3rd Annual Conference – Register now!

Rotorua, New Zealand

27 August 2018
Pre-Conference Function

28 August 2018

The Third Annual Changing Perceptions of Engineered Timber in Construction conference will showcase the use of engineered timber internationally as well as explore changes in timber use in New Zealand. The value of wood will be explored from different angles, including both emotive and economic responses to engineered timber buildings.

This conference will continue on from the previous two events in this series, exploring further the use of engineered timber in buildings both in New Zealand and around the globe.


Event Sponsorship
If you are interested in sponsoring this event, or showcasing your product, please send us an email at office@innovatek.co.nz.




In recent years, mass timber has grown in leaps and bounds internationally in the commercial building industry. To keep pace with these global advances many leading architects, engineers and wood manufacturers attended a one-day conference in Rotorua last year on changing perceptions in wood building. Internationally, and locally more and more building developers are capitalising on engineering timber components in new commercial buildings.

The 3rd Annual “Changing Perceptions of Engineered Timber Conference” organised by Innovatek will further demonstrate the advantages for developers and tenants of using more timber in commercial construction. More and more “mass timber” developments being engineered and delivered. To register for updates or learn more please contact us.

Monday 27 August 2018
6:00 pmDrinks, Canapés & Networking
Pre-Conference Registration opens
Tuesday 28 August
7:00 amRegistration opens + Morning Tea & Networking
7:45 amWelcome from Conference Hosts
John Stulen, Director, Innovatek
Session 1: Building the Future Sustainably
8:00 am“The Truth and Nothing but the Truth” – about Project Management for Mass Timber Building Projects: Tips, tricks of the trade and things that the XLam team have learned
Gary Caulfield, XLam
8:20 amUpdate on the WPMA Design Guides for Timber Construction in New Zealand
Andy van Houtte, CGW
8:40 amCase Study: A New Zealand First: Lessons Learned from Building CLT Apartments over a Concrete Carpark Building
Merchant Quarter 2, New Lynne, Auckland
James Whetter, Partner, Jasmax
9:20 amBuilding with CLT for Housing New Zealand developments
Andrew Booker & Tim Campbell, Housing NZ Corporation
10:00 amCoffee Break + Networking
Session 2: Building Performance: Design and Implementation
10:30 amPracticalities of Design: The benefits of early supplier engagement
Jason Guiver, Project Development Manager, Nelson Pine
11:00 amCase Study: Architectural Features of a 12-Storey Timber Office Building
Wellington CBD for completion in 2019
Marc Woodbury, Senior Principal, Studio Pacific Architecture
11:30 amCase Study: Engineering Aspects of a 12-Storey Timber Office Building
Wellington CBD for completion in 2019
Alistair Cattanach, Director & Engineer, Dunning Thornton
12:00 pmLunch & Networking
Session 3: Project Delivery with Mass Timber
1:00 pmConstruction Project Case Study: The Iconic new Nelson Airport Terminal Building
Thomas Kaestner, Project Director, Naylor Love Construction
1:30 pmDesign for prefabrication and assembly (Nelson Airport Terminal Building)
Johann Betz, Founder, Offsite Design
1:45 pmCase Study: New Student Village Accommodation at Otago Polytechnic + Trade Advantages from Early Involvement in Commercial CLT Construction Projects
Sam Cadden, Director, Logic Group & Paul Parsons, CEO, Aotea Electrical
2:15 pmCase studies of tall mass timber structures: Global experience by a local office - Framework, OSU Peavy Hall and others
Daniel Moroder, Structural Engineer, PTL Structural Consultants
2:45 pmAfternoon Tea & Networking
Session 4: Overcoming Barriers and Growing the Market
3:15 pmAn Architects View of how Engineered Wood for Commercial Construction has Changed since NMIT
Andrew Irving, Director, Irving Smith Architects
3:45 pmUsing 3D Modelling to give Comprehensive Timber Solutions
Sam Leslie, Technical Sales Manager, TimberLab
4:15 pmResearch and Testing of Douglas Fir CLT: Early Results and Implications
Lisa-Mareike Ottenhaus, and Justin Brown, PHD Candidates, University of Canterbury
4:30 pmFinal Networking Session + Drinks & Canapes
6:30 pmConference concludes

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NZRAB CPD Points Available

Architect and Design attendees will be eligible to receive 60 NZRAB CPD Points. Please include your NZRAB number when registering for the conference.
Points Distribution: 50% Design, 50% Documentation.

Engineering New Zealand CPD

Engineering New Zealand Members can count this conference towards their Engineering New Zealand CPD hours requirement.

NZ Institute of Quantity Surveyors CPD

NZIQS attendees will be eligible to receive 8 CPD hours.


  • Distinction Hotel Rotorua

    390 Fenton Street, Rotorua

With its beautiful garden setting and located just minutes from the city centre, Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a big day at the conference. After the event, this hotel is also a great base to enjoy the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer.

Free car parking is available at the venue, however, spaces are limited and hotel guests take priority.

Please book accommodation directly with the Distinction Rotorua Hotel via the online booking button below. If you have difficulties in using the online booking, you can call 0800 654 789, (+64) 7 349 5200 or email reservations@distinctionrotorua.co.nz.

If planning on staying at the conference venue, Distinction Rotorua Hotel, we recommend you book your accommodation early. As a tourist destination, rooms in this hotel tend to fill very quickly.

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The Changing Perceptions of Engineered Timber for Construction conference offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in wood engineering to be a part of the future of timber use in New Zealand construction. Exhibition spaces will be made available to sponsors of this conference. These booths will provide a unique platform for promoting your products and services to the industry.

To register your interest as a sponsor and/or exhibitor, please contact us by emailing office@innovatek.co.nz.

Registration Rates

Super Early-Bird Ended 22 June 2018


+GST Per Person

Early-Bird Ended 20 July 2018


+GST per person
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Please Note

  • The conference registration rates are per person and include networking after the event.
  • All prices are in New Zealand dollars, and your account will be charged in New Zealand dollars.
  • All prices exclude 15% GST.
  • A credit card fee of 2.5% applies to all credit card transactions.
  • To be eligible for any special rates, registrations and payment must be received on or BEFORE the dates listed. All discounts require payment at time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive any discount.
  • Any discounts offered (including group discounts) require payment at the time of registration.
  • Your conference registration payment covers the morning and afternoon teas, lunch, refreshments, a conference handbook and access to presentations (electronic download for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).
  • Cancellation policy: For cancellations made on or before Friday 20 July 2018, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable, however, they are transferrable. Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed. If you wish to transfer your registration to another individual from within your company, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice.
  • The organisers reserve the right to change the programme when required.
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About Connex

CONNEX professional event organisers are based in both Rotorua and Dunedin, New Zealand. We have a wide range of conference and exhibition clients and our well deserved reputation spans more than 10 years.

CONNEX is a division of Innovatek Limited, an innovative technology and events management company.

We have organised and run more than 300 events throughout New Zealand, Australia & USA. We have a wide range of conference and exhibition clients and our well deserved reputation spans more than a decade.


Event Organiser

CONNEX: Event Innovators
(+64) 7 921 1382

Building X91, Sala Street,
Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

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