Wood In Architecture Issue 1, 2018

SHOW REVIEW 61 WOOD IN ARCHITECTURE • ISSUE 1 • 2018 The Malaysian Timber Council’s International Conference on Wood Architecture highlights why timber is the star buildingmaterial of the 21 st century. A magniĮcent building material like timber should not be reduced to secondary functions and Malaysian architects as well as structural engineers need to relook the use of timber in architecture. As the world moves towards changing building code regulations to accommodate timber high-rises, Malaysia should consider revisi Ɵ ng its building tradi Ɵ on with this material. This was the message conveyed by the dis Ɵ nguished panel of speakers at the Malaysian Timber Council’s (MTC) International Conference on Wood Architecture held Nov 9 in Kuala Lumpur. The panel included world-renowned Datu Nasrun Datu Mansur o ĸ ciated the opening ceremony on behalf of Minister YB Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong. Also present was MTC Chief Execu Ɵ ve O ĸ cer Datuk Dr Abdul Rahim Nik. Players in the construc Ɵ on industry will Įnd themselves in a transi Ɵ on period and will have to employ a different a ƫ tudewhichwouldbeamorenurturing one when they build with Ɵ mber as the government ins Ɵ tutes various ini Ɵ a Ɵ ves such as the Industrialised Building System or IBS, said Nasrun, delivering a speech on behalf of Minister Mah. “Under the IBS, components such as Ɵ mber frames will be prefabricated Conference participants (from left): Kevin Hill, PAM President Ezumi Harzani, Norihide Imagawa, Almaz Salma Abdul Rahim, MTC Deputy CEO Richard Yu, JKR Civil and Structural Engineering Branch Director Ir Muhammad Azman Jamrus, Azman Md Nor, Boris Iskra and Andrew Waugh. architects and engineers Andrew Waugh, Norihide Imagawa, KevinHill and Boris Iskra. Malaysian architects Almaz Salma Abdul Rahim and Azman Md Nor, Įrst and second prize winners, respec Ɵ vely, of MTC’s inaugural MalaysianWood Awards 2017, spoke on their winning designs as well as on their other wood-based structures. The conference promotes the use of timber and highlights the need to change the mindsets of those in the construc Ɵ on industry. About 300 delegates a Ʃ ended. Deputy Minister of the Planta Ɵ on Industries and Commodi Ɵ es YB Datuk or manufactured off-site to improve productivity and reduce on-site construction waste. The use of IBS components with a minimum score of 70 per cent in government projects will bemademandatory. IBS is also expected to improve produc Ɵ vity by 2.5 Ɵ mes,” he added. In the recent Budget 2018,Malaysia’s prime minister announced various initiatives to strengthen small-and- medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as enhance automa Ɵ on and Bumiputera entrepreneurship. “Sensa Ɵ onal Ɵ mber structures have been developed primarily in European countries and this is something which we can emulate. Building regula Ɵ ons are also being revised, reflecting the successes accomplished in countries which have constructed tall timber structures. Malaysia should embrace the advancements that Ɵ mber architecture is o ī ering,” Abdul Rahim said. A mini exhibition was also held in conjunction with the conference to showcase products such as doors, flooring, decking, panel products, mouldings and glulam. These enabled specifiers and users to know what is available in the market. | WIA