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Timber Construction Conference – 12 September 2023

Themed “Growing Timber Connections”, the Timber Construction Conference will take place on 12 September 2023 at Future Africa in Pretoria. It will be tailored specifically for engineers and architects who play pivotal roles in shaping the future of construction.

The event – which will feature a knowledge-sharing conference, an exhibition by industry and students, a Timber Design Competition and networking – is organised by University of Pretoria (UP), Enterprises University of Pretoria (EUP), Pretoria Institute for Architects (PIA), the Department of Trade Industry and Competition (dtic) and sponsored by York Timbers. 

Dr Schalk Grobbelaar, senior lecturer in the Department of Engineering & Technology Management and chairperson of the York Timbers Chair in Wood Structural Engineering, says: “We aim to uncover the remarkable benefits of timber as a construction material, from its sustainability and versatility to its aesthetic appeal and energy efficiency. Together, let us shape the future of sustainable building practices in South Africa.” 

The  conference also seeks to promote the widespread adoption of timber construction throughout South Africa, showcasing its numerous benefits and exploring its vast potential. The conference will bring together industry experts, government officials, and thought leaders to share their knowledge, insights, and experiences.

This event promises to be an enlightening and collaborative gathering. The conference will feature engaging presentations, panel discussions, and an exciting exhibition, providing a platform for networking, knowledge exchange, and exploring the latest innovations in timber construction.  

Furthermore, the conference will culminate in announcing the Timber Construction Design Competition winners sponsored by York Timbers, recognising excellence and innovation in timber construction.

Location: Future Africa Main Auditorium, Innovation Africa, Hillcrest Campus, University of Pretoria 

To register

Space is limited. The cost per person is R950.

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