Think about advancements in building and construction: wood might not be the first thing to spring to mind, but in fact some of the industry’s biggest innovations – in speed of build, safety, cost-saving and durability – are coming from more sophisticated use of good old-fashioned trees, says XLam CEO Gary Caulfield.

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The variety of products and technologies that can be derived from trees is mindboggling. New Zealand Crown Research Institute Scion is investigating exciting ways to obtain maximum value from this sustainable resource, thanks to help from AJ Park.

The competition was—for lack of a better word—stiff at this years NZ Wood Timber Design Awards, with winners including Wellington’s Supreme Court and the Waitomo Cave Visitor’s Centre. The awards even ventured as far as the sandy depths of the UAE. Take a look at the winning projects...