Now in its 10th year, the conference aims at professionals from the domains of architecture, engineering, wood construction, carpentry, planning, interior decorators, universities and their students as well as investors and the state sector.

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The 10th WOOD Conference takes place on 26 February 2020, at the International Convention Centre, Cape Town. Ten years ago, the first conference attracted 70 delegates, and last year was just short of 800.

The organisers intend to convey ideas and give inspiration for sustainable, green and energy-efficient construction with wood, both high-end and low-end. Participants will be shown solutions on how to build with wood and will be given architectural, town-planning and technological and scientific background information.

By including South African speakers together with an impressive list of international speakers, the conference promises to show the scope that timber construction can play in providing houses in South Africa. Some of the local speakers are:

  • Hermann Kamte – Architect; ‘Wood as the alternative to the city reliance on less sustainable material’ – Cameroon
  • Arne Gunter – Architect; ‘A Systemic approach to timber in the African context’ – South Africa
  • Peter Bisset‘Tiny homes’ – a South African perspective
  • Jamie Smylie – Architect; ‘A South African case for mass timber’ – South Africa
  • Carla Jooste – Candidate Architect; ‘My Experience as the Timber Competition winner (WSF)’ – South Africa
  • Phillipus Rudolph Botha – Architect; ‘Floating Fynbos’
  • Brand Wessels – Professor; ‘Can (and should) locally produced wood materials become the dominant construction material for South African residential buildings?’ – South Africa
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