We follow with the presentation by Reinhard Kropf of Helen & Hard of Norway.

His talk was entitled, “Experiences from prefabrication of wooden buildings.”

As an architectural company and now working with timber they were forced to approach architecture differently.

Also working with wood/Timber the thought process has to be design, production and assembly from start to finish.

Pic of Vennesia Library page 3

The use of digital tools and BIM is essential

The importance of Structural model is critical, especially when working with prefabrication

Pic page 9

Timber Construction by means of prefabrication does not apply to small buildings with two or three levels but with major buildings (use pic page 11) and the interface between the structure and concrete slab/roof supports is all part of the focus on the whole rather than the parts.

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Note the innovative and beautiful timber joints that can be used. pic page 13

The presentation continued with the different models and how timber can be used best with stunning photos of the work the practice has done.

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part of text . Image credit: Helen & Hard, Norway