Smarter structural solutions
From housing products to building methods and structural solutions, another Australian company invested in innovation is Tilling Timber, which has been a participant in the timber industry for more than 50 years. It keeps an eye on new product development globally and has built significant intellectual property into its software and engineered product formulas.
‘Tilling Timber has a highly committed staff culture, and directors who have continued to reinvest in the business for its entire history,’ says Leon Quinn, national sales manager at the Tilling Group. ‘This has made Tilling a highly respected wholesale distributor, and the SmartFrame product range one of, if not, the most popular engineered solutions in the Australian market.’
This ‘extremely’ lightweight range is suitable for timber structures in residential building, from single-dwellings and high-end projects to multi-residential and government buildings. Leon says the SmartJoist is a high-performing floor joist predominantly used in upper floor systems in two-storey homes.
‘To help builders to best use our products we provide engineered design services in our Design Centre which is staffed by three engineers and more than 40 designers,’ Leon says. ‘They provide the design service required to produce 14,000 unique designs, and field over 27,000 individual requests per annum.
‘We would encourage any builder who hasn’t yet tried SmartFrame as a structural solution to ask their timber merchant for a SmartFrame design and quotation, or ask their fabricator for a SmartFrame option as part of your prefabricated package. You can achieve premium performance at a very economical price, and your carpentry trades will love them because it’s a great system to install!’
Leon adds that Tilling’s innovation in recent years has centred on software enhancement, design consistency and communication tools to ensure that builders achieve great performance and compliance, along with the economy needed in a competitive market.
‘We have invested heavily in highly efficient communication of files through a Design Portal, which we call SmartFrameWork,’ Leon says. ‘This interface allows builders and our resellers to access all files relating to the building project.
‘Our engineered design forms part of each builders’ source documentation, so instant access and exchange of files for any amendments or specification changes to a project are accurately captured in real time. Our expansive range of high-performing SmartFrame products like Tecbeam and LVL19 also allows builders to reduce the amount of costly heavy steel in their frames.’
When manufacturers – emerging or established – place invention and clever design at the core of what they do, the marketplace benefits with better, more functional solutions.
This article was compiled with contributions from Daikin, Vent-A-Roof, B&D Doors, Tilling Timber and Cinderella Eco Group.