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Looking for technical information or design inspiration? Housing rounds up the latest tools to advance your knowledge.

All-in-one timber source

Building with timber? Visit WoodSolutions for information and product news, data and technical guidance. Learn about species, materials and applications for timber. Check out case studies, fact sheets, Environmental Product Declarations, and the InFocus video series for quick educational content. WoodSolutions also has more than 50 Technical Design Guides, an ongoing CPD-aligned webinar series and a Timber Talks podcast that covers the latest innovations in the industry. 

Still can’t find what you need? Submit your questions to industry leaders at its ‘Ask an Expert’ portal. Further your professional knowledge at the WoodSolutions Campus, which has courses ranging from timber engineering to design for durability. In addition, sign up and boost your customer base with more than 100,000 visitor click-throughs with a free WoodSolutions supplier listing.

Speeding up the process

In our industry, there are times when immediate cashflow is required to help you finalise a construction project or to capitalise on an investment opportunity. Capital Bridging Finance, a boutique Australian lending firm, provides short-term loans faster than any other major or private lender. It offers flexible payment terms to capitalise, prepay or service your monthly interest in a way that suits your situation. 

As well as minimising red tape, Capital Bridging Finance boasts flexibility and speed – it allows your loan to be settled within 48 hours from approved application. So, if you’re looking for an urgent bridging loan or to top up a construction loan, talk to Capital Bridging Finance for a quick solution. 

Looking beneath the surface

While we’re all aware of its quality surfaces, Laminex has now produced a podcast series that surprises and delights. The Laminex Learning Bites episodes include: ‘Daily mental health tools that can change your life’; ‘How to influence others in three steps’ and ‘The delicate art of giving feedback’. 

In the episode, ‘Interior design hacks – the kitchen’, host Ayse Caglar finds out about top tips and tricks from Laminex assistant designer Sean Oldfield. He looks at different kitchen styles that range from industrial and Hamptons designs to modern, Scandinavian and classic. 

Specification companion

Developed by The Tilling Group, the innovative SmartFrame app is a mobile-friendly specification companion. It provides quick, convenient access to engineered verified span tables, and confirms that your chosen timber application complies with engineered design guide specifications. 

The app provides extensive product information by category and includes design and installation guides. It can also locate the nearest supplier via GPS or postcode locator. Here, you can send a direct enquiry from the app to its support team. Search for SmartFrame in your App Store. 

Women’s vision

Written by women for women, BuildHer is a book compiled by Rekeka Morgan and Kribashini Hannon, two Melbourne construction specialists and now partners of James Hardie. After several years managing large-scale projects and renovating properties for profit, they recognised a gap in the market – bringing women together in this industry. 

That’s why they created ‘an online global community of kick-ass women who can share the highs and the lows’. The book shows the building and renovation process from go to whoa, looking at planning permits and design, budgets, case studies and much more.

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