NEW changes made to the National Construction Code (NCC) looks to expand the use of timber across Australia. This update to the NCC will hopefully drum up new sales opportunities that could cause serious growth in the timber and construction sector.

The amended coding opens the door for a higher demand for both lightweight and heavy duty timber building systems. With these new changes set to take effect as of May 2016, everyone in the industry is gearing up for substantial growth.

The amendments have brought with it a breath of fresh air, as no change this significant has hit the timber industry in well over two decades. As a result, experts and businesses in the field are salivating at the notion of this new era within the timber industry.

It is not just the timber industry that expects to seek gains from this, either. The construction industry will benefit from the new coding, and will create – with hope – a more fruitful partnership between timber and construction. Tim Johnston, CEO of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries, is particularly excited about the benefits mid-rise building construction will see as a result. He said: ‘From this change we should see an increase in timber being chosen by the construction industry, and the opportunity for more innovative and diverse designs, in turn, providing a more competitive environment for consumers.’

With it looking likely that more time and effort will be put into using timber in construction, it is only a matter of time before expansion hits the timber sectors. Aside from innovative new designs and healthier consumer environments, there is a lot of money to be made. And, if all goes to plan, this growth will branch out beyond the two sectors and into other industries. Ric Sinclair, Managing Director of Forest and Wood Products Association, expects a surge of growth around these changes. He said: ‘The increased use of both lightweight and massive timber building systems is poised to generate increased awareness and uptake of wood and wood products, with a halo effect that has the potential to extend beyond the buildings immediately involved.’

Timber will definitely become more viable as a construction material in Australia, and benefit the consumers, environment and industries. The only question that remains is just how much growth and success these areas will see as a result.