NZ at forefront of timber renaissance for commercial buildings

Daryl Patterson is a good humoured evangelist when it comes to timber construction – not just framing in houses but for high rises and commercial buildings.

His message about lighter weight timber buildings has particular resonance for the “shaky isles” – especially Wellington’s reclaimed waterfront – even though Christchurch’s central city rebuild is dominated by concrete and steel.

Patterson is head of operational excellence at Australian development company Lend Lease and has been in New Zealand for the past fortnight presenting awards for timber construction, and holding industry forums with Kiwi experts in the field.

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