In another new departure, the event will be split into two digestible two-hour online sessions. The first event, focusing on fire and timber, will take place from 10-12am on November 5, while second, focusing on the durability of timber and CLT, will take place from 10-12am on November 11.

The November 5 session will include a presentation by Danny Hopkin, technical director at OFR Fire and Risk Consultants, who will describe an industry-led research project to establish a compliance road map and fire safe design envelope for mass timber buildings.

This will be followed by a sponsor presentation by Josef Kowal of SHERPA; a presentation by Jonathan Roynon, technical director at BuroHappold, on designing mid-rise timber structures to meet regulations and client needs in commercial developments; and Ben Price, technical manager at B&K Structures, who will cover the same subject in respect of residential properties.

On November 11, speakers will include Jennifer Eriksson, a timber engineer at Stora Enso, providing a recap and introduction to the wetting and drying research project for cross-laminated timber (CLT) that she spoke on at last year’s conference.

Lewis Taylor, timber frame consultant at BM TRADA will then speak on test methodology, results and conclusions to date on the aforementioned CLT wetting and drying research project; and Daniel Kreissig will provide a sponsor’s presentation on behalf of Züblin.

The November 5 and 11 events will both have Q&A sessions.

The conference is free to all staff working for a current TRADA member company, while non-members can join at £30+VAT per event.