Judging of the 2020 Australian Timber Design Awards has commenced with this year’s entries being assessed via an online meeting platform during COVID-19 restrictions.

Responsible Wood’s Jason Ross presents David Dubois of Dubois Building Design and Interior Architecture with the 2019 Australian Certified Timber Award for Mount Mulligan Lodge

Andrew Dunn, CEO, Timber Development Association, who is organising the national contest, explains in the latest edition of the Timber and Forestry E News:

“The awards are celebrating their 21st year – a very special year for the team and we are expecting big things,” said Andrew Dunn, CEO, Timber Development Association, which is organising the national contest.

“Distinguished by a proud heritage of innovation and achievement, the awards promote and encourage outstanding timber design.”

“The event will showcase the very best that Australian designers can produce in timber. The awards are open to builders, designers, architects, engineers and landscapers – to anyone involved in the design or building of structures that feature timber,” Mr Dunn said.

Featuring again is the Australian Certified Timber Category, supported by Responsible Wood.

Set in the rugged terrain of remote Queensland, on a cattle property only accessible by helicopter or by off-round 4WD, Mount Mulligan Lodge was a worthy winner of the 2019 awards in Melbourne.

In the words of David Dubois of Dubois Building Design and Interior Architecture, the use of Australian sourced and certified timber was all-important in capturing the earthiness and authenticity of the project.

“Where possible it was important to showcase Australian timber species, particularly the Queensland Spotted Gum species,” Mr Dubois said.

With around 75% of the timber used on the project certification through the Australian certification body Responsible Wood or through the international certification body Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) David Dubois can support talk with action.

In the case of Mount Mulligan Lodge all reception and guest room bungalows were constructed with a mix of recycled ironbark, and spotted gum used for the structure, cladding, desking and internal flooring.

Award winners will be featured permanently on the Australian Timber Design website, while runners-up to winners, and all participants will be acknowledged in the yearly ATDA e-Book.

Entry submissions close on July 15.

Entry details are available online at www.timberdesignawards.com.au.

Depending on COVID-19 restrictions in NSW, the gala presentation evening is scheduled for mid-October in Sydney with a decision on the exact date to be made later this year.

For more information about Mount Mulligan Lodge please look at our case study.

For more information about Responsible Wood and Sustainable Forest Management more generally please visit our website.