News Archive – 2015

    Innovation on stilts

    Innovation on stilts, the Callaghan Innovation Lab Office Pod is taking shape. Inspiration from Chris Moller and Makers of Architecture with engineering from PTL.
    Check out more here.

    Agreement paves the way for Pres-Lam in North America

    FPInnovations has gained exclusive rights to Pres-Lam (FPInnovations signs licensing agreement with NZ-based firms), recognizing it as the right building system to enhance the appeal of constructing mid-rise and tall timber buildings, and paving the way for the increased use of Pres-Lam in North America.
    PTL already consult to some of North America’s top firms, ensuring their buildings remain world leading through the application of Pres-Lam and other exciting structural timber technologies.
    As the world experts in the design and application of Pres-Lam technology, PTL are the team for your new and innovative timber building!

    Innovative timber in the spotlight

    Innovative timber buildings, many of which involved the expertise of PTL timber engineers, have been showcased in the following article which highlights many of the eco-friendly and resilient principles to which the PTL team carry out their work: As the author says "...if you are building new, why not make it as resilient, sustainable, and future-proof as possible?" something PTLs timber engineering team can ensure for your next project.

    PTL Principal wins Kiwinet supreme commercialization award

    PTL Principal Andy Buchanan was awarded three categories at the third annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards in Auckland, including the BNZ supreme award and the people’s choice award. Around 250 people attended the Awards reception to bring together the people and technologies changing the research commercialisation landscape in New Zealand. "The awards celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of those who strive to bridge the gap between clever science and innovative business. We hope this event will inspire the next generation of innovative researchers and entrepreneurs.” said Dr Bram Smith, General Manager of KiwiNet during the event, "These people are quietly revolutionizing the New Zealand innovation landscape

    PTL Principal Research Entrepreneur Finalist

    KDC-andyPTL timber engineer Andy Buchanan has been celebrated as a hero of research commercialization ( "He and his team have initiated a step-change in the perception of structural timber, allowing direct competition with concrete and steel for large span and multi-storey buildings, for the first time. His innovative products allow architects to design structures not previously possible with traditional materials."
    PTLs recognized innovation in timber engineering delivers results with real commercial benefits. Contact us to see how our innovation can benefit your next project.

    Find out about timber buildings at SapWOOD

    The Timber Design Society SapWOOD conference will be held in Christchurch from the 13th - 15th of May, ( PTL engineers will be presenting on a range of topics focusing on the present state and future of timber buildings both in NZ and around the world. Join PTL, Architects, Property Developers, Quantity Surveyors and Industry body and Government representatives for THE timber event of 2015.

    PTL’s Alessandro Palermo to attend European Pres-Lam Building inauguration

    AP-ETCHHouseThe inaugural ceremony of the ETH Zurich House of Natural Resources will be held on 2nd June 2015. The House of Natural Resources is the first Pres-Lam structure to be completed outside of New Zealand and paves the way for this technology in Europe. PTL Principal Alessandro Palermo (shown here with ETH professor and lead designer Andrea Frangi) will be attending the inauguration on behalf of PTL. Alessandro’s presence and his work in Zurich over the coming months reinforce the bond between PTL and this exciting new market.




    PTL Spreading the word about timber buildings

    PTL Principal Alessandro Palermo and General Manager Tobias Smith will be talking about timber buildings over the space of two days in two different hemispheres.

    In London, Alessandro will be giving a presentation titled "Recent Applications of Post-Tensioning Techniques to Multi-Storey Timber Buildings" to the Institution of Civil Engineers on the 25th of March ( Meanwhile in Christchurch, Tobias will be presenting in a breakout session of the Seismics in the City 2015 smart net event talking about timber as the smart choice for future proof structures (

    Two events spreading the word about timber as the seismic resistant and smart choice for structures.

    'Wood has a role to play in our cities' says Michael Green

    Wood is critical to the future of our cities in the opinion of Michael Green who believes that timber is the most technologically advanced material available to him as an architect. Green also discusses the uniqueness of timber and peoples reaction to it "Every time people go into my buildings that are wood I notice they react completely differently. I've never seen anybody walk into one of my buildings and hug a steel or concrete column, but I've actually seen that happen in wood buildings". Check out Green's full presentation at and get in touch with PTL to discuss your piece of the history with a future proof timber building.

    PTL to present Pres-Lam in historic city of Matera

    materaPTL Principal Stefano Pampanin will be presenting a seminar on Pres-Lam as part of an afternoon of timber engineering called "Progettiamo il Nostro Futuro" or Designing our future. During the seminar organized by the Canducci Group, one of Italy's foremost timber engineering companies (, Stefano will discuss the potentials of Pres-Lam in one of Europe's most seismic areas.

    The seminar will be held in Matera, 27 February 2015, 2.30pm, Centro sportivo Marcosano.

    PTL removing barriers identified in multi-storey timber buildings survey

    Multi-storey timber buildingsA recent survey of multistory timber buildings in Christchurch which identified key hurdles in their construction has been published in the journal of the New Zealand Timber Design Society ( With 3 of the 4 buildings surveyed being Pres-Lam PTL is well placed to overcome these hurdles and maximize the use of timber in the rebuild. "Respondents felt that more buildings should be built in wood, but noted industry-wide perceptions that building in wood entailed significantly higher costs" writes survey author Dr. David Evison. Through the knowledge and expertise of PTL costs can be driven down making timber an economic and sustainable solution.

    First Pres-Lam building nearing completion in Europe

    ETH - Pres-Lam

    The ETH Zurich House of Natural Resources is nearing completion ( "...the composite floor and the post-tensioned frame construction are very cost effective,” explains project manager Andrea Frangi, Professor of Timber Structures at ETH Zurich’s Institute of Structural Engineering.