Theatre 2

Build your expert knowledge with a combination of keynote presentations, panel discussions and practical debates onsite at DesignBUILD.

Discover practical applications to help you with your next project and stay up to date with the latest in compliance policy and new materials on the market only in DesignBUILD’s Theatre 2 Program.

Just like Theatre 1, this seminar theatre will be a unique construction as part of DesignBUILD RAW, designed and built by the next generation of industry stars. You’ll have to wait to see the finished product – but these constructions, along with our Incubator feature and bar concepts will offer a look into what the future collaborators of our industry have in store for us.

Seminar Prices:

All sessions are $25.00 + GST

Wednesday 3rd May

Flush thresholds are increasingly popular in a wide range of commercial and residential building projects offering benefits of accessibility, seamless transition between internal and external environments and a clean aesthetic. The correct specification and detailing of flush thresholds is critical to ensuring compliance with the National Construction Code, Waterproofing Standards, Accessibility and Slip resistance Guidelines. This informative presentation provides a complete overview of the considerations for the specification of Flush Thresholds under relevant Australian Standards and Codes as well as providing insight into the hydraulic factors influencing drain selection and design for flush threshold applications.


With precast concrete increasingly recognized as a sustainable construction solution, this presentation will explore the reasons why precast continues to grow its market share because of the sustainability benefits it offers. As well as the more traditional practices and range of shape, colour and texture options, the presentation will also deliver information about more recent technologies that provide Australian designers with vastly increased choices. Such technologies will include the growing trend to incorporate products like TermoDeck and insulated sandwich panels in total precast structures, together with the use of stains, form liners, graphic concreteTM and photocatalytic coatings.


The National Construction Code introduced Deemed-To-Satisfy provisions for lightweight and massive timber construction in buildings up to 25m effective height (8 storeys). No height limits are set for designs based on Performance Solutions. The benefits of building with timber include cost effectiveness, fire safety, faster programs, acoustic comfort and sustainability.


As cities become ever more urbanised, greater numbers of people will be spending more time within interior environments. How are the next generation of design professionals coming to terms with this increased role of interiors? A selection of recent projects from UNSW Interior Architecture design studios will be showcased as a means of discussing innovative approaches to interiors, and particularly their vital place in our future cities.


Austria is both a constant innovator in high-performance buildings in general and the world’s largest supplier of Cross-Laminated-Timber (CLT) technology in particular. While CLT construction has become a popular method of residential and commercial building construction throughout Central and Northern Europe, it has gained recent traction in Australia, too, presenting a sustainable alternative to conventional concrete and steel constructions.
This lecture reviews pros & cons of CLT construction for Australian conditions, most importantly considering issues concerning compliance (mainly code & regulations), building physics (focus on dewpoint management) and professional skills (off and on site).


This session focuses on European trends in pre-fabricated building manufacturing, and will give the audience an insight into prefabricated construction systems, its applications and advantages, and innovative technologies in this field.

Thursday 4th May

With an ever increasing demand for kitchen technology and convenience, attendees will experience a unique glimpse into the latest European technology and innovation featured in several of Schweigen’s exclusive new kitchen appliance range.  We will explore how kitchen appliance designers are focusing on product finishes and innovative lighting and technology to appeal to the luxury market.


Multi storey home unit dwellings continue to be built with substantial defects. With particular focus on facade and waterproofing issues, Ross Taylor looks at the origins of such defects and describes 3 proven strategies for prevention. With 40 years’ experience in the analysis, repair and prevention of defects, Ross has found that primary causal factors to be related to design and design coordination. Once the responsibility of a few such as Architects and Engineers, now we see that the design role is dispersed across a wide spectrum of Industry.


Architectural achievements in the built environment can be inspiring, successful AND sustainable. The next 15 years will have higher expectations to achieve such excellence. And change is on the way. Whether you’re on the supply or demand side, learn how to achieve credible and creative outcomes for a sustainable future.


This presentation reviews and collates the current guidance material in Australia relating to the manufacture, construction, transporting and erection of precast concrete and provides practical advice to safely managing the associated risks.  At the core of the presentation is the ‘Erection Documentation’ (as referenced in AS 3850:2015) as it provides a vehicle for project wide communication of the risks and control measures in-place to enable the safe and efficient use of precast concrete.


An examination of the obligations imposed on designers under the Work Health & Safety legislation and practical steps designers need to take in order to comply with those obligations


Friday 5th May

Through the continual evolution of standards and regulations, improvement to construction methods and greater consumer expectations, windows are a complex product that need to be selected with care.  Many products being sold into the market do not comply with the National Construction Code or Australian Standards.  This session will clearly identify the requirements for windows and doors to comply with Australian Building Regulations.


This presentation explores from a city planning level right down to the individual product, what it is going to take to turn around our climate impacts and how professionals can take charge of their purchasing decisions at work and home to effectively do their bit to redress current climate impacts.


Concrete technology is on a journey of continuous evolution. This presentation will explore applications of new technologies that have been engaged for various case studies of recently completed projects. It will highlight the improved finishes, shapes and textures that are currently available for the designer to explore.


This presentation will delve into some of the choices during the building process and how good design and specification of glazing can boost the performance and comfort of the home. The focus will be on getting the choices made during the design and construction working for the life of the building and avoiding renovation/building regrets.


A discussion of the most frequent and concerning issues that continually arise for builders in relation to their contracts and the obligations in them. Answers and solutions will be provided.


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