World-class sustainable design on display at DesignBUILD 2015

New products and technologies from overseas present great opportunities for the sustainable building industry in Australia.

Guido Stock, Austria’s Consul General and Trade Commissioner, whose Sydney based office is responsible for promoting business relations between Australia and Austria, will introduce some of Austria’s most innovative sustainable building materials to the Australian building and construction community at this year’s DesignBUILD.

“Austria is one of the most densely forested countries in the world with approximately 50 per cent of the country covered by woodland. A focus on timber as a resource over centuries has seen us become a world leader in the innovative usage of this sustainable building material,” Mr Stock said. 

The suite of world-leading Austrian products and services for the construction of energy efficient buildings will be on display at DesignBUILD under the banner of Advantage Austria. The products and services will be introduced by representatives of Austrian companies or their local distribution partners on the show floor and during the event’s Industry Insights seminar.

“At this year’s DesignBUILD, visitors will learn more about some of Austria’s most advanced sustainable building products including high-tech cross-laminated timber material which was a key component in the construction of the Forté Building in Melbourne – the world’s largest apartment building made of timber - as well as the new wooden Docklands library in Melbourne” Mr Stock said.  

DesignBUILD will also welcome international exhibitors from across 14 other countries to its show floor – a 40 per cent increase on the number of countries represented in 2014 – including United Arab Emirates and the US, when the event returns to the Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday April 28 to Friday April 30, 2015.

Ali Mead, DesignBUILD Event Manager, said that the level of involvement from international manufacturers and suppliers cements DesignBUILD’s position as a world leading trade event for the building and construction industry.  

“Local companies are looking to overseas experts for the best advice on sustainable building materials, particularly for commercial infrastructure given the construction boom taking place in Sydney. DesignBUILD provides the unique opportunity for everyone to meet under the one roof.”

The main show floor at DesignBUILD will host more than 200 exhibitors, representing the largest Australian gathering dedicated to the architecture, building, construction and design community.

DesignBUILD will also feature a new interiors offering, DesignBUILD Interiors, which will be an additional show floor featuring a collective of authentic, design-led products and manufacturers.

For further information or to register to attend this free event visit

Media contact:

Jessica Brophy, Truth Agency


Phone: 03 9663 4171 or 0431 268 549

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