DesignBUILD , the leading trade event for the architecture, building, construction and design industries, will return to Sydney on 28 April. This year’s exhibition will showcase the ‘tiny house movement’ in the form of the nanoHouse.

Produced by DesignBUILD exhibitor Wood. Naturally Better. (WNB) in partnership with Planet Ark’s Make It Wood campaign, the nanoHouse was designed by renowned New Zealand architect, Daiman Otto. The nanoHouse has been designed for easy replication using a wide range of standard wood products such as plywood to create a low cost and low waste micro-dwelling, backyard studio, holiday home or disaster relief housing.

The nanoHouse will be installed in the Landscape Outdoor Zone of DesignBUILD with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects assisting with its surrounds. Interior designer, TV personality and Planet Ark Ambassador, James Treble will join Mr Otto onsite to speak about the features of the nanoHouse.

WNB spokesperson, Eileen Newbury explains that the nanoHouse’s structure does not use any screws or nails. People can order a replica of the nanoHouse online, after which it is cut to scale using a CNC machine and delivered as a flat pack for easy assembly by the buyer with basic tools and building skills.

WNB parent company, Forest Wood Products Australia, will also be exhibiting products and solutions by its specifier brand, WoodSolutions within the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Pavilion.

Ms Newbury comments that the WoodSolutions exhibition will be presented as an educational display for architects and building material specifiers, where they will be able to touch and feel new wood products, including cross laminated timber, structural insulated panels, laminated veneer lumber, glulam and other popular timber species.

Leading brands Dulux, Bondor and Graphisoft will join WoodSolutions in the AIA pavilion, where they will be demonstrating the benefits of BIM based solutions to architects, designers and construction professionals.

DesignBUILD Event Manager Ali Mead said this year’s DesignBUILD has a major focus on building materials with almost 50 per cent of the show floor dedicated to exhibitors specialising in timber, insulation and roofing. More than 100 brands will be showcasing the latest design and technological advancements in the industry in the DesignBUILD structural and materials section.

Registration is still open for DesignBUILD, which will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park’s Showground for three days from Tuesday 28 April.