Exciting ventures are on the horizon for WoodSolutions, starting with introducing the newly appointed Head of Built Environment Programs & WoodSolutions Program Lead, Kevin Peachey.

Kevin was previously the Statistics and Economics Manager at Forest & Wood Products Australia and had earlier worked with Australian Forest Products Association, Timber Towns Victoria, and the National Timber Councils Association. He has a great passion and understanding of wood products and is enthusiastic to lead the WoodSolutions team. He will also continue in his role as Chair of the Resilient Timber Housing Program.

“I look forward to working with all stakeholders involved in project development, design, and construction within the built environment through my new role in the WoodSolutions Program,” said Kevin.

Hitting the ground running, Kevin is excited to announce the 6-month advisory role of Karl-Heinz Weiss, director of Weiss Insights, a respected industry consultant known for his pioneering work in engineered timber for the design and construction sectors in the UK, Europe, and Australia.

Kevin and Karl-Heinz will work closely together to evaluate and further develop the WoodSolutions strategy and objectives. They will move straight to consultation and collaboration with the design and build industry, and stakeholders. 

“I am excited to support the WoodSolutions team as we develop the strategic framework to build on their significant existing achievements, developing the plan and pathway for further success… at a time when timber is experiencing a renewed focus as a low carbon solution across the sector,” said Karl-Heinz. 

“WoodSolutions connects design and build specifiers with invaluable practical information to successfully utilise timber in their projects and we are excited to see what this new collaboration will bring for the program.”

WoodSolutions has been active for over 12 years and during this time has been a consistently growing source of information and resources for the design and build industry. The program is known for its ability to pivot and deliver for the needs of its users. During COVID, the team worked to bring their popular Continuing Professional Development presentations to an online, accessible format with remarkable success.

Recently, WoodSolutions brought back its popular international study tour attended by building professionals from across Australia. Touring timber buildings and innovative building material plants across Norway and Sweden, Kevin experienced first-hand how the WoodSolutions team works to promote timber innovation and how it is reshaping the future of construction.

“Our goal is to work with industry to determine the activities to address their needs. We aim to further advance the WoodSolutions mission to provide reliable and comprehensive information to facilitate informed decision-making about using wood and wood products in the built environment,” Kevin concluded.