MTC launches first Malaysian Wood Awards

In a bid to the highlight the versatility and beauty of Malaysian timbers, the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) has launched the country’s very first Malaysian Wood Awards.

The Awards will help further promote and encourage wider use of Malaysian timbers in the built environment as well as dispel many myths associated with timber while paying tribute to those who know how to use it best, said YB Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities.

“I hope the competition becomes a platform that will develop a ‘design-with-wood’ culture,” said Datuk Mah in a statement.

 Wood is known to be more resilient than steel without the coldness of touch associated with the latter. Engineered timber products are also stronger and more fire-resistant than other types of building materials. Timber beams, for instance, are able to maintain their structural integrity during a fire due to wood’s slow charring quality which gives people ample time to evacuate a building unlike steel or concrete as they buckle under high temperatures.

There is also considerable time savings in construction when timber is used.

The Malaysian Wood Awards, organised in collaboration with Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM), is open to all completed their projects in Malaysia during or after 2006. There are two categories to the competition – Public/ Commercial and the Residential category. A total cash prize of RM150,000 is up for grabs.

The jury will be made up of prominent foreign and local professionals from the architectural, engineering and timber fraternities.

Registration deadline is 30 August 2016 while the closing date for the submission of all entries is 31 December 2016.