NEWS IN BRIEF: The Victorian government released its circular economy strategy this week, which included a new purple bin for glass waste because it’s a big contaminant in recycling streams. There’s also a container deposit scheme and plans to invest $100 million in research that will help expand the local processing and manufacturing industry and create more products. The government […]
The Fifth Estate last week moderated a panel on timber at an event at timber 25 King Street, Brisbane, the 10-storey timber office building. The event was organised by Bates Smart and Aurecon as part of the Brisbane Open House program. The following is a report based on interviews ahead of the event and on […]
Steel and concrete are New Zealand’s worst offenders when it comes to embodied carbon, together contributing more than half the carbon footprint of both residential and non-residential construction, according to a new report.
The use of cross laminated timber (CLT) and other engineered timber products is on the rise around the world but struggling with low awareness levels and concerns about fire risk and toxicity. Now the industry is fighting back. Last year in the wake of the Grenfell fire disaster the UK government banned combustible materials from […]
Materials cannot be separated from the specific building performance and context, and to do so is taking a simplistic view.
Andrew Morgan and David Wise run a company that previously worked in the Tasmanian forest industries.
The demand for radical change by the United Nations in October this year to limit global warming to a 1.5 degree global temperature increase, requires fundamental change.
There’s an information war going on between advocates for timber, concrete and steel, and everyone is claiming their material is the best from an environmental perspective.
Brisbane based architect Mark Thomson has just come back from judging a segment in the World Architecture Festival in Europe. While he was there he also gave two presentations to the UN General Assembly in Geneva and had a big look around at what countries on the far side of sustainability are doing on the ground. He’s feeling humbled.
Timber Queensland has a new board as the industry gets set for lobbying of government for better practices in response to stronger take up of this material.
Commercial offices are a “forgotten market” in WA for exploring sustainable building options. Now they’ve got a new timber building designed by Harris Jenkins Architects and Josh Byrne and Associates.
There is a lot of grief in Australia’s construction industry this week following the demise of Strongbuild. It’s time for some frank realities to be outed from the shadows.
NEWS FROM THE FRONT DESK ISSUE NO 413– UPDATED 9.28 PM: The prefab industry is strong despite Strongbuild falling into voluntary administration. But the industry has big challenges.
If you have a lovely timber table, people will admire it and sit around it, but if it’s laminate or glass, it’s not so likely, says architect James Fitzpatrick. It’s like the dents and scratches of an antique chair, prized because of the character they create.
It’s World Environment Day on 5 June and 35 years after leading the fight to save the Franklin River in Tasmania and starting the most successful alternative political party in its wake, The Greens, Bob Brown reckons we’ve got another big environmental fight on our hands in Tasmania to save The Tarkine/takayna wilderness.
Timber Queensland, the peak body for the state’s timber industry, has called on the government to make good on its commitment to the sector. In 2017, natural resources minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the government would “continue to support the industry and promote initiatives which create and support jobs, improve existing economic strengths, add value […]
WoodSolutions is seeking a knowledgeable and enthusiastic Technical Team Consultant to drive the organisation’s Design and Build Presentation Program across South Australia.
The timber and prefab sector is set to kick goals again this year if a raft of ambitious projects get the go ahead, among them one of the biggest commercial timber building in the world by volume.
Just like climate change these materials are not of the future – they are here now. And their development must be accelerated if we want to reach zero carbon or better.
In a state first, all Tasmanian government projects will now be required to consider locally sourced timber in project design, following the adoption of a formal wood encouragement policy. The Tasmanian Wood Encouragement Policy was foreshadowed in last year’s state budget as a measure to grow the state’s timber industry. It was developed by the […]
Canadian developer PortLiving is set to build a 19-storey mixed-use residential project that will be Vancouver’s tallest hybrid timber tower. The Terrace House project has been designed by Shigeru Ban Architects, the first Canadian project for the Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect, with Local Vancouver practice Francl Architecture also appointed as collaborators. The tower will stand […]
Proposals to improve the sustainability performance of residential buildings as part of a new Queensland Building Plan are ignoring the biggest carbon win, according to chief executive of Timber Queensland Mick Stephens. His association has called on the government to ensure that sustainable materials are made part of the policy, and that embodied energy impacts […]
When you get timber design right, working with different professions, it’s like beautiful music – says UK architect Andrew Waugh. But timber buildings are also like a tsunami – the UK has 500 already and his firm is “run off its feet” with demand. Designing with timber means learning to move away from a concrete and […]
According to a growing swathe of research, timber used as a material for interiors and furnishings can enhance human wellbeing and contribute to improved indoor environment quality, from maintaining a sense of warmth in winter to absorbing moisture and enhancing our ability to think. Wood works on multiple levels, director of the Centre for Sustainable […]
Take a group of average Australians from every state except the Northern Territory and ask them what they think about the idea of massive timber construction for their homes, and the responses are likely to include fears about termites, fire and rot. They are also mostly in the dark about the sustainability gains the new […]
Engineered timber, prefabrication, recycled timber and strong sustainability ideas dominated the 2016 Timber Design Awards, announced in Sydney last week. The Grand Prix award went to JAWSARCHITECTS for the Three Capes Track Cabins on Tasmania’s South East Coast. The project also won the award in the multi-residential category. The cabins’ location on the Tasmanian Peninsula […]
Lendlease’s six-storey engineered timber office at Barangaroo has topped out this week, with an internal team celebration held on Wednesday, and after a raft of publicity in print, television and online media that reveals timber’s time has come.
The University of Queensland has teamed up with Arup, Lendlease, Hyne Timber and the state government to create a research centre tasked with bringing the tall timber construction revolution up north.
The sustainability case for timber in building will now be easier to quantify, with the Australian timber industry this week registering the first industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration as part of the new Australasian EPD Programme.
Timber construction is on the up; in Austria that’s literally, with developers in that country soon starting work on a building they say will be the world’s tallest commercial timber structure. Some of the developers’ compatriots in the timber building industry are expected to be star attractions at DesignBUILD expo in Sydney at the end […]