Victoria’s circular economy strategy, the first engineered timber hotel and more

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 […]

Views from the World Architecture Awards 

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.

Bob Brown: the next big battle for Tasmania is The Tarkine

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.

Queensland timber industry calls for more government support

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 […]

Tassie takes the lead in promoting sustainable timber in buildings

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 […]

Timber goes even taller in Vancouver

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 […]

Queensland Building Plan: Timber industry calls on government to prioritise sustainable materials

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 […]

Green Cities: Timber is the disruption this industry needs

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 […]

How wood is good for creating healthier buildings

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 […]

Big ideas and small footprint projects winners at 2016 Timber Design Awards

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 […]