#3: Material: Timber, in Residential & Commercial Buiding
The change in Australia’s building code will mean greater opportunities for use of timber and wood products in multi-storey construction.
The changed regulations come in an environment in which innovations such as engineered timbers are driving a broadening of the applications of structural wood products in multi-storey buildings.
Lendlease, Bangaroo [Sydney]
The first commercial office building in Australia made completely from timber will be built by Lendlease as the gateway to its multi-billion dollar Barangaroo development in Sydney.
The six-storey International House Sydney will be made from engineered wood – Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glulam (glue laminated timber) – setting a new benchmark in the use of sustainable building materials.
The timbers are sourced from sustainably managed forests in Austria. The CLT has PEFC chain of custody certification.
Engineered wood products are prefabricated in a factory and transported to the building site where they are put together like a Lego set. CLT consists of layers of softwood timber arranged crosswise on top of each other and glued together under pressure into large panels.
Apart from a lower carbon footprint, engineered wood produced zero waste, and was safer and generally faster to build with.
International House Sydney is be located on Sussex Street, Sydney. The front Exchange Place, and entry point to the precinct is expected to host more than 33,000 visitors daily.