Sustainability is one of the guiding principles in the use of timber across a range of structural, exterior and interior applications in the buildings that are featured on WoodSolutions. More than anything, these projects and those behind them recognise the potential of timber as the only truly renewable and sustainable building material.
So what makes building with timber sustainable?
A large part of the answer lies in timber's low embodied energy - that is, minimal non-renewable energy is consumed in the production of and construction with timber. Timber also has inherent thermal properties, meaning timber structures rely less on carbon-emitting heating and cooling devices. And timber has natural durability, with many Australian hardwoods having an above ground life of 50+ years, meaning less energy is consumed in maintenance, demolition and new construction. Add to this timber's recyclability, the fact that it stores carbon for life, and a high aesthetic quality, and you have a building material that begs the question - why not specify timber for your next design or building project?
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Designed for its small carbon footprint, the 52 Cubic Wood office was created through a partnership of two design firms.
The Weberhaus conference centre uses a huge amount of wood in its sustainable construction.
The Ballarat University Building Construction Training Centre was built before the embodied energy requirements were instituted, but still is very sustainable.
This home just off the coast from Melbourne has many unique features – not least its history as a chicory kiln and the reuse of an artwork as ceiling lining.
Hovering like a caterpillar's cocoon, the Yellow Treehouse is a beautiful redwood structure.
The Aratoi Centre is designed as a space to exhibit and to inhabit by its community.
The Residential Care Home in Graz, Austria, creates a bright, natural atmosphere through extensive wood construction.
The Korkeasaari Zoo Lookout Tower provides a 360-degree view of Helsinki and its surroundings.
The free form, wide span wooden cupola with its multiple layers was made possible through parametric programming that included design facilities and options, statics, production, CNC machining, transport and assembly parameters
A new pavilion in an existing complex, the Mountain Home has a warm interior to encourage family life.
The Birkenhead Library houses a large quantity of public services for its community.
The sales pavilion for Fraser Papamoa uses mostly wood throughout, including the moveable louvres of the exterior.