Additional Articles

Acoustics, environmental impact, building in bushfire prone areas and compliance with building codes are just some of the issues architects, designers, engineers and specifiers need to consider.

The following articles provide information and further investigation on some of the more common issues affecting timber structures and their surrounding environments.

Not only aesthetically pleasing, timber also provides excellent acoustic properties, with many high-end architectural projects featuring internal timber applications.
The aesthetic appeal of timber based construction is seeing demand for innovative timber designs continually increase. And it is these creative, aesthetically focused timber designs that are showcased each year by the Australian Timber Design Awards.
When correctly specified, timber can be used in buildings at all BAL rated sites.
Timber can be used internally in all BAL zones. The external use of timber requires more care and planning, especially on higher BAL rated sites.
For the environmentally conscious architect, engineer or building professional, timber is a logical choice. With the ability to store carbon for its entire service life, using sustainably sourced timber can help tackle climate change and transition to a low carbon economy.
Timber buildings that do not meet the National Construction Code (NCC) Deemed-to-Satisfy (DtS) Provisions prescriptive fire requirements can still be constructed - by developing an Alternative Solution proposal.
Harvesting timber from sustainable and renewable sources is a key aspect of responsible forestry management but how can the average consumer purchase timber with confidence? Forest Certification schemes are one solution. Learn more about them here.
The possible applications of timber are as unique as they are varied. Engineered wood products are leading the innovation charge, creating wooden structures that are strong, beautiful and original.
A life cycle analysis measures the environmental impacts of building products throughout their life. By providing a standard way of comparing building products, it helps building professionals make informed and environmentally conscious decisions.
When compared against other common building material alternatives, timber's low embodied energy is another reason why choosing timber is a positive choice for our environment.

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