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The Top 5 News Stories of 2017 (Architects & Designers Edition)

12 Dec 2017

Hyne Timber's Top 5 News Stories of 2017

 With the holiday season almost upon us, it’s time to reflect on the stories that shaped our year. Below are our top 5 from 2017.

05 Tall Timber

Tall Timber
Following the 2016 National Construction Code changes that now include Deemed-to-Satisfy timber solutions for buildings in Classes 2 (apartments), 3 (hotels), and 5 (offices) up to a height of 25 metres, we've seen significant interest in timber from the design and specification community.

As a part of our commitment to overcoming technological barriers and improving supply chain skills and knowledge, we were proud to announce our involvement with the Australian Research Council funded Future Timber Hub.

The Future Timber Hub is an industrial transformation research group focused on shaping and promoting tall timber buildings. It was founded as an interdisciplinary partnership between Hyne Timber, ARUP, Lendlease, Scion NZ, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, University of Queensland, Griffith University, University of Canterbury and University of British Columbia.

 

04 Maryborough Fire Station Project

Maryborough Fire Station
In June 2017, the Queensland Treasurer, Curtis Pitt announced Hyne Timber’s proposal to build a new regional fire station complex in Maryborough primarily using Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) and Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), was approved to proceed to the next stage - detailed proposal.

In partnership with the University of Queensland, Hutchinson Builders, XLam and Baber Studio, detailed designs and a number of innovative solutions are currently a work in progress.

The proposal, if successful, will showcase the sustainable, environmental, structural, aesthetic, safety, health, fire compliance and cost benefits of using engineered and solid wood timber products in contemporary, commercial scale construction projects.

The design team are also aiming to retain the 1950’s art deco façade, an element of the proposal in itself, which lends itself to lighter weight timber construction.

 

03 Sustainability

Sustainability
Eleven local governments have now followed in the footsteps of Latrobe City Council, which became the first local government to adopt a Wood Encouragement Policy. June saw Tasmania become the first state to adopt such a policy and last month, the Federal Government launched the National Carbon Offset Standard for buildings and for precincts.

Meanwhile, certification schemes such as Green Star and NABERS tap into the purchasing power of the construction sector, by encouraging reduced emissions from specified and supplied materials.

With increasing support from government and the design and specification community, we anticipate even more interest in timber as a structural building material in residential, commercial, industrial and infrastructure projects.

 

02 Compliance

Compliance
In wake of the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London, the media showed renewed interest in non-conforming and non-complying building products.

The Queensland Government recently enacted new legislation to increase accountability throughout the supply chain. The legislation applies to both individuals and corporations and may include the installer, contractors, subcontractors and any person or company who designs, manufactures, imports or supplies a building product. Read more in the QBCC Fact Sheet.

There is no question that non-conforming and non-compliant building products are a safety, economic, legal and social concern. The plan to eliminate them needs to encompass the whole supply chain and we applaud this approach.

Our Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) products are all third-party certified for their quality, consistency and conformance with the Building Code of Australia.

 

01 GLT & CLT

Engineered Timber
It's been said that “if the 19th century was the century of steel and the 20th century the century of concrete, then the 21st century is about engineered timber.” And with such a high level of engagement from building industry professionals globally, it's hard to argue.

Awareness of the benefits of timber, including how it can improve health outcomes, is also driving government, developer and occupier interest.

Hyne Timber has almost 40 years’ experience designing and prefabricating Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) solutions. This experience ensures that we can deliver efficient timber structures and offer practical design and specification advice.

  • Up to 18m single-beam lengths are available
  • Curvature, species and treatment options on request
  • A range of prefabrication and installation services
  • Ideal complement for CLT and other mass timber