Responsibly sourced wood is a great choice as a building material. Not only does it help tackle climate change due to its ability to store carbon and its low embodied energy, but it is a great thermal insulator, easy to use, durable, renewable and recyclable.
Have a look at the following exemplar buildings that have used wood in their construction.
The winners of the 2016 Australian Timber Design Awards were announced at a gala dinner on 15th September at Luna Park in Sydney. The Sustainability Category, sponsored by Planet Ark and presented by CEO Paul Klemenko, was awarded to Matt Dwyer from Y2 Architecture and Paul Waddell from Three Acres Landscape Architecture for the Marist College Bendigo Montagne Centre. Read more about Marist College Bendigo
The designers of Bold Park Aquatic Centre selected timber as the major structural element as it is the physical embodiment of sustainability. In particular, they wanted to use the public building to help create a higher level of awareness of sustainable building. Read more about Bold Park Aquatic Centre project
This three storey student accommodation building, which provides 120 self-contained apartments, was constructed from a system of prefabricated timber-framed boxes stacked upon each other without the need for additional support structure. Read more about UTAS student residences project
106 Flinders St was designed as a cabin laboratory for an architectural physicist in Melbourne's CBD. The client wanted a versatile workspace that would not only enhance mental performance, but also function as a meeting and entertaining space when required. Read more about 106 Flinders St project
Ecobuild Design recently completed the first Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) house in Australia at Maianbar, NSW. 95 per cent of the structure is CLT, which was prefabricated offsite and erected in eight days. Read more about CLT House Maianbar project
Mosman Bay hose is located on a challenging long, narrow site with and east west orientation. This greatly influenced the environmental design of the house, maximising the relationship of interior spaces to collect passive heat gain in winter. Read more about Mosman Bay House project
This is a one of a kind house in Australia as it not only combines recycled and reclaimed hardwood timber floor boards, stairs, internal and external cladding, furniture and doors, but also the roof, walls, ceiling and flooring are sustainably engineered Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). Read more about Swadling House
Until recently, at just over 32 metres tall, Forté was the tallest residential timber apartment building in the world. By using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), Forté, reduces CO2 equivalent emissions by more than 1,400 tonnes when compared to concrete and steel - the equivalent of removing 345 cars from our roads. Read more about about Forté
Setting new environmental benchmarks, the Library at The Dock is Australia's most sustainable community building, constructed primarily from Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and recycled hardwood. Read more about the Library at the Dock
The first commercial office building in Australia made completely from timber is currently being built by Lendlease as the gateway to the Barangaroo development in Sydney. Read more about International House
The new headquarters for Meyer Timber in St Marys, NSW, was built using Timber Building Systems - a post-tensioned panelised timber prefabricated building system developed for use in multi-level residential and commercial buildings. Read more about Meyer Timber Head Office
The first shipment of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) has arrived on site for what will become Australia's largest tall timber building, consuming nearly 3000 cubic metres of CLT, currently being constructed in Campbelltown, NSW. Read more about The Gardens at Campbelltown
As pubic feedback for Nelson Airport's NZ$32 million terminal redevelopment gains momentum, its use of wood as a primary building material has been widely praised for being a tribute and a showpiece for the region. Read more about about Nelson Airport