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Construction Begins on Australia's Tallest Timber Tower

23-Jun-17 by David Rowlinson

25 King, Brisbane © David Rowlinson

Construction has begun on Impact Investment Group's 25 King development, set to become Australia's tallest cross-laminated timber building and one of the tallest in the world. The 10-storey, 45-metre building at Brisbane's Showgrounds, designed by Bates Smart, is being developed and built by Lendlease with completion expected in late 2018. Read More

Tasmanian Government first in Australia to Adopt State-Wide Wood Encouragement Policy

07-Jun-17 by David Rowlinson

Tasmanian Government Wood Encouragement Policy © David Rowlinson

The Tasmanian Minister for Resources, the Hon Guy Barnett, has announced that Tasmania will be the first in Australia to introduce a state-wide Wood Encouragement Policy (WEP). The WEP aims to ensure that sustainably sourced timber is fully considered as a key design component, where feasible, in the construction and refurbishment of all public building projects. Read More

Olympics Architect Brings Wood Back to Tokyo's Concrete Jungle

02-Jun-17 by David Rowlinson

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium © David Rowlinson

Using Japanese lumber for the centre-piece Olympic venue, architect Kengo Kuma wants to restore woods that Tokyo lost half a century ago in the blitz to build highways, bullet trains and skyscrapers to showcase the recovery from wartime devastation. The design stems from his 'natural architecture' concept of making buildings part of a landscape. Read More

Planet Ark Pays Tribute to Former Head of Campaigns, Brad Gray

29-May-17 by Marty Middlebrook

Brad Gray from Planet Ark discusses the War on Waste with the ABCs Craig Reucassel © Marty Middlebrook

Planet Ark News is all about the things you can do to help the environment. But today we look at one of the people who made that a reality, former Head of Campaigns Brad Gray, who has just finished at Planet Ark. We pay tribute to his role in making Planet Ark Australia's leading environmental behaviour change organisation. Read More

Softwood Timber Structures to Feature in Vivid Sydney Festival 2017

25-May-17 by David Rowlinson

Vivid Sydney Festival © David Rowlinson

A group of talented young Brisbane Architects was commissioned by Destination NSW to create 'Twelve Tone', an interactive light and sound sculpture for the Vivid Sydney festival. The assorted pieces of softwood timber comprise 12 stacks corresponding to the 12 tones in a musical octave. Read More

World's Tallest Commercial Building Made of Engineered Timber Opens in Barangaroo

17-May-17 by David Rowlinson

International House, Barangaroo © David Rowlinson

The construction of Australia's first, and the world's tallest, engineered timber office building has been completed in Barangaroo to a design by architecture practice Tzannes. Six of the above-ground levels of International House Sydney are constructed entirely from cross laminated timber and glue laminated timber, supported by a conventional concrete structure at ground level. Read More

Sustainable Wooden Soccer Stadium Built on a Budget

11-May-17 by David Rowlinson

Ballarat Soccer Stadium © David Rowlinson

Located in the regional setting of Ballarat, Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility provides sporting and social facilities for A-level as well as international-level games. The facility holds sustainability at the core of its DNA - sustainable innovation was intrinsically linked to its design. Read More

Brock Commons - Mass Wood for the Masses

18-Apr-17 by David Rowlinson

Architect Russell Acton - pictured to the right of Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia © David Rowlinson

Canada's Brock Commons will soon be the tallest modern timber building in the world. The project's architect Russell Acton (pictured to the right of Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia) says the building demonstrates a way for mass wood to be brought to the masses. Read More

GP Super Clinic - a Stunning Example of Nature Connected Design

11-Apr-17 by David Rowlinson

GP Super Clinic, Caboolture © David Rowlinson

Wilson Architects' design for the new GP Super Clinic in Caboolture is a stunning example of nature connected design. Unlike institutional designs traditionally employed by clinics, the facility features vertical gardens, fish ponds and an atrium to foster a feeling of healing and respite. Read More

Wood - Nature Inspired Design

21-Mar-17 by Ian Bridges

Planet Ark report outlines the importance of connecting buildings with the natural world Read More

Wood - Nature Inspired Design Report Launched on World Wood Day

21-Mar-17 by David Rowlinson

Wood - Nature Inspired Design Report © David Rowlinson

To coincide with World Wood Day 2017 Planet Ark has completed a new report - Wood - Nature Inspired Design - which outlines the importance of connecting buildings with the natural world and how with 'nature connected design' (also called biophilic design) and using wood we can bring nature indoors and provide a healthier, happier environment for all. Read More

Architecture Students and Refugees Build a Timber Community Centre for a Refugee Camp in Mannheim, Germany.

23-Feb-17 by David Rowlinson

Mannheim Community Centre © David Rowlinson

18 Architecture students from Germany's University of Kaiserslauten have teamed up with 25 refugees to build a timber community centre for a refugee camp in Mannheim, Germany. Completed as part of the "Building Together - Learning together" program, the 550-square-meter structure breathes new life into the bare-bones surroundings with a beautiful new gathering space. Read More

Australia's Tallest Engineered Timber Building to be Built in Brisbane

15-Feb-17 by David Rowlinson

5 King Tower © David Rowlinson

A high-performance commercial building and the tallest engineered timber building in the country is set to be built in the Brisbane Showgrounds development. The 52-metre-high tower will have the largest gross floor area (GFA) for an engineered timber office building worldwide. Read More

Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to Feature a Wooden Arena

23-Jan-17 by David Rowlinson

Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games © David Rowlinson

According to the Architect behind the revolutionary design for the stadium to be used for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Kengo Kuma, the form of the building should be as subtle as possible, because then the material's character can reveal itself. Read More

Fraser Coast Becomes the First Council in Queensland to adopt a Wood Encouragement Policy

19-Jan-17 by David Rowlinson

Library at the Dock, Melbourne © David Rowlinson

Fraser Coast Council has become the first local council in Queensland to adopt a Wood Encouragement Policy, the focus of which is to ensure wood is considered for the initial stages of public building projects. At its meeting on 18 January the Council voted unanimously to adopt the policy. Read More

Spotted Gum and Ironbark Feature in ICC Sydney

09-Jan-17 by David Rowlinson

International Convention Centre Sydney © David Rowlinson

Joint venture partners HASSELL + Populous have worked together to design a world class convention, exhibition and entertainment venue for Sydney, with inspiration from the site's spectacular city and harbour surrounds as well as Cockle Bay's history. Read More

Construction to Commence on the Otago Polytechnic Student Village

04-Jan-17 by David Rowlinson

Otago Polytechnic © David Rowlinson

In what will be the largest building of its type in New Zealand, XLam will supply all the CLT for an innovative student accommodation project in Otago. Read More

WoodTek Headquarters - Taiwan's First CLT Building

21-Dec-16 by David Rowlinson

WoodTek Headquarters - Taiwan © David Rowlinson

Taiwan's first-ever cross-laminated timber (CLT) building has risen in Taichung's concrete jungle - an impressive feat of engineering given the island's hot and humid climate. Read More

Thanks for helping make 2016 a great year!

19-Dec-16 by Brad Gray

Planet Ark Christmas Card © Rebecca Gilling

Our mission is to help Australians take positive environmental actions, that's only possible thanks to our sponsors and partners Read More

Two More Wood Encouragement Policies Introduced in Western Australia

16-Dec-16 by David Rowlinson

Two More Councils Adopt A WEP © Planet Ark

The Shire of Manjimup, which is located 320km south of Perth, and the Shire of Dardanup, which is located close to Bunbury 180km south of Perth, have both voted to introduce a WEP at their respective council meetings in December 2016. Read More

Kaikoura District Council Building Survives Major Earthquake Unscathed

08-Dec-16 by David Rowlinson

Kaikoura District Council building © David Rowlinson

On Monday 14 November a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the south island of New Zealand, impacting cities of Christchurch, Kaikoura and Wellington. Following the earthquake the KDC building was assessed and lived up to its reputation of being earthquake resilient and performed extremely well. Read More

Construction Commences on a 10-storey CLT Luxury Retirement Village in Sydney

02-Dec-16 by David Rowlinson

Strongbuild retirement living - Sydney © David Rowlinson

Building contractor Strongbuild has recently begun construction on a 10-storey CLT tower as part of a luxury retirement village at Sydney's Norwest Business Park Circa precinct. Read More

National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life Launched

21-Nov-16 by David Rowlinson

Launch of National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life © David Rowlinson

Industry, academia and government have partnered to create the National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life - a new group designed to put Australia at the forefront of international best practice. Read More

Low Carbon Football Stadium Made of Sustainably Sourced Wood

08-Nov-16 by David Rowlinson

Forest Green Rovers Stadium © David Rowlinson

Forest Green Rovers may only play in the fifth tier of the UK's soccer pyramid, but the team will soon have facilities up there with the very best. It has appointed Zaha Hadid Architects to construct a low-carbon stadium made almost entirely of sustainably sourced wood. Read More

Taking Shape - South Australia's First Timber Apartment Building

14-Oct-16 by David Rowlinson

Verde, Kent Town, SA © David Rowlinson

South Australia's trendy city fringe suburb of Kent Town will soon be home to the state's first timber apartment building. The building, known as Verde, has slowly started to take shape as the engineered timber structure is put into place. Read More

Canada Tops Out World's Tallest Wood-Frame Building

07-Oct-16 by David Rowlinson

Brock Commons, UBC © David Rowlinson

Celebrating the tallest wood-frame building of its kind anywhere in the world, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr recently attended the "topping out" ceremony of the Brock Commons Residence. Read More

Marist College, Bendigo Wins Sustainability Category in the 2016 Australian Timber Design Awards

16-Sep-16 by David Rowlinson

Marist College, Bendigo © Bill Conroy, Press 1 Photography

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

New Nelson Airport to Showcase Engineered Wood

09-Sep-16 by David Rowlinson

Nelson Airport Terminal © Nelson Airport

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

Construction Milestone for World's Tallest Mass Timber Building

23-Aug-16 by David Rowlinson

UBC Brock Commons, Canada © David Rowlinson

The final wood panel has been installed on the Brock Commons building at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Standing at a height of 53 metres, the University's new student residence will be the tallest mass timber building in the world when completed. Read More

East Gippsland Shire Council Adopts a Wood Encouragement Policy

11-Aug-16 by David Rowlinson

Library at the Dock, Melbourne © David Rowlinson

East Gippsland Shire Council has voted unanimously to adopt a Wood Encouragement Policy. Read More

Landmark Timber Skyscraper to be Built in Amsterdam

08-Aug-16 by David Rowlinson

HAUT Tower, Amsterdam © David Rowlinson

A new type of building structure will rise on the banks of the Amstel River with the announcement of HAUT, Amsterdam's tallest residential timber tower, due to start construction in 2017. Read More

Using Timber to Assist in the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy - A UN Report

28-Jul-16 by David Rowlinson

CLT being installed in Campbelltown NSW © David Rowlinson

Using timber in green buildings is a key way for the forestry industry to assist in the transition to a low carbon economy. That's according to a United Nations report published this week. Read More

First Shipment of CLT Arrives in Campbelltown

20-Jul-16 by David Rowlinson

The Gardens at Campbelltown © David Rowlinson

The first shipment of Cross Laminated Timber has arrived on site for what will become Australia's largest tall timber building. Read More

Official Opening of the Centre for Future Timber Structures at UQ

12-Jul-16 by David Rowlinson

Advanced Engineering Building, University of Queensland © David Rowlinson

The vision for the Advanced Engineering Building project for the University Of Queensland was to create a building to celebrate, collaborate, create, learn, innovate and sustain, all within an integrated engineering landscape. Read More

Come and Join us at SEE Sustainable Experience

27-Jun-16 by David Rowlinson

International House, Barangaroo © David Rowlinson

Hear a Planet Ark update on the significant environmental and health benefits of timber Read More

Wood First Policy in Tasmania

27-May-16 by David Rowlinson

Wood encouragement policies map © Sara McGregor

Tasmania has announced it will be the first state in Australia to adopt a wood encouragement policy, which requires responsibly sourced wood to be considered as the first-choice construction material in all new-build and refurbishment projects. Read More

World's Tallest Mass Timber Building Is Underway In Vancouver

20-May-16 by David Rowlinson

Brock Commons Construction © David Rowlinson

Construction of the world's tallest mass timber building is underway in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia. The project is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 2,563 tonnes, equivalent to taking 630 cars from the road. Read More

57m Tall Timber Building Wins Competition In France

26-Apr-16 by David Rowlinson

Hyperion, Bordeaux (Courtesy of Jean-Paul Viguier and Associates ) © Jean-Paul Viguier and Associates

See how this 57m tall timber building will give more visibility to low carbon, timber construction and the practical time-saving measures they provide. Read More

Maleny Wood Expo 20th Anniversary

11-Apr-16 by David Rowlinson

Maleny Wood Expo is designed to promote sustainable use of our beautiful native timbers through the work of local and regional wood artisans. The Expo is now recognised as one of the best wood shows in Australia. Join them for three days of clean country family fun at the beautiful Maleny Showgrounds. The expo is hosted by Barung Landcare, a not-for-profit community group. Any surplus from the event goes towards keeping the Barung Landcare office open for the wider community, on-ground environmental projects, and landholder environment education - all of which results in restoring and enhancing the natural environment of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Read More

Does Timber High-Rise Equal High Risk?

01-Apr-16 by David Rowlinson

Forte by Lend Lease © Jess McCallum

Much of our building code has evolved from the Great Fire of London. The fire that wiped out 80 per cent of the city in 1666 led to the London Building Act of 1667 - the first that enabled surveyors to enforce its regulations. It laid down that all houses were to be built in brick or stone, with the number of storeys and width of walls carefully specified. Three-hundred-and-fifty years later, we still see construction above three storeys as risky business. But is it? Tony Arnel, global director of sustainability at Norman Disney & Young, says it's time for a change. Read More

Norwegian Project Breaks Tall Wood Building Record

15-Mar-16 by David Rowlinson

Treet Building in Bergen, Norway © David Rowlinson

Norway has a long and rich history of wooden structures and boasts some wood buildings more than 800 years old that are still standing... Read More

2015 Australian Timber Design Award

02-Mar-16 by David Rowlinson

Melbourne School of Design 1 © John Gollings

Winning With Wood - The Melbourne School of Design is a showcase of the very best that can be achieved with structural timber Read More

New Code Allows for Eight-Storey Timber Buildings

03-Feb-16 by David Rowlinson

Lend Lease's Forté Building © Jess McCallum

What's changed? How to build timber buildings up to 25m and reduce costs by up to 25% Read More

Change Accelerates 'Wood First' Policies

01-Feb-16 by David Rowlinson

A passion for timber. Sandy Kam pushes the 'wood first' message at a Canberra industry conference © David Rowlinson

Study after study is showing that timber buildings are not only faster and easier to build, they are also cheaper - which is good news for both builders and those commissioning them. More councils are adopting a Wood Encouragement Policy. Read More

Get Your 2016 Environment Action Planner

28-Jan-16 by Rebecca Gredley

Whether you want cartridge recycling box, get in contact with nature or plant a tree - we have a campaign for you Read More

Wood Encouragement - A Growing Trend

03-Dec-15 by Brad Gray

The environmental and economic benefits of using responsibly sourced wood as a building material are continuing to be recognised as more councils adopt wood encouragement policies. Read More

Planet Ark Ambassadors Honoured

28-Jan-15 by Brad Gray

In this week's Australia Day Awards two of Planet Ark's ambassadors - Layne Beachley and Jackie French - have been recognised for their contribution to Australia. Read More

Wood - A Growing Answer to Climate Change

17-Oct-11 by Lucy Band

A new consumer awareness campaign by Planet Ark is encouraging people to see wood for its environmental benefits. Read More

New Code Allows for Eight-Storey Timber Buildings

03 March 2016 by David Rowlinson

Forte Building Docklands Melbourne

Up to 25m. Up to 25% cheaper. What's changed? Read More

Free WoodSolutions events in Sydney

19 October 2015 by Chris Philpot

If you design, specify, install or inspect timber framing, decorative timber and timber connections for residential projects this is a must-attend event. Listen to the industry leaders and architects to be inspired, ensure your Residential Timber Building knowledge is up-to-date, explore the economics of timber as structural and decorative members of residential buildings. Read More

Wood encouragement policies gaining momentum

14 August 2015 by Chris Philpot

Wellington Shire Council in eastern Victoria has become the second local government area in Australia to adopt a wood encouragement policy. The policy encourages the use of wood as the preferred material for construction and fit out of council buildings where appropriate. Read More

Australia to increase supply of timber for skyscrapers

25 May 2015 by Chris Philpot

If you were told that wood could be used to build skyscrapers would you think it was crazy! Well, it's true - a new type of engineered wood, called cross-laminated timber (CLT) has the ability to replace concrete and steel providing a whole range of benefits. Read More

Rotorua adopts wood first policy

07 April 2015 by Chris Philpot

Rotorua Council © Chris Philpot

Rotorua District Council in New Zealand has become the latest to announce a wood first policy and action plan. Read More

Wood is Good For Your Body and Brain

18 March 2015 by Chris Philpot

Exposure to wooden furniture and fittings has real and measurable health and wellbeing benefits. Read More

Join us at the 'Wood - Housing, Health, Humanity Exhibition'

18 March 2015 by Chris Philpot

To celebrate World Wood Day, Planet Ark's Make It Wood campaign is hosting the Wood - Housing, Health, Humanity exhibition at Customs House in Sydney. Read More

Wood - Housing, Health, Humanity exhibition

13 March 2015 by Chris Philpot

To celebrate World Wood Day, Planet Ark's Make It Wood campaign will be holding 'the Wood - Housing, Health, Humanity exhibition' at Customs House in Sydney. Read More

Using Recycled Wood - Guest Author

12 November 2014 by Chris Philpot

'Imagine a building product which provides clean oxygen for the atmosphere, removes carbon dioxide and increases in value each time it is re-used. Imagine a product which can store carbon forever. Imagine a building product which has been in use for thousands of years. Yep that's right it's wood. It's recycled wood.' Michael Kennedy, CEO and Founder of Kennedy's Timbers. Read More

Wooden chopping boards up for grabs

07 November 2014 by Chris Philpot

Planet Ark has 6 wooden chopping boards up for grabs Read More

Snap Some Wood To Win An iPad With A Wooden Cover

22 September 2014 by Chris Philpot

Do you enjoy taking photos? Would you like to win one of four iPads - with wooden covers worth almost $700 each? Then enter the 'Snap Some Wood' competition by taking a photo of wooden structures, objects or renovations. Read More

Grand Designs Live - Free Tickets!

17 September 2014 by Chris Philpot

We've got 50 complimentary double passes for Grand Designs Live in Melbourne and Sydney to give away to our loyal readers (valued at $59 each). Read More

Support Responsible Forestry to Win An Eco Getaway

31 August 2014 by Chris Philpot

Simply by pledging to buy FSC certified products you could win a 5-night stay at a luxury eco-resort in the stunning Jervis Bay area of NSW. By pledging to buy certified wood or paper products you are helping to support responsible forestry. Read More

Rotorua Council to Adopt NZ's first 'Wood First' policy

18 July 2014 by Damian Dabrowski

Rotorua District Council (RDC) will be the first local authority in New Zealand to adopt a 'Wood First' Policy. Read More

President Obama promotes the use of wood

24 April 2014 by Chris Philpot

CLT interior © Chris Philpot

President Obama has announced a climate-driven initiative to train architects, builders and engineers in the benefits of wood as a structural material. Read More

Norway to be home to world's tallest wood building

24 April 2014 by Chris Philpot

Work has begun on a fourteen-story wooden building in Norway, which once complete will become the tallest wooden building in the world, topping the Forte building in Melbourne by 4 storeys. Read More

Latrobe City Council has become the first in Australia to implement a 'Wood Encouragement Policy'.

24 April 2014 by Chris Philpot

Wood Encouragement Policy © Chris Philpot

Latrobe City Council has taken the first steps to establish a wood encouragement policy for the municipality by running a series of industry consultation workshops. This will be the first wood encouragement policy in Australia. Read More

Sourcing the right wood - Druce Davey

24 April 2014 by Chris Philpot

Druce Davey

Make It Wood ambassador and Founder of Greener Kitchens, Druce Davey explains the tips and tricks for choosing the right wood when renovating or building Read More

Green party supports establishment of cross laminated timber plant

16 April 2014 by Chris Philpot

The Tasmanian Greens have announced a plan to create the foundation for a north-west Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) manufacturing industry based on the established plantation resource, to assist in the construction of new public housing homes for low income Tasmanians. Read More

Great week for wood announcements

25 March 2014 by Chris Philpot

Murray Grove, London © Planet Ark

In the last few days both the United States of America and New Zealand have made announcements in favour of wood. Read More

Make It Wood in New Zealand

12 March 2014 by Chris Philpot

WoodSmart tour © Chris Philpot

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Enter the Timber Design Awards

11 February 2014 by Chris Philpot

Melton library 2 © Chris Philpot

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Recycling wooden pallets creates jobs

15 November 2013 by Chris Philpot

Recycling pallets © Chris Philpot

For every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled, there are 9.2 jobs created as opposed to 2.8 jobs for the same amount of material sent to landfill. Read More

Upcycling wooden pallets

13 November 2013 by Chris Philpot

Wood pallets stacked © Chris Philpot

Each year in Victoria 600,000 tonnes of wooden pallets are disposed of to landfill. This is enough to fill the Melbourne Cricket Ground 1½ times. Read More

National Carpenters Day 2013

25 October 2013 by Chris Philpot

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Forté wins the Timber Design Awards

20 September 2013 by Chris Philpot

Lend Lease's Forté © Jess McCallum

Melbourne's Forté building in Victoria Harbour has won the 2013 Australian Timber Design Award. Read More

Create From a Crate

18 September 2013 by Chris Philpot

Create From a Crate © Chris Philpot

Practically everything you buy has been moved about on a wooden pallet at some stage. And there are so many of them that they are a major form of waste. If you fancy a bit of DIY why not join in the 'Create from a Crate' competition to turn these ubiquitous items into art.Find out more... Read More

Leading experts to speak at timber seminar

16 August 2013 by Chris Philpot

Caption: Seminar will address current topical issues, fresh ideas, perspectives and information that will help build better business futures. It will also feature international speakers from Chile, Switzerland, Canada and New Zealand Read More

Interested in touring wood buidings in Germany, Austria and Switzerland? Sign up NOW!

09 August 2013 by Chris Philpot

Due to the success of last years brilliant WoodSolutions tour to the UK a further tour is planned from Munich to Zurich for this December. Are you an architect, engineer, developer, building professional or just interested in learning more about how you can build with wood? If so, then this tour may be for you. Read More

Wood: Art Design Architecture

17 May 2013 by Chris Philpot

Wood Art Design

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Free tickets to Grand Designs Live

17 May 2013 by Chris Philpot

Grand Designs (big)

For the third year running Planet Ark's Make It Wood campaign will feature at Grand Designs Live and we've got 50 complimentary double passes to give away to our loyal subscribers (valued at $59 each). Read More

World Wood Day 2013

21 March 2013 by Chris Philpot

March 21st is officially designated and recognized as the International Day of Forests by the United Nations General Assembly and 2013 is the first year of recognition. World Wood Day is celebrated on the same day as the International Day of Forests to raise the awareness on how wood plays a key role for a sustainable future. Read More

WOOD: art design architecture 15 Feb- 6 Apr Adelaide

27 February 2013 by Chris Philpot

Jam Factory Exhibition © Chris Philpot

WOOD: art design architecture showcases work by contemporary Australian artists, designers and architects. The exhibition looks at the use of wood through three lenses; place and identity, sustainability and ecology, craftsmanship and technology. It represents a cross-section of current creative practices, modes of thinking and relationships to this fundamental material and combines furniture and functional objects, sculptural works (including wood carving by Indigenous artists), interiors and architectural work. Read More

Forte Living Festival, Victoria Harbour, Melbourne (22 & 23 Feb 2013)

12 February 2013 by Chris Philpot

Forte complete © Chris Philpot

The world's tallest timber apartment building is opening its doors for the first and only time at the Forté Living Festival from 22-23 February 2013 in Melbourne's Victoria Harbour. Read More

Wind turbine stores carbon

14 November 2012 by Chris Philpot

German wind turbine © Inhabitat

A German company called TimberTower is experimenting with a new turbine design - the company recently celebrated the installation of the world's first wooden wind turbine tower in Hanover, Germany. TimberTower says the turbine will sequester 400 tons of CO2 while generating clean, renewable energy. Read More

Responsibly sourced wood is the favourite

26 October 2012 by Chris Philpot

Facebook icon © Chris Philpot

Readers of 'The Wood' have voted for responsibly sourced wood as their favourite building material. Thanks for voting. Read More

Intergalactic Wood Awards at the Martian Embassy

26 October 2012 by Chris Philpot

The Martian Embassy takes you on an intergalactic journey using wood to inspire creativity and fun. Find out why it was a winner at the Timber Design Awards this year. Read More

Candlebark School Library wins Timber Design Awards

03 October 2012 by Chris Philpot

Candlebark school

The winners of the 2012 Australian Timber Design Awards were announced in Sydney on Thursday September 27th at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. The top prize went to Paul Haar Architect for Candlebark School Library, an earth-covered library built into the side of a hill in Victoria's Macedon Ranges. Read More

Help Us Help Australian Forests On FSC Friday

03 September 2012 by Chris Philpot

FSC Friday © Chris Philpot

Help us help FSC put standards in place that protect Australian forests and you could win an FSC certified 7 Piece Bar Mimosa Outdoor Setting (worth $599). Planet Ark is supporting FSC Friday and you can help too. Find out more.... Read More

FSC Australia Awards Dinner

03 September 2012 by Chris Philpot

FSC © Planet Ark

The FSC Australia Awards Dinner will be held in the last week of November in Melbourne, with the date and venue to be confirmed. With this event comes an opportunity for industry service providers to showcase their products or services to a willing audience by donating a sample for FSC's silent auction or on-the-night prizes. Read More

Interim Agreement on Tasmanian Forest Wood Supply and Conservation

03 September 2012 by Chris Philpot

After long and often difficult talks, environment and forestry groups in Tasmania have developed an 'Interim Agreement for Tasmanian Forests'. Read more Read More

Time To Lift The Standard

03 September 2012 by Chris Philpot

AFCS © Planet Ark

The Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) has been criticised for not providing strong enough environmental controls. Like all Australian Standards it is regularly reviewed with the opportunity for concerned groups and individuals to contribute to its strengthening and improvement. The Standard is now under review and open for public comment. Now is the opportunity to have your say and provide constructive feedback. Find out more... Read More

Secret Carbon Storage

03 September 2012 by Chris Philpot

Charlie Carbon Catcher and Peter Madison © Chris Philpot

With half of the dry weight of wood being carbon, most Aussie homes are secretly storing the stuff away without residents even being aware of it. Planet Ark asked visitors to the Melbourne Homeshow to tell us what wood they had around the house. Find out what they said... Read More

Forte reaches new heights

03 September 2012 by Chris Philpot

Forte 4

What has 34,000 screws, 5,500 angle brackets, 759 cross laminate timber (CLT) panels, 485 tonnes of timber and will reduce carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by more than 1,400 tonnes when compared to concrete and steel? Read more.... Read More

Vote for the 'Three Little Pigs'

20 August 2012 by Chris Philpot

Forte 4

We all remember the fairy tale 'The Three Little Pigs' but probably don't realise that they would all be much safer in today's world. Building from responsibly sourced wood is much stronger than twigs and also stores more carbon. Find out more... Read More

Forte building on ABC News

20 August 2012 by Chris Philpot

Check out the Forte Building in Melbourne on the ABC News Read More

Living a different kind of tree change

26 June 2012 by Chris Philpot

Forte 3

We all know about some of the actions we can take to live more sustainably at home, but shouldn't it be everyone's responsibility? The good news is that home developers are starting to build 'green apartments' with inbuilt energy and water saving features, and by using responsibly sourced wood. Read More

FSC - AGM update

12 June 2012 by Chris Philpot

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Australia will be home to the world's tallest timber building

05 June 2012 by Chris Philpot

Forté will be the tallest timber apartment building in the world - at 32.17 metres tall. By using CLT, Forté, will reduce 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

Advanced Timber Building Systems Seminar

05 June 2012 by Chris Philpot

Interested in learning about tall buildings made from wood? WoodSolutions is holding two half day seminars on 20 June in Melbourne. Come along and hear from three speakers and enjoy an exclusive visit of the Worlds Tallest Multi-Residential Timber Building at Victoria Harbour in the Docklands - Lend Lease's Forte. Read More

Australian Forestry Standard Draft Released For Public Comment

04 May 2012 by Chris Philpot

AFS logo © Jess McCallum

The Australian Forestry Standard Limited (AFS Ltd) has announced the commencement of the first public comment phase of the revision process of the Australian Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (AS 4708). Read More

'Make It Wood' travels to the UK

18 April 2012 by Chris Philpot

Murray Grove, London © Planet Ark

In May this year, Planet Ark's 'Make It Wood' campaign will travel overseas on a 5-day tour of some of UK's most innovative and interesting timber projects. The fieldtrip, organised by WoodSolutions, provides an opportunity to discover the latest in timber design, engineering and construction. Read More

Sign up to Planet Ark's National Wood Products Forum and Workshop

12 April 2012 by Chris Philpot

Certification Forum logo (vertical)

The first event of its kind in Australia, the Certification: Growing demand. Increasing confidence. National Wood Products Forum & Workshop 2012 aims to look beyond systems to promote the future of certification in Australia. Read More

Desperately Seeking Wood

20 March 2012 by Chris Philpot

FINALIST - 'Looking over our back fence to the neighbour's new house', Camberwell Victoria by Joely Taylor (from Camberwell, VIC)

Have you recently used certified wood in your home for building or renovation? Do you sell certified wood with Chain of Custody? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then we'd love to hear from you! Read More

Can wooden skyscrapers transform concrete jungles?

16 March 2012 by Chris Philpot

Instead of concrete jungles could our cities become urban forests of wooden skyscrapers? Swapping cement and steel for timber is the vision of a number of environmentally-minded architects who are planning high-rise buildings across the world. Read More

The Wood - Profile of an FSC Chain Of Custody supplier - Simon Goldacre, Director, Urban Design Systems

09 March 2012 by Chris Philpot

Simon Goldacre © Simon Goldacre

Simon Goldacre, an Aussie designer from Sydney's Northern Beaches, has been working with wood for the last 15 years and now heads up his own company, Urban Design Systems. Mr Goldacre says Urban Design Systems is committed to supporting responsible forest management practices, producing street furniture that is 100% FSC certified. 'The Wood' investigates. Read More

Intelligent Design - Time to wise up and build for the climate

08 March 2012 by Chris Philpot

Interesting article by the University of New South Wales on how we should wise up and build more sustainably and less carbon intensively for the future. Read More

Planet Ark announces winners of national photo competition

05 March 2012 by Chris Philpot

WINNER 'MAKE IT WOOD AWARD' - 'Wolston Park', Wacol, Brisbane by Chez Watts (from St.Lucia, Brisbane, QLD)

Photographs of a former asylum in Queensland, a picturesque jetty in Albany and a magical Tasmanian gorge have been named winners of Planet Ark's national photography competition 'Snap Some Wood'. Read More

Bangkok Gourmet Shop Interior Built From Wood Scraps

15 February 2012 by Chris Philpot

Great reuse of wood from shipping pallets to decorate a Bangkok shop interior. Read More

Cross-laminated timber gains acceptance in the UK

17 January 2012 by Gordon Miller, Guardian Professional Network

Cross-laminated timber is fast becoming recognized as an environmentally friendly material, which can help reduce carbon emissions and store carbon. The UK's Guardian explains more.... Read More

WoodSolutions UK Field Tour

16 January 2012 by Chris Philpot

Here is your opportunity to join an exclusive group of architects, engineers and property developers on a 5 day tour of some of UK's most innovative and interesting timber projects. (Strictly limited to 25 places.) This not to be missed experience will enable you to visit places and meet people you would not usually be able to access! Read More

Register now to attend FSC Knowledge Tree supported by Planet Ark

18 November 2011 by Chris Philpot

Are you in the construction, timber supply, development or contracting industry? Do you want to understand FSC and how to gain competitive advantage? Have you been asked to work on a Green Star job and supply FSC Certified Products? Then come along to FSC's free information breakfast specifically targeted to you to help you grow your FSC Knowledge Tree. Planet Ark is a proud supported of the FSC Knowledge Tree in Sydney. Read More

University opens 'greenest' building to advance sustainability research and innovation

07 November 2011 by Chris Philpot

The University of British Columbia has opened the most sustainable building in North America. The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS)is constructed primarily of certified wood and beetle-killed wood (currently B.C.'s largest source of carbon emissions). Its wood structure locks in more than 500 tonnes of carbon, offsetting the GHG emissions that resulted from the use of other non-renewable construction materials in the building such as cement, steel and aluminum. Read More

2011 Australian Timber Design Awards winners announced!

27 October 2011 by Chris Philpot

The winners of the 2011 Australian Timber Design Awards have been announced! The grand prize went to Circa Morris-Nunn Walker for Saffire, a lavish 20 suite resort overlooking Great Oyster Bay, Tasmania. Read More

Recycled wood is beautiful and stores carbon indefinitely

25 October 2011 by Chris Philpot

Regatta Foreshore, Toronto © Chris Philpot

Wood can be recycled from all sorts of places for example, reclaimed shipping crates, pallets and scrap. By using recycled wood its life is extended so there is no need to use newly sourced wood. In addition recycled wood continues to store the carbon indefinitely. After decades or even centuries of use, wood buildings can be easily adapted or deconstructed and reused. Read More

Make It Wood - a growing answer to climate change

17 October 2011 by Chris Philpot

MIW logo © Planet Ark

The Make It Wood - Do Your World Some Good campaign promotes the increased use of certified, responsibly sourced wood as a building material. Wood is unique amongst building materials in that it stores carbon when used in the construction of homes and buildings as flooring, furniture and decking. Up to 50% of wood's dry weight is made up of carbon. Read More

Book now to attend FSC Breakfast Event

11 October 2011 by Chris Philpot

FSC © Planet Ark

Come along to FSC's Breakfast Event on 18 October from 8AM - 9:30AM Open to all but bookings are essential for catering purposes. Speakers: Natalie Reynolds - Acting CEO, FSC Australia Nick Capobianco - Director, Green Marketing Concepts and Auditor, SCS Cheryl Speechley - Environment Manager, Tetra Pak Oceania Read More

The forest companies of the future

29 August 2011 by Guardian News and Media Limited

2.8 © Chris Philpot

Climate change, population growth, and soaring demand for food, energy, water and other resources are changing the way the world sees and values forests. A vision is emerging of a new kind of company - the forest services company. In the future, forests could act as a backbone of sustainable economies by providing a multitude of renewable goods and services. The successful forest companies of the future will recognise this opportunity, use it to advance their own bottom line, and help ensure that forests survive and thrive. Read More

FSC to develop an Australian Standard for Forest Management

20 July 2011 by Forest Stewardship Council Australia

Tree with no leaves © Planet Ark

FSC Australia is in the process of developing an Australian Standard for Forest Management specific to the environmental, social and economic concerns of the Australian forestry industry. Read More

Research demonstrates that wood products can help tackle climate change

14 July 2011 by University of Washington

Substitution graph © Planet Ark

New research demonstrates that by harvesting sustainably managed forests regularly and using the wood in place of other more fossil fuel intensive building materials like steel and concrete, we can successfully remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it on the surface of Earth. Read More

Peter Maddison promotes sustainably sourced wood as a way of tackling climate change

09 July 2011 by Helen Greenwood (SMH)

Peter Maddison © Planet Ark

Trees are nature's carbon storage. So says Peter Maddison, the architect and host of LifeStyle Channel's Grand Designs Australia, in a recent television ad. By using wooden products made of sustainable timber, we help tackle climate change. Read More

Professor pushes for advanced technologies in wood to revamp buildings

01 July 2011 by Clare Peddie (The Advertiser)

4 storey wood building © Planet Ark

Sustainable design Professor Steffen Lehmann from the University of South Australia is campaigning for wooden buildings of up to seven storeys in Adelaide. Similar buildings are common practice in Europe using cross-laminated timber panels made from layers of solid wood planks, glued together in alternating directions. Read More

European forests growing, good news for climate

18 June 2011 by AFP via The Independent (UK)

Forest regrowing Europe © Planet Ark

Europe's forests have been expanding at a rate of 0.8 million hectares every year for the past 20 years and are thus absorbing more carbon dioxide, according to 'The State of Europe's Forests 2011' report. This offers good news in the battle to fight climate change. Read More

Forestry Tasmania donates more than 12,000 seedlings to community and land care groups and schools for National Tree Day in July

15 June 2011 by Forestry Tasmania

Seedlings © Planet Ark

Forestry Tasmania will donate more than 12,000 seedlings to community and Landcare groups and schools for National Tree Day in July. The seedlings are being raised at the Forest Nursery in Perth with seed from the Tasmanian Seed Centre. Assistant nursery manager Carlton Cox said this year's donation would bring the total seedlings given away by Forestry Tasmania to 45,000 since it began participating in National Tree Day five years ago. Read More

High hopes for growth of tall wooden buildings

07 March 2011 by Philip Hopkins (SMH Business Day)

Lifestyle Tower, Dornbirn, Austria © Planet Ark

Canadian architect Michael Green is designing a prototype 30-storey building out of wood at Prince Rupert in northern British Columbia. High-rise towers built from wood have a big role to play in a carbon-conscious urban world. Read More