Treetops House, Byron Bay

Treetops House built in 2010 fronting the Arakwal National Park on Tallow Beach in Byron Bay uses mainly recycled red ironbark, bluegum and grey ironbark sourced from locally salvaged timbers.

Treetops House is exemplary in that it was designed using wood in a bushfire prone area. All the external timber used in this project was chosen for its ability to withstand an extreme bushfire attack with special consideration in the use of substantial amounts of recycled timber.

From a list of species (allowed under AS 1359-2009), red ironbark was chosen as the most appropriate and attractive timber to use for the external cladding and all the door and window joinery.

All the wood doors and windows were constructed from locally sourced recycled ironbark. Recycled wood was used wherever possible in the construction from the supporting beams through to staircases, balustrades and joinery.

The external cladding was new small leafed red ironbark which was oil coated on both sides to retain its dimensional stability before being used as vertical board cladding.

The timber flooring and other internal joinery was used because of their environmental credentials.