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Brisbane Tool Library takes share economy to the next level

Do you need a drill or do you need a hole drilled? Brisbane's tool library encourages sharing tools in a new approach to consumption.

December 3, 2018Marty Middlebrook

Australia's tallest engineered timber office building opens

A 52-metre-tall office tower made of engineered timber, designed by Bates Smart, has opened in Brisbane. The timber tower, dubbed 25 King, is the tallest engineered timber building in Australia. It is just one metre shy of the world's tallest timber building, Brock Commons in Vancouver, designed by Acton Ostry Architects, which was completed in 2016.

November 23, 2018David Rowlinson

Freo backs six-storey timber office building

The City of Fremantle has pledged to work with Yolk Property Group on a six-level timber commercial building. The $13.5 million project will have 1,895 square metres of office space and a 150 square metre cafe or bar or shop at ground level, and feature a vertical garden across more than half of its exterior.

November 23, 2018David Rowlinson

Are you a recycling guru?

Do you know what is the biggest mistake that residents make when recycling? What is the benefit of using aluminium coffee capsules? What used material is being recycled and added to road base? Challenge yourself with Planet Ark's Recycle Right Quiz and you could WIN 1 of 10 Biome Plastic Free Kits valued at $82 or 1 of 6 eWood Garden Bed Kits valued at $219!

November 16, 2018Ryan Collins

Introduction of FSC's Australian National Forest Stewardship Standard

Planet Ark's Make It Wood campaign delighted to see the introduction of FSC's Australian National Forest Stewardship Standard, which has been developed specifically for Australian conditions, and will have a continuing positive impact on Australia's built environment.

November 12, 2018David Rowlinson

Dorset Council becomes the first council in Tasmania to adopt a Wood Encouragement Policy

Following the lead of the Tasmanian State Government in June last year Dorset Council has become the first local council in Tasmania to adopt a Wood Encouragement Policy (WEP). A WEP generally requires responsibly sourced wood to be considered, where feasible, as the primary construction material in building and fit out projects.

October 24, 2018David Rowlinson

Bunjil Place wins the grand prix in the 2018 Timber Design Awards

Bunjil Place is a multipurpose arts, civic and community facility designed by FJMT for the City of Casey in the outer Melbourne suburb of Narre Warren. The project provides a broad range of spaces for council and community organisations and serves a number of functions.

October 23, 2018David Rowlinson

Aveo Norwest wins the sustainability category in the 2018 Timber Design Awards

Planet Ark congratulates Jackson Teece, Strongbuild and TTW on winning the sustainability category in the 2018 Timber Design Awards, announced at The Star on 16th October.

October 23, 2018David Rowlinson

Timber industry revival: WA town unveils one of the biggest timber buildings in 80 years

A tiny wheatbelt town has received the keys to the biggest civic timber construction in Western Australia in nearly 80 years, as the state's timber industry shows signs of revival. The Shire of Pingelly decided to build its new Recreation and Cultural Centre entirely out of timber - and the result is without a modern-day rival.

September 6, 2018David Rowlinson

Perth jumps into timber with 10-storey hotel

Western Australia is joining the timber trend sweeping the eastern seaboard with its first timber-framed building, a 10-storey hotel at inner city Northbridge. The $14 million "Leadlight" hotel has received the green light, to become what will be one of the largest timber structures in Australia.

July 11, 2018David Rowlinson

WeWork takes out entire lease of Daramu House in Barangaroo

Global co-working giant WeWork will lease all six floors of commercial office space at Lendlease's newly-approved Daramu House office building at Barangaroo South. The co-working provider will occupy 100 per cent, or 10,000 square metres, of the building's office lease, which will provide for 2,000 of its members.

July 9, 2018David Rowlinson

Melbourne to get its first timber commercial office building

Melbourne is set to get its first timber commercial office building. The wood engineered structure will join Forte Apartments, Australia's first multi-storey timber apartment tower, and a landmark wooden public library in the Docklands urban renewal precinct which has become a focal point for sustainable buildings.

July 4, 2018David Rowlinson

Lendlease has received the green light for a second timber office building at Barangaroo South.

Lendlease has received the green light for a second timber office building at Barangaroo South. The building, which will be called Daramu House meaning "tree house" in the local Aboriginal language, will consist of more than 10,000 square metres of commercial floor space and around 680 square metres of retail.

June 12, 2018David Rowlinson

Macquarie University Incubator wins major Educational Facilities Awards

The Macquarie University Incubator has been declared overall winner of the Learning Environments Australasia's 11th Annual Excellence in Educational Facilities Awards. The mass timber innovation hub was awarded 2018 Overall Winner from a field of 58 entries from across the Asia Pacific.

May 31, 2018David Rowlinson

Approval granted for New Zealand's tallest wooden office block

New Zealand's tallest wooden office block will have revolutionary design aspects including a rooftop device to protect the block during earthquakes, its developer says. Sir Bob Jones, chairman of Robt. Jones Holdings, said all approvals had been granted for the block on the Leaders Building site, corner of Brandon St and Featherston St, and that demolition of the existing block was well advanced.

May 29, 2018David Rowlinson

Queensland Research Facility Celebrates 100 Years of Working Wonders With Wood

Australia's premier timber research program, based in Salisbury, Queensland, is celebrating its 100th birthday. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner congratulated the Forest Product Innovation team at the Salisbury Research Facility on a century of timber breakthroughs.

May 8, 2018David Rowlinson

Great Projects Using Wood Honoured at Structural Engineering NSW Awards

Four building projects won recognition at the ACSE Annual Excellence in Structural Engineering NSW awards. One project in particular was highly regarded by the judges. In the 'Unusual Projects' category, the decision was unanimous to award 'Interloop', a sculptural installation by artist Chris Fox that hangs from Wynyard Station ceiling.

April 3, 2018David Rowlinson

Australian Research Shows That Wood is Good for Health, Wellbeing and Productivity

Building designers are increasingly incorporating natural elements into indoor environments based on growing evidence associated with biophilia, the principle that connection to nature is essential to human wellbeing. Now world-first research has revealed natural-looking wooden surfaces in the workplace are strongly associated with increased employee wellbeing and satisfaction, affording potential significant improvements to their productivity.

March 15, 2018David Rowlinson

Australian Architecture Firm AJ+C Wins World Architecture News Award for Sports Hall

Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) has overcome an international field of contenders to win the Sport in Architecture Award at the 2018 World Architecture News (WAN) Awards in London. AJ+C's winning project, the Judith Poole Sports Hall and playing fields at Abbotsleigh School in Sydney's leafy Wahroonga beat five other finalists vying for the prestigious award. The project also won the award for Excellence in the Use of Timber Products - Timber Flooring - in the 2016 Australian Timber Design Awards.

March 8, 2018David Rowlinson

Sustainable Australian Wood Panels Feature in Melbourne Recital Centre

The Melbourne Recital Centre is an acclaimed music destination combining architectural innovation and acoustic perfection within its two performance spaces to showcase the best music, artists and ensembles from around the world. The building won the Property Council's National Award for Public Buildings - the country's highest award for a public buildings. It also won the Victorian Architecture Medal, the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture and the Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design at the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Architecture Awards.

March 5, 2018David Rowlinson

Brisbane Showgrounds Set to House the World's Largest and Tallest Engineered Timber Building

The Brisbane Showgrounds is set to house the world's largest and tallest engineered timber building at 25 King Street. The first delivery of cross laminated timber (CLT) columns, beams and floor panels arrived at the grounds in February 2018 for construction. As the world's largest and tallest engineered timber office building, 25 King will be one of the most exciting additions ever made to Brisbane's skyline. A key element of 25 King's structure is the use of prefabricated modules for each floor.

February 27, 2018David Rowlinson

World's Tallest Timber Tower Proposed for Tokyo

Japanese timber company Sumitomo Forestry has revealed plans for the world's tallest wooden building in Tokyo, a 350-metre skyscraper that would also be the country's highest. Named W350, the ambitious tower would be almost four times higher than the world's current tallest timber building - the 18-storey Brock Commons Student Residence in Vancouver, Canada. At 350 metres tall, the skyscraper would also become Japan's tallest building.

February 26, 2018David Rowlinson

Timber and Prefab Sector is set to Kick Goals Again in 2018

The timber and prefab sector is set to kick goals again this year if a raft of ambitious projects get the go ahead, among them one of the biggest commercial timber building in the world by volume.

January 29, 2018David Rowlinson

East Fremantle First Town Council in Australia to Adopt a Wood Encouragement Policy

The Town of East Fremantle in WA has become the first town or city council in Australia to adopt a Wood Encouragement Policy. A Wood Encouragement Policy generally requires responsibly sourced wood to be considered, where feasible, as the primary construction material in building and fit out projects.

December 18, 2017David Rowlinson

Laminated Wood Provides the Architectural and Cultural Highlight of Bunjil Place

A multipurpose arts, civic and community facility designed by FJMT for the City of Casey has opened in the outer Melbourne suburb of Narre Warren. The project provides a broad range of spaces for council and community organizations and serves a number of functions. The complex holds a library, 800-seat theatre, gathering and meeting spaces, council offices, an art gallery, a flexible event space and an outdoor plaza.

December 14, 2017David Rowlinson

Wynyard Station's old Wooden Escalators Repurposed Into a Public Artwork

A major new work called Interloop has been installed at Wynyard Station on Sydney, which has been created out of more than 50 meters of heritage wooden-stepped escalators that were built for the station in 1931.

December 7, 2017David Rowlinson

GBCA Gives Brisbane Showgrounds Redevelopment Six Stars

The $2.9-billion redevelopment of the Brisbane Showgrounds, which includes 25 King, a cross laminated timber (CLT) tower designed by architects Bates Smart, has received the highest rating for a master planned precinct in Australia, with a 6-Star Green Star Communities v1 certified rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

December 4, 2017David Rowlinson

Australia's largest Residential Timber Building is an Affordable Housing Project

An affordable housing development made from cross-laminated timber (CLT) has opened in Campbelltown, making it the largest residential engineered timber building in Australia and the first in NSW, according to community housing provider BlueCHP.

December 4, 2017David Rowlinson

International House 'Sister Building' Proposed At Barangaroo

Lendlease has lodged a planning application with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for a second engineered timber office building at Barangaroo South. The application proposes a "sister building" to International House Sydney, with a total commercial floor space of approximately 10,000m2 and a typical floorplate of approximately 1,700m2.

November 13, 2017David Rowlinson

UTAS Wood Project Wins the Built Environment Category in the 2017 Green Gown Awards Australasia

Sustainability leaders from across Australia and New Zealand were on the edge of their seats on 2 November, as the winners of the 2017 Green Gown Awards Australasia were announced live from RMIT University's Storey hall in Melbourne. 35 finalists from 18 institutions held their breath as the President of Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), Leanne Denby, and Vice President, Corey Peterson, announced the winners.

November 8, 2017David Rowlinson

Macquarie University Innovation Hub Wins Four Times in the 2017 Timber Design Awards

The recently completed Macquarie University Innovation Hub won a total of four awards in the 2017 Australian Timber Design Awards, which were announced on Wednesday 25th October at the Melbourne Museum. It won the award for Innovative Timber Design, Engineered Timber, Timber Panels and Timber Windows and Doors.

November 2, 2017David Rowlinson

Timberlink Gains Dual Timber Sustainability Certification

Timberlink believes in the legal, ethical and sustainable sourcing of timber and is a staunch supporter of the forestry certification schemes that provide assurance of this to the market. Timberlink's three mills have held certification since the business commenced operations and following further investment in its Australian mills now becomes the first major sawmilling business in Australia to hold dual certification.

October 31, 2017David Rowlinson

International House Sydney Wins Grand Prix in the 2017 Timber Design Awards

International House Sydney has won the highest honour - the Grand Prix - in the Excellence in Timber Design Award, as well as the People's Choice Award and the Sustainability Award in the 2017 Australian Timber Design Awards.

October 26, 2017David Rowlinson

Wooden Pop-Up Globe Theatre Replica Arrives in Melbourne

A wooden Pop-Up Globe Theatre has been erected in Melbourne that is a full-scale reconstruction of the second Globe Theatre in London, which opened in 1614. It has been built at Kings Domain next to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and, from 21 September to 12 November, will host a season of four classic plays: As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello and Henry V.

October 10, 2017David Rowlinson

Wood Definitely Sets the Right Tone in this Rhythmic Home for a Musical Family

Living with like-minded individuals creates a comfortable and welcoming environment. But a residential project in Melbourne demonstrates that a well-designed space can accommodate diversity side-by-side with similarity.

October 9, 2017David Rowlinson

Exquisite Way to Show the Benefits of Prefabricated Wood Construction

This prototype house overlooking Lake Maggiore in the foothills of the Swiss Alps was designed to demonstrate the capabilities of prefabricated wood construction, and features charred-timber facades enclosing a bright-white interior.

October 9, 2017David Rowlinson

Macquarie University Innovation Hub Opens in North Ryde

In a fitting testimony to its purpose, Macquarie University's new Innovation Hub was mostly pre-fabricated offsite, and the entire onsite build and fitout completed in five months.

September 26, 2017David Rowlinson

International House Sydney wins two major international design awards

Australia's first engineered timber commercial building has won the prestigious Athenaeum and European Centre for Design Award for International Architecture. International House Sydney, designed by Tzannes as part of the Barangaroo redevelopment, received recognition from two of the world's leading design institutions: the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies.

August 15, 2017David Rowlinson

New Zealand - Plans to Build the World's Tallest Wooden Office Building in Wellington.

New Zealand property mogul Sir Bob Jones has announced plans to demolish the Leader's Building in Wellington make way for a new 12-storey office block. Standing 52m tall, it is due to be completed in 2018.

August 14, 2017David Rowlinson

Wood Undoubtedly the Highlight at Richmond Olympic Oval in Canada

Richmond Olympic Oval was a signature structure for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The design of the wood roof and its application in a building of this size and significance marked the entry of British Columbia's wood design and fabrication industry onto the world stage.

August 1, 2017David Rowlinson

Wooden fire station to be built in Maryborough

What better way to showcase the many qualities of engineered timber, including fire compliance, in contemporary building design than a new Fire Station? The existing facility, an iconic part of Maryborough's history, requires a complete functional overhaul while aiming to restore and retain the 1950s local heritage valued façade.

July 3, 2017David Rowlinson

Construction Begins on Australia's Tallest Timber Tower

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.

June 23, 2017David Rowlinson

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

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.

June 7, 2017David Rowlinson

Olympics Architect Brings Wood Back to Tokyo's Concrete Jungle

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.

June 2, 2017David Rowlinson

Planet Ark pays tribute to former Head of Campaigns, Brad Gray

We pay tribute to Brad Gray, our former Head of Campaigns for his role in making Planet Ark Australia's leading environmental behaviour change organisation.

July 5, 2017Marty Middlebrook

Softwood Timber Structures to Feature in Vivid Sydney Festival 2017

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.

May 25, 2017David Rowlinson

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

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.

May 17, 2017David Rowlinson

Sustainable Wooden Soccer Stadium Built on a Budget

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.

May 11, 2017David Rowlinson

Brock Commons - Mass Wood for the Masses

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.

April 18, 2017

GP Super Clinic - a Stunning Example of Nature Connected Design

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.

April 11, 2017David Rowlinson

Wood - Nature Inspired Design

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

March 21, 2017

Wood - Nature Inspired Design Report Launched on World Wood Day

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.

March 21, 2017David Rowlinson

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

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.

February 23, 2017David Rowlinson

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

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.

February 15, 2017David Rowlinson

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

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.

January 23, 2017David Rowlinson

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

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.

January 19, 2017David Rowlinson

Spotted Gum and Ironbark Feature in ICC Sydney

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.

January 9, 2017David Rowlinson

Construction to Commence on the Otago Polytechnic Student Village

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.

January 4, 2017David Rowlinson

WoodTek Headquarters - Taiwan's First CLT Building

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.

December 21, 2016David Rowlinson

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December 19, 2016Brad Gray

Two More Wood Encouragement Policies Introduced in Western Australia

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.

December 16, 2016David Rowlinson

Kaikoura District Council Building Survives Major Earthquake Unscathed

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.

December 8, 2016David Rowlinson

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

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.

December 2, 2016David Rowlinson

National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life Launched

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.

November 21, 2016David Rowlinson

Low Carbon Football Stadium Made of Sustainably Sourced Wood

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.

November 8, 2016David Rowlinson

Taking Shape - South Australia's First Timber Apartment Building

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.

October 14, 2016David Rowlinson

Canada Tops Out World's Tallest Wood-Frame Building

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.

October 7, 2016David Rowlinson

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

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.

September 16, 2016David Rowlinson

New Nelson Airport to Showcase Engineered Wood

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.

September 9, 2016David Rowlinson

Construction Milestone for World's Tallest Mass Timber Building

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.

August 23, 2016David Rowlinson

East Gippsland Shire Council Adopts a Wood Encouragement Policy

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

August 11, 2016David Rowlinson

Landmark Timber Skyscraper to be Built in Amsterdam

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.

August 8, 2016David Rowlinson

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

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.

July 28, 2016David Rowlinson

First Shipment of CLT Arrives in Campbelltown

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

July 20, 2016David Rowlinson

Official Opening of the Centre for Future Timber Structures at UQ

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.

July 12, 2016David Rowlinson

Come and Join us at SEE Sustainable Experience

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

June 27, 2016David Rowlinson

Wood First Policy in Tasmania

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.

May 27, 2016David Rowlinson

World's Tallest Mass Timber Building Is Underway In Vancouver

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.

May 20, 2016David Rowlinson

57m Tall Timber Building Wins Competition In France

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

April 26, 2016David Rowlinson

Maleny Wood Expo 20th Anniversary

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.

April 11, 2016David Rowlinson

Does Timber High-Rise Equal High Risk?

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.

April 1, 2016

Norwegian Project Breaks Tall Wood Building Record

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

March 15, 2016David Rowlinson

2015 Australian Timber Design Award

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

March 2, 2016David Rowlinson

New Code Allows for Eight-Storey Timber Buildings

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

February 3, 2016David Rowlinson

Change Accelerates 'Wood First' Policies

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.

February 1, 2016David Rowlinson

Get Your 2016 Environment Action Planner

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

January 28, 2016Rebecca Gredley

Wood Encouragement - A Growing Trend

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.

December 3, 2015Brad Gray

Planet Ark Ambassadors Honoured

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.

January 28, 2015Brad Gray

Wood - A Growing Answer to Climate Change

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

October 17, 2011