Gympie Wood Encouragement Policy in action

Goomboorian is a rural locality 20km north-east of Gympie on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Bordering Goomboorian’s east is the Great Sandy National Park, home to hiking trails and the last known coastal emu. For many residents and motorists alike, the Stephan Road Bridge has been a popular staple with generations of locals using the bridge to communicate to and from Gympie.

July 6, 2020David Rowlinson

Donated timber improves community facilities at Nambucca Heads and Macksville

A partnership between Forestry Corporation of NSW, Boral and Nambucca Shire Council will see donated timber enhance community facilities in Nambucca and Macksville. The Community Timber Partnerships program will see around $50,000 of donated timber used to enhance the public spaces for the community’s benefit.

July 6, 2020David Rowlinson

Sydney to become home to world's tallest 'hybrid timber' tower

Atlassian plans to build the world's tallest hybrid timber tower for its new headquarters next to Central Station, reshaping the skyline at the southern end of Sydney's CBD.

June 25, 2020David Rowlinson

Make It Wood photo competition winners announced

The finalists and winners of the Make It Wood photo competition were announced on Monday 22nd June. We received over 450 entries, many of which were of a very high calibre, making the judges’ decision a very difficult one. Congratulations to the winners and finalists.

June 24, 2020David Rowlinson

FWPA officially recognised for The Ultimate Renewable™ brand

Forest and Wood Products Australia’s (FWPA) The Ultimate Renewable™ brand has been named twice on the winners’ list for the 2020 International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill Awards.

June 2, 2020David Rowlinson

Baw Baw Shire becomes 18th council in Australia to introduce a WEP

Planet Ark’s Make It Wood campaign is delighted to see that, after a period of public exhibition, Baw Baw Shire in Victoria has become the eighteenth council (in addition to two states – Tasmania and WA – and two Local Government Authorities) to adopt a Wood Encouragement Policy in Australia.

April 23, 2020David Rowlinson

WoodSolutions EPDs downloaded more than 10,000 times

The growing interest in establishing the environmental impact of new projects and gaining environmental accreditation is shown by the number of times the six WoodSolutions Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) have been downloaded.

April 16, 2020David Rowlinson

Building with timber could store millions of tons of carbon

New research into the benefits of timber as a construction material has once again revealed it should be a priority for sustainable development initiatives.

March 31, 2020Macquarie 'Q' Simon

Planet Ark joins FWPA bushfire recovery workshops in affected communities

Planet Ark recently joined Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) for a series of half-day workshops called ‘Resilience, Recovery and Rebuilding’ in bushfire-affected locations Bairnsdale, Tumbarumba and Bega.

March 18, 2020David Rowlinson

Wauchope showground grandstands benefit from donated timber

The Wauchope Show Society couldn’t be happier to see donated timber arrive in time for redevelopment of the showground’s grandstands. Thanks to Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Community Timber Partnerships program, local north coast hardwood timber will be used to replace seating across all five of the grandstands.

March 6, 2020David Rowlinson

55 Southbank Boulevard set to be the tallest timber adaptive reuse building in Australia

A new hotel is set to the tallest timber adaptive reuse building in Australia. Architects Bates Smart designed a 10-storey structure made from engineered timber that sits top of an existing office building in Melbourne’s Southbank. The Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Southbank is due to open later in 2020.

February 26, 2020David Rowlinson

Chadstone Link-ed with glulam arches

The “Chadstone Link”, a stylish and weather-protected walkway, links the Chadstone shopping centre in Melbourne to a new office tower “Tower 1” and to the new MGallery of the Sofitel-Hotel Group. It comprises 31 individually formed timber glulam arches.

February 19, 2020David Rowlinson

In France all new public buildings financed by the state must contain at least 50 per cent wood

As part of the French government’s push for sustainable urban development, President Emmanuel Macron has announced that all new public buildings financed by the state must contain at least 50 per cent wood.

February 7, 2020David Rowlinson

Largest mass timber construction project of its kind topped out in Victoria

Multiplex has topped out the largest mass timber construction project of its kind in Victoria, La Trobe University’s $100 million student accommodation project at its Bundoora campus.

February 6, 2020David Rowlinson

Timber building for Murdoch Uni in WA to be constructed from locally sourced timber

A major new academic building for Murdoch University in Perth will be the first large-scale timber building in Western Australia to be constructed from locally sourced timber.

February 5, 2020David Rowlinson

New Cowarra State Forest tourism precinct to boost visitor numbers and create jobs

The Cowarra state forest will soon be home to a new tourism precinct that will provide better access to existing attractions and cater for new events. The precinct will be funded by the NSW Government’s Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund, together with a financial contribution from the Forestry Corporation of New South Wales, and is expected to boost tourism in the local region.

January 24, 2020David Rowlinson

Biophilic design featured in plans for Western Sydney International Airport

Australia has been given its first look at the design for the new Western Sydney International Terminal, which heavily features biophilic design and sustainable design principles.

November 13, 2019Rachael Ridley

His and Her House wins the Interior Fitout - Residential category in the 2019 Australian Timber Design Awards

Designed by FMD Architects the strong use of timber underpinned the major design decisions and was a natural selection to bring the project together visually and to inspire a familiar sense of memory. The spaces are richly layered with warm honeyed timbers, with visible knots and cracks celebrating the natural inflection and beauty of the material.

November 12, 2019David Rowlinson

The Seed House wins the Grand Prix at the 2019 Australian Timber Design Awards

Already the subject of considerable acclaim, The Seed House in Sydney’s Castlecrag is an exemplar project that combines a sensitivity of the site and awareness of materials with an attention to detail that reflects the passions of the architect and owner, James Fitzpatrick.

November 11, 2019David Rowlinson

Climate activism empowering youth worldwide

The world’s youth is arguably most at risk of the consequences of climate change, but they aren’t taking it lying down

September 16, 2019Kate Diamond

WA’s first timber-framed office tower approved

A local council has approved an office tower in Fremantle to be constructed out of cross-laminated timber (CLT) - a first for Western Australia.

September 11, 2019David Rowlinson

Making wood for good in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie

Cyclone-damaged timber previously bound for the scrap heap has been turned into free building material for community groups as part of the Community Timber Partnerships Program.

August 20, 2019Josh Cole

Gillies Hall at Monash Uni wins gold at Melbourne Design Awards

Gillies Hall, the new 150-bed residential accommodation complex on Monash University’s Peninsula campus, was awarded Gold at the 2019 Melbourne Design Awards. Named after Monash alumnus and prominent Australian political satirist, actor and director Dr Max Gillies AM, Gillies Hall was recognised in the ‘Architecture - Multi Residential - Constructed’ category for its design process and delivery of a space that reflects technical, social and aesthetic considerations.

August 20, 2019David Rowlinson

Mulpha wins approval for timber office building in Norwest

Property developer Mulpha Australia has won development approval for the first timber commercial building as part of its $3 billion Norwest masterplan in Sydney’s west. The $53 million development, known as The Bond, was initially rejected by Sydney Central Planning late last year.

August 7, 2019David Rowlinson

New wood computer building at Coffs Harbour Christian Community Junior School

Students at Coffs Harbour Christian Community Junior School will now enjoy computer lessons in a new timber-clad building and deck built using timber donated by Forestry Corporation of NSW and Boral Timber.

July 29, 2019David Rowlinson

WA joins Tasmania in introducing a state-wide Wood Encouragement Policy

A Wood Encouragement Policy (WEP) for Western Australia has been developed and is a key action item of the plan Forestry Minister Dave Kelly launched on 2nd July 2019, which sets out the strategic direction for the future of the WA forestry industry to support healthy forests and support WA jobs.

July 4, 2019David Rowlinson

WA Wheatbelt pavilion wins 2019 Architecture of Necessity Award

The Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre, situated in the Western Australian Wheatfield belt, has won at the 2019 Architecture of Necessity Awards in Sweden. Curated by the Virserums Konsthall, the awards were first handed out in 2009 to projects that ask or answer questions about consumption and necessity.

July 2, 2019David Rowlinson

University of Tasmania unveils timber campus redevelopment in Launceston

The University of Tasmania has unveiled designs for the first engineered timber building to be developed as part of its $334 million Northern Transformation Project at its Inveresk campus in Launceston.

June 27, 2019David Rowlinson

Australia's tallest timber building to top-up Melbourne Central

Diversified property major GPT Group will build Australia's largest timber building, a premium 12-level office tower, on top of the Melbourne Central shopping mall, which itself sits above a metro train station.

May 30, 2019David Rowlinson

Royd Clan's House in Victoria is built entirely from Glulam and CLT

The concept design for the "Royd Clan's House" in Ceres near Geelong utilising all-timber Glulam and CLT was inspired mainly by the boulders and the remains of the previous house. Architect Nadine Samaha from Level Architekture says "I wanted to create a structure which emulated these boulders coming from the ground."

May 9, 2019David Rowlinson

JCB Architects designs timber student accommodation complex at La Trobe Uni

Jackson Clements Burrows Architects has designed two student accommodation buildings for La Trobe University in Melbourne that will be made of mass timber. The two buildings, to be constructed at a cost of $100 million, will hold 624 beds in one, four, five and six bed apartments, with common spaces joining the two buildings together.

May 3, 2019David Rowlinson

Want to develop in timber? Changes to the National Construction Code makes it easier

The adoption by Australian states and territories of the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 will see new changes that allow buildings of all classes to be constructed with timber building systems. The changes for buildings up to 25 metres - typically 8-storeys - marks an exciting opportunity for developers looking at exploring the use of different materials in their projects.

May 1, 2019David Rowlinson

Barangaroo's 'tree house' achieves structural completion in 7 months

Lendlease has announced that Daramu House, their second timber building in Barangaroo, has reached its top floor, officially marking its structural completion. Built in just seven months, Daramu House, which means 'tree' house in the Aboriginal Language, is constructed from approximately 1,750 pieces of timber.

April 17, 2019David Rowlinson

Sydney Catholic school the first in Australia to be constructed out of mass timber

A Sydney Catholic Primary School has become one of the first in the country to be constructed out of mass timber. And with the sustainable and energy-efficient materials used in the award-winning design, comes a new way of teaching which empowers the students to decide how they want to learn.

April 17, 2019David Rowlinson

Transparent wood, an eco-friendly alternative to glass?

Scientists have created a new building material that provides an eco-friendly alternative to plastic and glass.

April 16, 2019Becca Campbell

Mjøstårnet in Brumunddal, Norway becomes the world's tallest timber building

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has recently verified the status of Mjøstårnet, a mixed-use building in Brumunddal, Norway as the world's tallest timber building. At 85.4 meters, it is also the third-tallest building in Norway and the country's tallest with mixed functions.

March 18, 2019David Rowlinson

Monash Uni welcomes new CLT student accommodation

Multiplex has completed its sustainable student accommodation precinct at Monash University's Peninsula campus in Frankston. After a year of construction, the eco-friendly residential building is now complete and has been built in line with Monash's net zero carbon emissions strategy.

March 7, 2019David Rowlinson

Timber - the ultimate renewable for Dardanup's new administration and library building

Dardanup Shire Council in Western Australia formalised its WEP in December 2016 and is now poised to bring it to life with the development of a new multi-million dollar shire administration and library project.

March 4, 2019David Rowlinson

ANU unveils a new 'innovation rich' precinct called Kambri

BVN has completed five new buildings in a precinct called Kambri for the Australian National University in Canberra. Constructed by developer Lendlease, the precinct is one of the largest building projects in Canberra since the construction of New Parliament House.

February 12, 2019David Rowlinson

LA tower proposal called 'Sky Trees' inspired by Marilyn Monroe's 'flying skirt'

Sydney practice Koichi Takada Architects has unveiled designs for a 63-storey tower, named Sky Trees, in downtown Los Angeles that references California's gigantic redwoods, the "oldest and tallest" trees in the world, as well as Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe and her "flying skirt."

February 11, 2019David Rowlinson

AFPA calls for 400,000 hectares of trees to be planted

Changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) will create expanded opportunities for designers, developers and builders to develop innovative mid-rise timber buildings. However, this positive development again reinforces the need for focus on future timber supply and getting more trees planted to ensure demand can be met in coming decades.

February 7, 2019David Rowlinson

New National Construction Code to increase demand for timber products

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released the preview version of the 2019 National Construction Code (NCC) that increases the range of buildings - up to an effective height of 25m - in which fire-protected timber construction systems can be used. The new classes include schools, retail premises, hospitals and aged care facilities to the previously approved multi-residential, hospitality accommodation and office buildings.

February 6, 2019David Rowlinson

Artist creates giant wood sculptures and hides them in Copenhagen forests

Over the last three years, Danish artist Thomas Dambo has been creating enormous sculptures from recycled materials. Most recently, he sprinkled six of his friendly giants around Copenhagen as a way to encourage people to visit the offbeat areas of his hometown.

February 5, 2019David Rowlinson

Tzannes adds to series of engineered timber buildings with design for UNSW

Tzannes and Lendlease have designed a multi-purpose building constructed from cross laminated timber (CLT) for the UNSW's main campus in the Sydney suburb of Kensington.

January 21, 2019David Rowlinson

The Penrith CLT building at the forefront of sustainable design

A sustainable community centre in Penrith, Sydney has been recognised for its sustainable building practices and innovative green design. Equipped with a 20kW PV solar system, geothermal heating and cooling and water-efficient fittings, the Jordan Springs Community Hub recently won the Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Award.

January 21, 2019David Rowlinson

First sod turned on Hyne Timber's Glulam expansion

Hyne Timber were joined by the Acting Queensland Premier and Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, the Honourable Cameron Dick, local member, Bruce Saunders MP and Mayor, George Seymour on 17th January to officially turn the first sod ahead of construction of their new Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) production plant.

January 17, 2019David Rowlinson

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

Thanks for helping make 2016 a great year!

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

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

Sourcing the right wood - 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

April 24, 2014

Recycling wooden pallets creates jobs

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.

November 15, 2013Lacey-Mai Shea

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