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Your invitation to be part of an Open Letter to Government

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All New Zealand wood processing and forestry companies are invited to add their name to an Open Letter to Government calling on it to implement its promised ‘Wood First’. The policy requires favourable consideration to building in wood up to 10 storeys for all government buildings. This has been an election policy promise by all 3 coalition parties, and with …

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Korea’s nation-wide TV broadcaster Advocates Carbon Benefits of Wood Buildings

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A special report by UN classifying climate change as urgent has caught the attention of Korea’s largest public TV broadcaster, Korea Broadcasting System (KBS.) KBS televised an hour-long documentary, The Secret of 1.5°C, Wood Buildings, advocating wood construction as a climate change mitigation strategy. The program aired on August 28, 2019, and reached millions of viewers. The special report was published …

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20th Australian Timber Design Awards Winner Announced!

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The Annual Australian Timber Design Award winners for 2019 have been announced at The Crown in Melbourne this October where fitzpatrick + partners claimed first prize for their stunning Castlecrag home aptly named The Seed House. The Seed House blends in seamlessly with the surrounding bushland typical of Castlecrag, floating on a steep, rocky overhang that juts out into Middle …

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High-density housing on the rise

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The number of new high-density homes consented grew 22 percent in the September 2019 year, reaching 14,492 consented, Stats NZ said today. High-density or multi-unit homes include apartments, townhouses, flats and units, and retirement village units. Growth of these outpaced that of stand-alone houses, which grew 6.1 percent between the last two September years. Growth in the number of multi-unit …

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How Timber Construction is Transforming Australian Development

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The way projects are being delivered in Australia is rapidly changing with the emergence of mass timber, an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional structural systems. Mass timber encompasses a suite of building elements that transform relatively low value timber feedstock into structural elements that have superior weight-to-strength performance than steel or concrete. In addition, they can harness prefabricated technologies and …

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Scion benefits from the outdoors – indoors

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The occasional pot-plant is common in modern offices, but how about large trees, potted palms as tall as people, and banks of greenery? It’s what’s included in biophilic design – a concept that’s likely to become increasingly popular as more organisations see the wellbeing benefits in surrounding their people with plants as they work. And it’s entirely fitting that biophilic …