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La Trobe’s $100m Timber Student Housing Nears Completion

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Contractor 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. Continuing the trend towards timber construction, 4500 cubic metres of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam (glue-laminated timber) will be used to deliver a mix of one, four, five and six-bed apartments supported …

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LEVER Architecture’s Thomas Robinson discusses the impact California could have on the timber industry

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We are witnessing a revolution in how we build with engineered timber in the United States. In January 2019, the International Code Council (ICC) approved changes that would allow high-rise wood buildings in the 2021 International Building Code (IBC). Oregon and Washington were early adopters of these code changes, and Denver, Colorado, recently followed suit. Other states and municipalities are …

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Beam me up – jobs, sustainable housing branch out from timber research

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Research by Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) to develop a new sustainable timber product has delivered additional jobs and a boost to a Queensland construction company. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the research by DAF’s Forest Product Innovation team had proven to be a win-win good news story for Cooroy-based Eco Cottages. “An …