|Next generation timber building systems on the way|
|Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00|
You may have heard, for instance, of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), a large format solid wood panel product to be used extensively in the landmark Delta timber high rise -- but there are more systems on the way. Just coming into production is Expan: a range of composite and post-stressed, prefabricated timber systems that lock together using embedded metal tendons. Products like these meld the aesthetics and workability of timber with the strength and endurance of concrete and steel. Michael Green, guest judge for last year's Awards, believes that they will lead in time to wide span, high rise timber buildings.
So where are the early adopters in Australia? We've already mentioned the Delta timber high rise. And yes, we're seeing more high-rise timber buildings planned: four to ten storey timber buildings are on the way. But we're still waiting to see a large, many storey timber building in the Public or Commercial Buildings category of the Australian Timber Design Awards. A building like that would be a very competitive entry indeed!
Got a project that you think could be a winner? Have a look at our entry categories and last year's winners. And when you're ready to start on your online entry, fill in a registration. (You may add to and modify your entry up until 17 June.)