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Growing Australian CLT Projects Presenting Opportunities for Austrian Know-How  

13 November 2016

After Europe and North America, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) also conquers Australia, where massive timber buildings are on the rise. The timber construction industry gained a considerable boost with a change in the National Construction Code allowing for timber buildings including apartments, offices and hotels to be 25 meters in height.  Austria, as the world’s largest CLT producer plays a major role in this development.

The Forte project by Lendlease is the first Australian building using massive timber construction for its walls, floors and ceilings. Following this success, Lendlease completed another CLT project in Melbourne, the Library at the Dock . This library is Australia’s first public building built from massive timber, and the first public building to receive a 6-star green rating. International House Sydney is Lendlease’s third CLT project and Australia’s first CLT and glulam commercial building.

Another major player in Australia’s CLT construction is Strongbuild. One of their projects is the Macarthur Gardens , a community building with three towers of 6-8 stories high located in Sydney’s Campbelltown. Strongbuild is also building a 10 storey timber retirement building based in Sydney’s Norwest Business Park, what may become the largest CLT project in the world. The growing number of CLT projects provides a great opportunity for Austrian firms to supply CLT and share their know-how on the Australian market.