Australia’s building code change creates exciting new opportunities for timber framing

The culmination of three years work, orchestrated by industry body, Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA), the Australian Building Code Board recently approved amendments enabling timber framing to be used on a far wider range of projects. The new regulations now permits the use of fire and acoustic rated timber-framed construction systems for 3 storey Class 3 buildings (e.g. hotels/motels) and broadens the market for timber. The amendment will apply from May 2014.

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