Taller timber buildings Code change proposal creates new opportunities for designers and developers

Australia is poised to join similar countries around the world with proposed changes to the National Construction Code Volume 1 to allow timber construction in taller structures – up to 8 storeys for buildings including apartments, hotels and offices. Modelling indicates that this may result in construction cost reductions of 10-15%, while new material options create new scope for architects and designers. The proposal is open for public consultation until Monday 3rd August and if successful will be implemented in May 2016.

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