Bird monitoring programs supports rich biodiversity in plantation forests

A successful bird monitoring program supported by Responsible Wood Community Grants and undertaken by Birdlife Australia at the request of PF Olsen Australia has dispelled the notion that forest plantations are ‘biological deserts’ In 2015, BirdLife Australia began monitoring bird populations annually in hardwood plantations in western Victoria and have done similar work in Western Australia since 2017.  The Responsible…

Call for Entry – 2022 Australian Timber Design Awards are bigger than ever!

Judging of the 2022 Australian Timber Design Awards has commenced with submissions closing Friday, July 29th 2022. Responsible Wood, Australia’s largest forest certification scheme, is proud to announce the continuation of its long running involvement in the Australian Timber Design Awards. Now in their 23rd year, the Awards are distinguished by a proud heritage of innovation and achievement. The Awards…

Going local, slow and carbon low in the 21st century updating of the drop slab hut

Covered by Gib Wetteenhall, Secretary of Ballarat Region Treegrowers (BRT)  The Drop Slab Hut was supported by the Responsible Wood Community Grants Program. For more information about the Responsible Wood Community Grants Program please visit the Responsible Wood website. The ImLal drop slab hut provides a practical and attractive example of how we might deploy eucalypts, wattles and other native…

The ‘radical’ re-built timber home inspired by nature

A clear vision to create a structure that emulated its rocky surrounds… AN award-winning architect inspired by nature has used cross-laminated timber and glulam in a Victorian re-build project that blends with its surrounding rocky landscape. From the remnants of an old property outside Geelong, Melbourne-based Level Architekture, together with Vistek Structural Engineers, Responsible Wood-certified Hyne Timber and XLam, ticked…

Berlinovo apartment building – hybrid construction with PEFC-certified timber

As featured by PEFC International Berlin has a new residential complex for students, realized as a timber hybrid construction. PEFC-certified timber in the load-bearing elements has a beneficial effect on the speed of construction, the quality of living and the building’s ecological footprint. Living space is rare in Germany’s capital, making the search for housing a challenge, especially for students. Berlinovo…

Royd Clan House secures the Australian Certified Timber award

Level Architekture, Vistek Structural Engineers, Hyne Timber and XLAM combine to secure the Australian Certified Timber award for their “Royd Clan House” creation. Announced as part of the 22nd Australian Timber Design awards, the Victorian home was constructed from the remnants of an old property and its monolithic boulders, using Responsible Wood-certified Glulam and CLT throughout. Indeed “Royd Clan House”…

XLam CLT natural, healthy choice for pre-fab firm’s workplace environment

As featured in Master Builder New South Wales magazine MODULAR building company Fabprefab has decked out its NSW central coast warehouse with XLam’s Responsible Wood-certified Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) product to form the structural material of the floor, walls, and roof – all while using it to provide a mezzanine level for the building. Fabprefab’s building product choice reflects the…

Best Use of Certified Timber Prize: a gymnastics centre and a research facility show the flexibility and robustness of timber

As featured by PEFC International Have a look at two finalists of the Best Use of Certified Timer Prize, supported by PEFC: a gymnastics centre that can be converted into an exhibition hall, and a research facility that chose timber for its robustness against corrosive sea air and cyclones. Ariake Gymnastics Centre – Nikken Sekkei The Ariake Gymnastics Centre in…

Mon Repos Turtle Centre amongst finalists shortlisted for the WAF Best Use of Certifed Timber

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has revealed that the Queensland based Mon Repos Turtle Centre is among the eight projects shortlisted for 2021 Best Use of Certified Timber – supported for the third year in a row by Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). This year’s shortlisted projects highlight the work of practices across the world, from Australia and…