A Melbourne icon gains a companion

Parliament of Victoria Members’ Annexe The question of extending Melbourne’s iconic Parliament House building to accommodate 102 new offices for parliamentarians and their staff without blocking any views from the existing building and compromising its considerable heritage value was the challenge faced by architects Peter Elliott Architecture and Urban Design. While the original 1856 parliament house building was a grand…

Exclusive: NSW Forests, the Gumbaynggirr nation and Wedding Bells State Forest

Responsible Wood certification from the Forest Manager’s perspective In the NSW North Coast hinterland behind Woolgoolga, within the Gumbaynggirr nation, North of Coffs Harbour, lies the Wedding Bells State Forest; a leading example of how a forest can be managed for multiple uses. Since its dedication as a state forest in 1917 Wedding Bells State Forest has operated not only…

Responsible Wood, Kids Under Cover featured in national woodworking magazine

Responsible Wood featured on page 13 in AWISA national magazine Responsible Wood, Australia’s largest forest certification scheme was recently featured in page 13 of the Australian Woodworking Industry Suppliers Association (AWISA) magazine. Showcasing the Nest’d™ ‘Kids Under Cover’, Responsible Wood features prominently within a publication that is distributed extensively throughout the woodworking community. Highlighting the importance of targeting specifiers and end consumers of…

Hot off the press! Presenting the Responsible Wood Bulletin Autumn 2019…

Extended 16 page edition builds on Responsible Wood’s momentum in the market… Ahead of the autumn release of the Responsible Wood Bulletin, Simon Dorries, CEO of Australia’s largest forest certification scheme, reflected on the shifting perceptions of forest certification in the forest products industry. “For the first time, the Australian Forestry Standard now known as Responsible Wood has developed a…

We have a winner! International House, Sydney claims coveted WAF design prize!

The wait has come to an end! At an impressive gala dinner with over 1000 attendees, the jury of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) awarded the Best Use of Certified Timber Prize, supported by PEFC. We are delighted to announce that the winner is the International House in Sydney, designed by Tzannes architecture and built by Lendlease with PEFC-certified cross laminated timber (CLT) supplied by Stora Enso. A prime…

The Tiny Timber Home Making a Very Big Difference

The Peak, Melbourne Since the 1950’s Australia’s average free-standing house size has more than doubled, yet the number of occupants in the average home has halved. In fact, Australians are building the second-biggest freestanding houses in the world behind the US at an average of 230.8 square metres. But one new Melbourne business is proving that bigger is not always…

A better choice of cladding with Responsible Wood

“Responsible Wood provides our customers with confirmation that the timber is sourced from a sustainable origin, it provides the ultimate trust-mark that Weathergroove panels are green, trusted, certified and Australian…” As Director and co-founder of Sydney design and construction company, Cadence and Co, Darren Mills is well versed in advising clients on building materials. When it came to selecting timber…

Turning the tables on unsustainable furniture

In the Brisbane suburb of Yeerongpilly flat-pack furniture is being re-imagined.  Here, joiner Ben McGreevy recently launched furniture company Oak and Hide, using Australian Hoop Pine to craft furniture that will be ingeniously flat-packed for delivery but guaranteed to out-live its cheaper flat-packed rivals by decades. McGreevy has abolished the need for allan keys, dowels, fasteners and bolts (which are…