Friday, June 22nd, 2012
London’s Stadthaus in Murray Grove has achieved global recognition as the world’s tallest wooden residential structure. Now Melbourne’s Victoria Harbour at Docklands is poised to take the mantle with Lend Lease’s Forté. Design and building professionals have embraced the opportunity to tour this radical new building.

The tip of a woodberg, Forté is Australia’s first large CLT (cross laminated timber) building; however Lend Lease’s Australian CEO, Mark Menhinnitt anticipates that 30% - 50% of their residential projects in the pipeline could be executed in CLT. He also expects it to be used in other applications, including educational, community and commercial buildings.

softwood, cross laminated product, CLT uses 3 to 7 layers dependent on the thickness and structural requirements. Individual pieces of wood are planed, and jointed, the resultant layers are glued together under pressure using a polyurethane adhesive.

The advantages of CLT are particularly relevant to the location and the Victoria Harbour precinct. CLT’s light weight generated substantial below-ground savings and the fast build suits the compact site and the environmental advantages align with Lend Lease’s corporate stance.

Forté aims to be Australia’s first five-star green star as built certified residential building. By using CLT Forté will reduce carbon emissions by more than 1,400 tonnes, compared with building in concrete and steel.

The advantages continue to residents too, Forté apartments will require 25% less energy to heat and cool than a similar apartment built in concrete and steel.

Looking to the future, Mark Menhinnitt said the project will “unlock a new era for sustainable development by offering a viable alternative to traditional construction options, which are carbon intensive”.

Site work commenced in February, Forté is scheduled to be completed in October – a faster build than many stand alone homes.

Architects, building designers and other building professionals have the opportunity to tour the Forte site as part of a WoodSolutions Seminar to be held on Wednesday June 20th. For more details please visit WoodSolutions website.

Speaking at the project launch, Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu, himself an architect, said that Forté will be a driver for "a new environmental footprint in Australia".

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