Timber most viable option for mid-rise building
April 18, 2017
While CLT is the dynamic new kid on the block, conventional timber frame with engineered timber floor systems are still the most viable and commercial option for medium density construction.
Andrew Pettenon, new business and design manager at Figurehead Constructions, will explain ‘why’ in his presentation on “Mid-rise residential construction with prefab timber frames and cassette floors” at the Timber Offsite Construction conference in June.
The pioneer of this approach was a 5-level apartment complex in Parkville 3 years ago by Australand, now Frasers Property Australia, the tallest timber frame apartment building in Australia at that time.
“We are using similar technologies - we are just refining them for better compliance and design outcomes,” said Mr Pettenon, whose firm will undertake its fifth project of such construction in Melbourne over the next few months.
Mr Pettenon will explain the benefits of timber frame construction up to three or four levels, and the parameters that make such buildings both design and cost efficient.
“The success of timber frames relies on efficient continual loads,” he said. It’s about eliminating structural offsets, such as changing floor plates from one floor to the next, otherwise the system is compromised, adding other structural elements like steel, and hence cost”
His presentation will cover smart design and working cohesively as a team. “Getting the design right from the start really saves on building costs in the long run – engineered timber systems won’t work on all projects, yet it definitely has a place in the medium density market”.’’
Mr Pettenon added “timber has a big advantage in the delivery program by allowing services and finishing trades to immediately start works on the level below the floor framing installation, which is a huge advantage in comparison to a framed concrete solution”
Mr Pettenon will also elaborate on National Code of Construction compliance of timber class 2 medium density apartments, particularly in regard to fire and acoustics.
Frame Australia 2017 titled ‘Timber Offsite Construction’ will be held on Monday and Tuesday 19-20 June 2017 at Park Hyatt Melbourne, and for event details visit the website www.frameaustralia.com
Delegate registration for the conference is now available on-line at the website, and Early bird registration fees receive a $155 discount.