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Australia Embraces Wooden Structure High-Rise Buildings

A change to building regulation codes in Australia means that architects will be allowed to build timber-framed structures up to eight storeys in height for the first time.

The new regulations are more line with buildings codes in North America and Europe, where many seven- to nine-storey wooden buildings have been completed, and a series of timber-framed skyscrapers are proposed.

The research project was led by Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA), a nonprofit industry organisation. Managing director Ric Sinclair claims the ruling will offer benefits to local residents, property owners and the domestic building industry.

“This initiative will bring Australia up to pace with much of the rest of the world – so that the building property industry can take advantage of the environmental and cost benefits of domestic timber construction,”

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