According to the United Nations, the construction industry accounts for 38% of global CO2 emissions [FM1] [SBC(S2]. Architects, designers and specifiers can play their part in moving the sector onto a low-carbon pathway by implementing materials strategies that reduce lifecycle carbon emissions. Advancements in materials technology and manufacturing has given rise to mass timber, a new category of wood product that can revolutionise sustainable building design.

Sustainable Structures: Why Mass Timber is the Future of Construction takes a closer look at mass timber, what it is, its architectural benefits and the role it can play in reducing the environmental impact of building construction. We examine how mass timber is made and its use for structural applications in low to mid-rise buildings. We then discuss the benefits of mass timber construction as a low-carbon building method. Finally, we consider the factors driving the use of mass timber for taller structures in Australia and across the globe.

NeXTimber® by Timberlink is a range of Australian-made Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels and Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) manufactured from certified plantation radiata pine, offering a renewable, sustainable and low-carbon solution for commercial, residential, and public projects. With their innovative range of engineered wood products, NeXTimber offers complete building structure solutions that work on their own or in conjunction with traditional steel and concrete materials, to balance and reduce net embodied carbon. NeXTimber production in Australia is scheduled to commence in 2023.

Download this whitepaper to learn why mass timber may be the future of sustainable construction.


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