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Innovative Site Tour - December 2016

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The CIBSE South Australia Chapter recently attended a site tour around the new $27.3 MILLION apartment project at Kent Town, which will become the state’s first to use an innovative CLT (cross laminated timber) construction technique after being approved by the Development Assessment Commission.

All load bearing walls, floors and ceilings within the five-storey structure will use CLT in place of traditional concrete and steel - halving the construction time and saving significant costs. Materials come from Austria and mostly comprise 180mm thick walls with similar floors all built up from the 2nd to 5th storey. Local SA developer FA Mamac and building company Morgan and Hansen will deliver “Verde”, comprising 54 apartments, 7 home offices, ground floor retail, commercial offices and a feature central piazza for residents.

It is understood that there are just two completed CLT buildings in the country, including Lend Lease’s “Forte” in Melbourne which is the world’s tallest CLT apartment building. CLT has been widely used across Europe for more than a decade but has been slow to be adopted in Australia. As a result the BCA 2016 contains a new section on “fire resistant timber” construction.