Lend Lease will build the first high rise apartment building in Australia, and the tallest in the world, using cross laminated timber (CLT), said to be a more efficient and environmentally-friendly construction process.
By using CLT, the project, Forté in Melbourne - will reduce CO2 equivalent emissions by more than 1,400 tonnes when compared to concrete and steel.
CLT is an engineered mass timber product. Mass timber is dense solid panels of wood engineered for strength through laminations of different layers and has the equivalent structural integrity to concrete.
Aspiring to be the first 5 Star Green Star As Built residential building in the country, Forté in Victoria Harbour, will be 10 storeys high, comprising 23 residential apartments and 4 townhouses. It is due for completion in October 2012.
Lend Lease says it aims to develop 30 to 50 percent of its apartment pipeline using CLT, and sees application elsewhere across the group.