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World’s Tallest Engineered Timber Office Building Opens in Sydney

International House Sydney is Australia’s first engineered timber office building, and the world’s tallest. Legendary architectural practitioners Tzannes are behind the technically and aesthetically impressive project, which opened in May this year.

The design relies on Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) to form six of the above ground levels, which rest on a conventional concrete structure at ground level. The internal CLT structural elements are left fully exposed, resulting in a strikingly forest-like feel. CLT has a very small carbon footprint as opposed to other construction materials, largely because it’s production process generates no waste at all.

“The architecture of International House Sydney reflects a new form of beauty. Beyond shape and surface, it is ‘deep design’, renewing architecture’s role to serve the greater social purpose of lowering carbon emissions.” Says Tzannes director Alex Tzannes.

Brisbane is set to receive a wooden-wonder of it’s own soon. Lend Lease and Bates Smart are planning a ten storey development which will boast the largest gross floor area for an engineered timber building in the world.

Queensland Housing Strategy Released

The Palaszczuk Government has announced their affordable housing strategy, allocating $1.8 billion to build over 5,000 social and affordable housing options in Australia.


“Housing is fundamentally about people and our $1.8 billion investment puts people first,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.


Ms Palaszczuk believes the strategy will provide a launch pad for opportunity and aspiration, and also a predictable program of work the industry can rely on over the 10 year construction program.



The Queensland Housing Strategy will:

  • build 4,522 new social homes and 1,034 affordable homes
  • support 450 full-time construction jobs a year
  • introduce inclusionary requirements for new dwellings on state land (5-25% for social and affordable)
  • invest $20 million to construct new Youth Foyers in Townsville and on the Gold Coast and expand the existing Foyer in Logan
  • commit $75 million to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander home ownership
  • invest $30 million to reform the housing system
  • create housing and homelessness hubs to improve service delivery
  • strengthen consumer protections for retired people.

Another Brisbane First

Congratulations to Floth Sustainable Building Services on achieving both the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) Green Star – Design & As Built v1.1 certified rating and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council’s (ASBEC) zero carbon building standard for its new head office in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

The new building includes a daylight-controlled direct-indirect LED lighting system, and variable air volume systems that are demand controlled in response to zoned carbon dioxide sensors. The office also features green trellis walls with drought tolerant climbing vines growing up the external faces of the central light well and rear decks.

We at the AGDF are very impressed, and are looking forward to seeing more high performance sustainable office spaces developed and available in Brisbane.

eLearning Portal Launches – AGDF News

The eLearning Portal Launched today promising an exciting new era in the delivery of Green Speed Learning Forums (GSLF) and other events the AGDF promote.

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 1.04.34 pm“GSLF have been a very successful component to the AGDF as a knowledge source, so the online portal is an extnsion of this”, President Mark Thomson comments. Currently, paid members have access to the GSLF free of charge at the workshops or through members resources, however the AGDF eLearning portal now delivers these sessions to anyone outside of Brisbane, at anytime. 

“The way in which we can deliver knowledge is changing with the seamless technologies available”, says Mark “and the AGDF consider the new website & opening of the eLearning portal in line with communities and industries having access to knowledge regardless of location.”

The eLearning portal will cover industries from Architecture & Design, Construction, Real Estate & Engineering to name a few. If you are interested in becoming a Trainer or have unique content you would like to deliver to the AGDF Audience then please get in touch.

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