Building code allows timber framing for taller buildings
As from May 2014, the Australian Building Code permits the use of fire and acoustic rated timber-framed construction systems for 3 storey Class 3 buildings (e.g. boarding houses /motels).
We can now look forward to more approved applications for traditional wood framing and new engineered wood products in taller buildings, including hotels, motels, hostels and residential parts of health-care facilities for staff accommodation.
This is a step towards bringing Australia into line with the majority of overseas building codes, that allow deemed-to-satisfy solutions for much taller timber buildings (up to 20 stories in NZ and Europe – see table).