Australia's first high-rise timber building, Forte Development, is currently under construction and it is set to be the tallest of its kind. Located in Melbourne's Victoria Harbour, the building uses an innovative building product called Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) to keep the construction process clean and green. When it is finally completed in October of this year, the tower will stand 10 stories high and will feature 23 residential apartments and four townhouses.
As well as echoing modern city life, the tower will incorporate environmental principles, including better energy efficiency. CLT is said to help make the entire construction process more environmentally-friendly. Timber panels are stacked at right angles, glued together over their entire surface, and then hydraulically pressed.
The process creates an practical alternative to materials such as prefabricated concrete. CLTs can withstand the same pressure as concrete, but is faster and cheaper to work with. As it is the first time CLT is being undertaken in Australia, the tower marks an interesting moment in construction efficiency.
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