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Making the Case for Eco-Friendly Construction

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25 King in Australia, said to be the world's tallest timber building, is the most recent example of how eco-friendly construction materials can be used to both practical and aesthetic effect.

The building, which opened its doors in mid-November, rises 10 stories from street level and features the use of large timbers in both the exterior and interior. Its developers maintain that the building raises the bar for commercial building design.

The architectural firm intentionally made use of timbers in place of concrete and steel, says a report from New Atlas. The timbers themselves are made of Glulam, a laminated and glued form of wood, and CLT, which stands for cross laminated timber. Using both helps to diminish a building's overall carbon footprint when compared to typical steel-and-concrete construction.

Incorporating timbers also allowed the builders to pre-fabricate elements away from the construction site, which cut down on waste and the time needed to erect the structure.

Over the course of 15 months, large exposed v-shaped elements were placed one on top of the other to serve as a strong foundation for floor plates and ceiling soffits, which were also made of timber slabs.

"25 King reflects a turn towards making buildings and spaces that are warm and inviting," Philip Vivian, director of Bates Smart, tells New Atlas. "We know that people want to connect to nature, and using timber on the exterior and interior of buildings helps complete the connection, making people feel more at ease within the built environment."

Bates Smart further adds that their methods reduced energy costs by 46 per cent when lined up against typical construction methods. Potable water use was reduced by 29 per cent.

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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