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Multi-Residential Construction with Prefabricated Floors by TECBEAM

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THE FUTURE FOR MULTI-RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION

In Europe and North America, prefabricated and panelised timber construction has been used for many years and has become highly developed in efficient and cost-effective residential dwellings and multi-storey buildings.

Prefabricated wood panel systems is now becoming the preferred building material in residential construction, and in Australia we started to follow the trend last year with the construction of the all timber 10 storey ‘Forte’ by developer Lend Lease in Melbourne’s Docklands.

This emerging revolution in construction will be extensively discussed at the Frame Australia 2014 conference and exhibition, titled “Prefab Timber and Engineered Wood in Building Construction” at Park Hyatt Melbourne on May 19.

The most common timber building system presently used for dwellings in Australia is pre-fabricated timber trusses and frames, however rapidly emerging are complete floor cassettes and panellised walls, prefabricated and installed on site by mobile crane.

As an example, a multi-residential building project by Australand Property Group is a 57 apartment 5 storey building in in the Melbourne suburb of Parkville, which was completed in only 11 months by utilising timber panel systems in construction.

The project uses prefabricated timber walls and roof, with complete cassette timber floors craned into place on each building level.

During construction they completed 400 square metres per day, with 11 day floor cycles to have all load bearing and partition walls in place, which enabled installation of services to commence a day later.

The floor cassette system was designed and manufactured by Tilling SmartFloor with the key element of TECBEAM™ lightweight steel and timber composite structural beams, which demonstrate many superior performance characteristics when compared with other joists.

TECBEAM™ is designed and manufactured in Australia with worldwide patents for its technology and is exclusively produced and distributed by Tilling Timber.

Rob De Brincat of Tilling SmartStruct said “The Australand Parkville project is a testament to the advantages of prefabricated timber systems and how all segments of the industry can work together to successfully deliver a large scale residential project with one of the biggest developers in the country”

“SmartFloor is a light-weight prefabricated floor cassette system that is a fast and safe method of structural floor erection that results in a significant reduction in construction programing, and in turn development costs”.

“The SmartFloor cassette system with TECBEAM™ has the same spanning capabilities of reinforced concrete but at a much lighter construction weight, which allows the cassettes to be installed using mobile cranes resulting in substantial savings in both the erection process and skilled labour costs” he added.

“Not only are we providing new and exciting product for the Australian market, but we have set up a support structure in the SmartStruct system to develop an timber solution for virtually any building type and to provide help and advice in every aspect from concept to construction” Rob concluded.

The shift to using prefabricated timber panel construction systems is a response to increasing demand for medium-density housing in our major cities, which is essential if our population is to continue growing and remain sustainable.

Furthermore, timber panel systems provide significant opportunities to move beyond the current levels of building site productivity, health and safety, speed of construction and build quality.

For more information on Frame Australia 2014 conference and exhibition visit the website www.frameaustralia.com