Australia National Construction Code produces new guide for mid-rise timber buildings

The recent changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) in Australia aims to help designers, architects, engineers and other built environment professionals with a new timber design guide for mid-rise building.

Effective from 1 May this year, the NCC changes made timber construction systems suitable for the Deemed-to-Satisfy pathway for class 2, 3 and 5 buildings up to 25 metres in height, which is generally between four and eight stories, depending on the floor-to-ceiling ratio.

Covering both traditional timber framing and innovative massive timber systems such as cross laminated timber (CLT) and Glulam, the new solution requires use of appropriate layers of fire resistant materials and sprinkler systems.

The new design guide by Wood Solutions provides comprehensive, easy to use advice on meeting the requirements of the NCC.

“Designing and constructing… buildings in timber will be unfamiliar to some of the professionals involved,” explained Eileen Newbury from Forest and Wood Products Australia.

“And this is the first of a series of guides we will be publishing to assist them [in] understand[ing] the Performance Requirements, the available design options and to make the transition to using the new timber systems as efficiently as possible.”


Source: Architecture and Design and The Fifth Estate