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Timber-first policy revealed


Overhauls to the building industry could be on the horizon following the Government’s adoption of a timber-first policy.

It comes as new research shows building industry emissions need to be halved in the next 10 years if the country is to achieve its 2050 carbon target.

Currently, the manufacture of steel and concrete is sending significant amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, so it is hoped the policy will encourage more timber frame building.

The move may be a shock in some areas, however, many Bay of Plenty businesses are already well-versed in prioritising wood, with Rotorua Lakes Council being the first local authority in New Zealand to implement a wood-first policy.

Rotorua’s policy, adopted in 2015, has been held up as a viable nationwide post-COVID recovery strategy, creating jobs and reducing reliance on international exports, as well as aiding climate change targets.

Scion’s new building Te Whare Nui o Tuteata is a prime example of how sustainably-grown timber can be used in the construction of medium-rise buildings.

Bay of Connections is currently working with Rotorua Economic Development and Rotorua Lakes Council to develop an event aimed at helping local government planners and other relevant groups to understand the latest developments in cross laminated timber (CLT) and low carbon construction.

Our aim is to encourage developers and their clients to choose wood first and to help develop a smoother consenting process for mid-rise timber construction, and we don’t see any reason why the wider Bay of Plenty couldn’t become a leader in low-carbon construction.

Continuing the timber theme, a date has been set for the sixth annual WoodWorks mass timber conference, being hosted in Rotorua on September 21st and 22nd, 2021.

The event aims to grow the capability and use of wood in commercial and multi-residential buildings, bringing together architects, project managers, designers, fit-out specialists, quantity surveyors, BIM specialists and engineers from around the country.

For more information about this conference, click here.

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  1. Judy Turner Judy Turner Do you think the government is doing enough to support the wood processing sector into the future? If not, what are the sort of options that would make a real difference....export tariffs???? Tuesday, June 22, 2021
  2. Glen Crowther Glen Crowther I think that's a great question Judy. From what I hear, a lot of people aren't seeing the big crash ahead for NZ's timber exports, so more support for wood processing seems a no-brainer as we keep planting pine instead of reducing carbon emissions. Tuesday, June 22, 2021

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