Sustainable timber

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about sustainable timber

Project • By OakBridge Timber FramingPrivate Houses

The Steele Project

For many years, the homeowners of this stunning lakeside timber frame desired a custom home on their rare site which would blend both of their very different styles, while highlighting the unbelievable panoramic water views. On a clear day, one can see for miles and even count the many islands in the distance. In fact, the homeowner used to climb the antennae of his former home just to take in the seemingly endless views. OakBridge Timber Framing/Kris Miller Photography OakBridge Timber Framing/Kris Miller Photography Guests are greeted by breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Erie which are magnificently framed like pieces of art by the oak timbers. Once the soft glow of evening arrives, the home takes on a stylish, luxurious, sw... More

NewsNews • 29 Jul 2020

New digital platform informs the design of the Roatán Próspera Residences by Zaha Hadid Architects

For the Roatán Próspera residences, Zaha Hadid Architects with AKT II and Hilson Moran Partnership have developed a new digital architectural platform. Located on the island of Roatán, one of the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras, the platform was key in developing housing with a specific ecological and social response to the climate, terrain, and culture of the region. Courtesy: Zaha Hadid Architects The team’s design approach starts with a comprehensive understanding of local supply chain, logistics, and construction techniques. This involved in particular sourcing sustainable timber from certified forests on the Honduran mainland for structural elements and further treating this timber locally. Digit... More

Project • By Kavellaris Urban DesignPrivate Houses

Ivanhoe House

Located in the Inner suburb of Ivanhoe, sits a seemingly calm, unassuming modern suburban home in its moat of sand.  The house is a clever orchestration of balancing tension that has created wondrous moments throughout.   The house can be read as a conversation of dualities, of heavy and lightness, public and private and of light and darkness.  The first expression of this tension can be seen from street façade, essentially two forms bifurcated by a double height black void, which forms a grand recessive entry.  On the one side we have a solid, rigid, rectilinear form, seeming weighed down by its own mass.  On the other, elevated from the earth by a shard of black glass, symbolic of emptiness or absence. &... More
Freeman's School Swimming Pool
Freeman's School Swimming Pool
Freeman's School Swimming Pool
Freeman's School Swimming Pool

Project • By ACOUSTIC PRODUCTSSwimming Pools

Freeman's School Swimming Pool

This six-lane competition pool was superbly designed by Hawkins Brown, the state of the art sustainable timber construction replaced the fire struck former building on site. The construction of the pool was led by fit out contractor Gilbert- Ash who utilised timber materials that provided an efficient, fast and carbon neutral construction to both the structure and internal finishes. The timber construction had several challenges of the swimming pool environment. The Laudescher LINEA 2.4.3 (aw-0.90, Absorption Class-A, NRC–0.90) manufactured for its properties to not swell, absorb or mutate. Using the high quality acoustic properties Laudescher beings that absorbs the reflective sounds that will promote greater communication in the swi... More

Project • By AbodoHousing

Lake Tarawera Holiday Home

This holiday home has recently been extensively renovated, including a new deck in Vulcan timber decking by Abodo. Vulcan Decking was chosen as a local sustainable timber decking option that will perform the test of time. The timber is harvested from FSC® certified, rapidly renewable pine plantations, located locally in the greater Rotorua region.  Read more about this project here. More

Project • By Lovell Burton ArchitecturePrivate Houses

Barwon Heads House

A new home for a retiring couple, the project replaces a dilapidated cedar cabin on hardwood stilts which the family had owned for a number of years. The aspiration of the project was to provide both a primary residence for the client and a holiday home for their grown children and families which frequently visit. The dwelling provides a living environment protected from the prevailing weather while celebrating the visual aspects of the coastal landscape. View, shelter and the performance of the building became considerations that formed the architectural response. Space can be closed down or opened up depending on the demands of the family.Nestled within swaths of Moonah within 100 meters from 13th Beach, experience of place is determined... More

Product • By AbodoVulcan Decking

Vulcan Decking

Vulcan Decking is created from thermally modified New Zealand plantation timber and then treated with an organic preservative system that includes a water repellent for superior durability.   The thermal modification process means Vulcan Decking has enhanced stability, reduced resin content and is a beautiful homogeneous brown colour. More

Product • By AbodoVulcan Panelling

Vulcan Panelling

Created from thermally modified plantation timber, Abodo’s Vulcan Panelling is a lightweight, stable timber with excellent thermal characteristics.   With a rich warmth and distinctive straight grain, Vulcan introduces the rich colour of nature into the room.   Modern, clean lines. More

Product • By AbodoVulcan Screening

Vulcan Screening

Engineered from thermally modified plantation timber, with a unique vertical grain, Abodo’s Vulcan Screening is a high performance natural exterior timber.   Designed to weather beautifully with time, Vulcan Screening is available in a number of profiles suitable for batten, rainscreen and louvre type applications. Timber battens can provide a stylish timber elements to your project.   Vulcan Screening is a renewable alternative to Cedar rainscreen, battens, louvres and beams.   Modern, clean lines. More

Project • By Tim Spicer ArchitectsPrivate Houses

Shoreham House

Nestled into a tranquil coastal landscape, the elegant existing three-bedroom house required rejuvenation, updated amenity and an extension to meet the needs of its new owners, while retaining the spirit of the house they fell in love with. The renovation of the house, originally designed by Architect Hugh Tuffley, called for a sensitive touch, as it was imperative to create a design response that resulted in a unified built form.   To achieve this the original colour and material palette was used and built upon, while form and details, taking their cues from the existing building, were given a contemporary twist. Despite its incredible setting, the existing building did not take full advantage of its lush surrounds; therefore the new areas... More

Project • By Cullinan StudioPrivate Houses


Cullinan Studio has completed a playfully creative, light-filled cross-laminated timber (CLT) and brick new-build family home in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. The busy family, which includes two boys, two dogs and visiting grandparents with increasingly limited mobility, had been struggling in a flimsy, badly insulated, dark and inaccessible house with a poorly designed extension, which created a barrier to their much-loved garden. In redeveloping the site, the client had considered timber kit houses to maximise efficiency and reduce waste, and was committed to a sustainable timber home. Cullinan Studio offered a bespoke solution which met the sustainability criteria of a kit house, and ensured it was tailored to the family so that they can pl... More

Product • By AbodoVulcan Cladding

Vulcan Cladding

Abodo's Vulcan Cladding is created from thermally modified New Zealand plantation timber for superior beauty, durability and weathering characteristics.   Vulcan Cladding is suitable for coating in darker colours, and is a renewable alternative to Western Red Cedar timber cladding.   Various modern profiles are available, including vertical shiplap and bevel back.   Modern, clean lines. More

Product • By BURNBLOCKBurnblock by Lemahieu Group

Burnblock by Lemahieu Group

Burnblock by Lemahieu Group, a natural & non-toxic fire retardantLemahieu Group (Lemahieu & Lempan) is capable of manufacturing fire retardant timber and panels, up to B-s1,d0, by the means of Burnblock®. These products are both for indoor and outdoor applications and meet the highest standards regarding combustible materials. Thanks to the certificates of 16 wood species that are fire retardant up to B-s1,d0 in accordance with the European standard EN 13501, Burnblock® allows the architect to opt for natural and sustainable timber and panels for his projects. A continuous R&D enables us to respond to urban planning developments and to expand our certificates. A selection from the certified timber species are: pine, ce... More

Project • By Bourne Blue ArchitecturePrivate Houses


Blueys Beach is a popular holiday destination, on the Mid North Coast of NSW.The original houses in this coastal village are simple fibro or weatherboard structures. They are weather beaten and basic, yet they generally offer a relaxing beach holiday experience. Unfortunately, when properties change hands, original buildings are often replaced by large suburban houses, which have little recognition of place and relate poorly to the immediate context.This house was designed on an empty but narrow (12m x 42m) block. The site slopes gently down to the rear, and there are established houses on neighboring blocks.The client’s brief was for a simple holiday house that created it’s own amenity on the site. It must not be ostentatious and must fit... More

Project • By Paul de Ruiter ArchitectsPrivate Houses


Park Brederode in the Dutch city Bloemendaal is part of the protected North Holland dune landscape and is a unique living location. At the heart of this beautiful landscape, Paul de Ruiter Architects designed a sustainable villa provided with every luxury and comfort.From the very start it was clear that the landscape around the villa should be preserved as much as possible. We created a large basement and semi-positioned the ground floor in the slope of the hill. The first floor towers above the partially glazed ground floor and the undulating dune landscape. Both the north and south façades of the first floor are largely made of glass, while the east and west façades have a more closed character. The closed façade areas on the first floor... More