Plans are underway for the construction of a massive timber office building in Brisbane, which will feature a low carbon footprint and 6 Green Star rating…. The invention of penicillin, the bionic ear, Wi-Fi technology and more – there’s no denying that Australia has done pretty well, when it comes to competing on the world stage.
And soon, we’ll be able to claim the title of having the largest timber office building in the world.
Why is this so impressive?
Timber is a non-toxic renewable resource that doesn’t leak chemicals into buildings or break down into environmentally damaging materials as it ages. The creation of timber consumes little energy, compared to other materials – making this a sustainable choice, as long as new trees are planted to replace those that have been harvested.
The production of timber also produces zero waste, since it’s harvested from certified sustainably-managed forests.
This is particularly important in this day and age, since caring for the environment has become a priority for people, organisations and governments across the globe. Timber buildings are emerging as a magnet for people seeking work environments that boost their productivity and match their values.
Brisbane is the lucky city that will host this 52 metre tower. As the tallest timber building in Australia, it’s only fitting that it has been named “5 King”, and it definitely will be a sight to behold.
To give you an idea, the tower will span 14 000 square metres and occupy nine storeys, sitting on top of shops, cafes and restaurants at the ground level.
As for location, it seems as though this building will be in good company – as the cherry on top of the $2.9 billion Brisbane Showgrounds redevelopment in Fortitude Valley. It will sit across the road from the already completed Kingsgate building, which is Queensland’s first 6 Star Green Star commercial building.
5 King is set to boast the same green star ratings, which will largely be derived from its use of sustainably sourced timber, as well as rainwater harvesting, energy efficient lighting, bicycle facilities and optimised air-conditioning.
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