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The Real (Green) Deal

Dutch lead fresh sustainability push

The door is closing quickly against timber suppliers who don’t have certifiable proof that their products are from sustainably managed forests.

And even if they can reference a national certification scheme, it better be endorsed by PEFC™ or FSC® or it probably won’t have the necessary ‘cred’. That’s the clear picture emerging from big timber importing markets in Europe.

The fact that major tropical hardwood lumber suppliers to the EU such as Malaysia, Brazil and Ghana have seen their sales plunge to unprecedented lows over the past 18 months has as much to do with new sustainability and legality regulations as it has the depressed European economy.

Even a traditionally ‘safe’ source of hardwood such as the US may be in the firing line. Although that country’s vast natural forests of oak, walnut, maple, cherry and the like are undeniably managed on a sustainable basis, very few are third-party certified.

All of which makes the Dutch Government’s recently announced ‘Green Deal’ campaign of special significance. The Netherlands is a major EU entry point for hardwoods and the Green Deal signed in June with 26 of the country’s industry associations – plus support from trade unions, construction, furniture and retail companies – seems to shut the door on non-certified timber imports.

The Green Deal documents how signatories will promote timber from sustainably managed forests.

See more http://www.timberdesignmag.com/articles/real-green-deal/

 

 

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Castle Rock Beach House

This amazing beach house at Whangarei Heads used Kingfisher SG8 products as a very important design component. Highly visual, structural members on both the interior and exterior.

A ‘Home of the Year’ Finalist, designed by Herbst Architects demanded hand picked grades and custom sizes that were installed by construction firm, Lindesay Construction. The 100m2 build including decks is a masterpiece and ulitmate showcase of the capabilities of the Kingfisher SG8 Range. For exterior timbers, H3.2 Copper Quat (CQ) treatment was chosen for its environmentally friendly properties. In the words of architect Lance Herbst ‘We play with whats inside and whats outside to create a different experience to the city with the strong engagement with nature.”

“Here at Castle Rock Herbst Architects were asked to design a holiday home for a family of four from Auckland. The site, as you can see from the photographs on, was gorgeous, but came with a number of challenges. The building platform on top of the ridge was already prescribed by the rules of the subdivision, and was exposed to wind from every direction. The views out to sea and to the Whangarei Heads were to the south, but the views north to the top of Castle Rock were, in their own ways, just as worthy of contemplation.

The home has a fabulous openness: it feels at times as if it is little more than a series of casual shelters on the way to the beach. In reality, the entry level of the home is made up of two decks and two rooms, each of them with an array of doors, shutters and screens that offer a variety of configurations between openness and closure. The entry deck faces north to the view of Castle Rock, and is therefore perfect for sheltering from southerly breezes. Like most of the doors on this level, the slider separating this deck from the kitchen disappears into a wall; so does the door on the other side of the kitchen, which connects to another deck with a fireplace and a view of the ocean. The idea is that there will always be a covered outdoor space to hang out in, but if the weather is truly terrible, access to both these decks can be closed off, and the owners can move easily between the kitchen and the snug living area, with its deep built-in seats and corner window overlooking the trees beside the beach…..”

See more photos Read the full article on Home Magazine website

 

 

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Urba Apartments, Auckland

Currently under construction, Urba Residences are one of the most awaited developments to be brought to the City of Auckland, located only 3 minutes from Ponsonby Road. Beautifully designed by award winning architects, Leuschke Group Ltd to meticulous detail for the owner occupier.

A 10 storey high rise with 143 apartments, which are predominantly 55m2 with 8 ‘sky terraces’ at the top of the building that are two bedrooms and 70m2.

Most apartments offer stunning views overlooking Auckland’s enchanting skyline and the development also has a spacious courtyard, gymnasium and large heated swimming pool for the residents.

With a big emphasis on sustainability, our Timber Consultants worked in conjunction with our local Approved Reseller to come up with a solution out of our Kingfisher SG8 range for a specific structural application in the high rise building.

See more http://urba.co.nz/

Architects http://www.leuschke.co.nz/

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Kurow Bridge Replacements, Waitaki

Work on new bridges to replace the 132 year-old two single lane bridges (256m and 140m long) across the Waitaki River on SH82 at Kurow started in March 2013. The first of new bridges on the Kurow side of the river opened in April 2014 followed in early June, by the second new bridge on the Hakataramea side of the river. The entire project including the removal of the old bridges, is expected to be completed in late 2014.

These bridges will greatly improve route security along SH82 between Kurow and Waimate and protect a vital link between Kurow and the Hakataramea Valley, which has existed since the current bridges opened in 1881.

Trusted Weka SG8 and Weka No.1 products were supplied through one of our Approved Resellers in Oamaru and Timaru working with the main contractor Downer.

Not only does the replacement bridges enable local people to walk or cycle safely between the two communities but it also supports the tourism industry by providing a safe passageway for cyclists who want to visit the Waitaki Valley and stay a little longer to enjoy its hospitality.

Two spans from the old timber bridges will be permanently displayed on Kurow Island to preserve part of the area’s history

Learn more http://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/waitaki-river-bridges-replacement/index.html 

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Tea Tree Lane, Woodridge Estate, Wellington

Woodridge is a new residential suburb located at the northern end of Newlands in Wellington. Homes are built on flat sections, nestled in the Hills between Newlands and Horokiwi. Seemingly a country mile from the hustle and bustle of city life, tucked away in a quiet pocket of Wellington’s northern suburbs, the place that encourages pride of ownership, peace of mind and a sense of belonging.

With gorgeous views, reserve outlooks and flat building sites, it’s little wonder that Woodridge is fast becoming one of Wellington’s most successful new residential neighbourhoods, and all only minutes from Wellington CBD.

An impeccable eye for detail is a  hallmark of the team working on this development that ranges from stylish town houses to architectural homes.

Over recent years ATS Timber has worked in close conjunction with the developers and local Approved Resellers to provide customised timber products to a large number of these homes. A lot of them feature band sawn face weatherboard and fascia’s out of our Kakapo Cladding range that is pre-stained in Resene Woodsman colours and then finished on site. A range of profiles from bevel back to rusticated to shiplap and different colour options are chosen depending on the clients tastes. Custom designed pergola’s and entryway’s commonly incorporate band sawn timber products that serve both a modern an functional purpose.

Development of Woodridge Estate began when the landowning family of Woodridge Farm, the Wrights, began to cut a portion of their farm into lots in the 1980’s. Woodridge is still actively growing under the guiding hand of the Wright family members in the form of Woodridge Developments and Wrightway Homes.

Mr Wright took the ‘wood’ theme from the family farm and named many of the streets in keeping with this theme. Examples are Peppertree Lane, Cedarwood St, Ashwood St, Kentwood Drive, White Pine Ave, and Cabbage Tree Lane.

See more about Woodridge Estate http://www.woodridge.co.nz/new_home_page

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Clyde Quay Wharf, Wellington

Hailed as ‘Wellington’s most sort after residential address.’

This multi-unit residential, office and retail building was a $180m development undertaken by Willis Bond and Co. The recently completed project was at the time one of New Zealand’s largest commercial projects. In comprises of 76 premium apartments on the upper levels, public spaces, art works and hospitality businesses at wharf level. Designed by Athfield Architects, the complex replaces the Overseas Passenger Terminal, built in the 1960s on a wharf that dates from 1910.

The development was the largest private development in New Zealand and was officially reopened on 18 June 2014, by Her Worship the Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, following six years of intense planning and two and a half years of strengthening, conservation and construction.

A project of immense scale, the 250m long building has involved more than 1,000 workers over the past two years, with an additional 300 consultants, designers and experts collaborating on the project off-site. The team engaged cutting-edge construction and design techniques to deliver the international-standard development in its unique position in Wellington Harbour in excess of 100% of the Building Code. The project was constructed by local firm LT McGuiness.

The apartments are the home to the city’s biggest concentration of millionaire’s and the most expensive apartment is believed to have sold for in excess of $10m. Seventy-six apartments ranging in price from $1.3 million to as much as $10m for the largest apartment on the top deck at the northern end of the wharf. Panoramic views of the city and harbour. Under-wharf parking with direct lift access to apartments. A concierge, movie theatre, gym and business centre.

ATS Timber worked in close conjunction with a Wellington based Approved Reseller and contractors to supply over 11,000 lineal metres of a custom run skirting out of our Kakapo Clears Radiata Pine UT range, supplied sanded one face. This product was fitted out throughout most of the project and painted with a high gloss paint.

We also supplied a number of other products involved in the structural side including timber for concrete formwork and other custom timber products to help make this exciting project a reality.

View videos:

http://www.clydequaywharf.co.nz/video/

http://www.storybox.co.nz/2013/clyde-quay/

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The Tuhoe Building

Te Wharehou o Tūhoe, the new Tūhoe headquarters in Taneatua, near Whakatane, has been designed to have no environmental impact, be integrated into its surrounding landscape and to give back to the world around it.

One of New Zealand’s most advanced sustainable buildings, Te Uru Taumatua (The Tuhoe Building) used specialised Kingfisher SG8™ products with our new CQ H3.2 treatment which is chrome and arsenic free.

This is an innovative new treatment system that is free of chrome andarsenic and offers superior durability to other dry treatment processes. Chosen for its structural properties, visual appearance and sustainability the Kingfisher SG8™ is proving to be a top performer in its field.

This extraordinary project for the Tuhoe iwi’s new $15 million headquarters near Whakatane, was built to comply with Living Building Institutes ‘Living Building’ stringent criteria. A restorative building, the headquarters will not only reduce its impact on its local surroundings, it will actually give back. Requiring a building that is triple net zero (water, waste and energy), and whose built elements adhere to strict toxicity parameters, the Living Building Challenge is formidable.

The custom produced Kingfisher SG8™ were installed as part of the solar panel structure that covers the entire roof generating enough power to sell the excess to the grid.

Tūhoe Chairman Tamati Kruger said the decision to build the iwi’s new headquarters to such tough environmental standards reflects the environmental values of the Tūhoe people. “Though the cost may be higher initially, over the years the building will more than pay for itself. We hope it’s something that all the people of the Whakatane district will be proud of and will use as their own.”

‘This building is a lighthouse in a world awash with climate change and social inequality, it shows the way to a different future, where we value people and a healthy environment which supports life and the economy, not one at the expense of the other” says Jerome Partington, Jasmax Architects.

Please click here for more Kingfisher SG8™ detail or enquire today.

Image copyright: http://www.waikatoindependent.co.nz/2014/03/sustainability-the-cornerstone-for-new-tuhoe-headquarters/16825/

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Sir Charles Flemming, Ryman Healthcare, Waikanae

Ryman Healthcare’s 26th village – Charles Flemming in Waikanae is still in construction at the time of writing this article. This $100m in Parata St, Waikanaw is named after former Nga Manu Nature Reserve trustee and renowned naturalist Charles Flemming.

The resort-style facilities will include an all-weather bowling green and a village centre with a heated indoor swimming pool and spa, gymnasium, internal atrium, beauty and hairdressing salon, library and internet services, dining room, bar, lounges, shop and even a movie theatre!

Ryman is one of New Zealand’s largest public companies with a market capitalisation of more than $3 billion, 7000 residents, 25 villages and 3500 staff.

Quality Kakapo Clears Radiata Pine products from ATS Timber were once again chosen for use in the unique decorative pergola designs that grade Ryman retirement villages around the country. H3.2 Dry Kakapo Clears in a range of sizes supplied square dressed was beautifully finished on-site with the rafters each with their shaped ends. This timber was chosen for its premium finish (knot-free) and stability being a kiln dried product

All painted white, the timber work on the exterior is a stunning focal point that stands out against the 3 storey brick building and an excellent area for the elderly residents to pass their time away in the sunshine.

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Architectural Home, Mangawhai Heads

This beautiful architectural home is situated in a private, gated community in Northland’s, Mangawhai. Featuring two main structures, joined and surrounded on three sides with large decks, with a stunning view to the coastline. The couple were personally involved extensively on not only the design but also the build of the home. A far cry from the cramped urban living the couple were used to in their home town of Wellington.

Wanting an exceptional residence, there was no expenses spared it seems. Recycled Oak from Europe that was 100’s of years old was imported to create an incredible set of doors for the front entryway. The Queenstown style of design with the two detached buildings meant the use of exposed timber was a very important feature.

Exposed ceilings throughout with hand made feature trusses, all painted in white complements the design style very well. Kingfisher SG8 Pine timber was chosen with a custom band sawn face finish on all faces for the structural truss timbers. These protrude out to the sofit edge giving the property a great look from the outside.

Kakapo Radiata Pine Clears TGV was chosen to clad the complete roof structure including internal exposed ceilings and exterior sofits. This sarking was also painted white to achieve a mix of the traditional timber look with light modern finish that makes it have a very roomy feel.

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Eastbourne Toilets Wins Exterior Innovation Category

The site was occupied by an existing two storey structural unsound concrete and timber frame toilet block and under used soccer club above which was demolished.

The new toilet block in Eastbourne is located in an active precinct incorporating the local pool, yacht club, scout hall, playing fields, wharf, library and village.

The brief from Hutt City Council was to construct an economic new toilet block utilising the pre-fabricated toilet system by Exeloo. The new structure also needed to encapsulate an existing concrete pump room.
The concept was to wrap the pump room and the Exeloo units within a simple, light weight timber structure utilising a series of laminated timber portals supporting the roof and Saligna timber batten screen. The timber portals are separated out from the building to offer a legible structure overlaid with the carefully setout timber screen battens.
Above the battens pull back to reveal a lantern top which illuminates the structure at night, and appears as a lantern. The timber screen will eventually weather with effects of wind, rain and sea, enhancing this small structure.

See Bevan & Slessor architects website for more info and images

Also see NZ Wood website for article in relation to the Timber Design Awards