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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.

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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



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.

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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.

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Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Pukemiro, Kaitaia

An innovative and sustainable design and build of a Kura Kaupapa Maori school in Kaitaia catering for 180 students in  years 1 – 13. The kura has 4 main teaching spaces each with 2 break-out spaces plus shared wet area break-outs grouped around a central courtyard. The courtyard also serves as the formal entry across the atea which leads to the front of the Wharenui (hall). Connected teaching spaces include spaces for library facilities and teaching of science & technology. The kura itself also includes a commercial kitchen, gymnasium, a whare-kai as well as administration and staff areas.

The kura was completed in March 2013 and received a Property Council Award of Excellence. It as also built to a five-star built rating against the Green Star NZ Education Building Rating Tool.

ATS Timber became involved working closely with our Approved Reseller to provide a range of FSC Certified Kingfisher SG8 H3.2CQ Dry timbers for this project.

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College of Creative Arts, Massey University – Engineering Excellence & Commercial Architectural Excellence

The overall winner of the Engineering Excellence and Highly Commended for Commercial Architectural Excellence in the NZ Wood Timber Design Awards 2012 was designed by Athfield Architects and Dunning Thornton Consultants.

Extensive use of ATS Timber Weka SG8™ Wet Radiata Pine timber custom produced as a partially dry product was used in conjunction with LVL in pre-fabricated roof structure. The structural systems includes several world-leading technologies and ATS Timber Ltd is pleased to provide quality structural timber solutions on this impressive project in conjunction with a local Approved Reseller supplying Arrow International.

Opened 22nd June 2012, the building’s advanced seismic engineering will make it one of the most resilient buildings in the city. It is the first in the world to use a post-tensioned timber seismic frame, which flexes like a push-puppet toy during earthquakes. In production testing, the key structural features of the building were found to withstand ground shaking and acceleration greater than that experienced in the Christchurch February 2011 earthquake.

Massey University Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey says the building represents a bold investment by the University in the future of New Zealand. “New Zealand needs to embrace design, creativity and innovation because that’s what this century is all about. Massey’s investment in this building is about ensuring we continue to produce world-leading designers who are not only creative but entrepreneurial, business savvy and globally connected. In particular, this building will help us attract top international postgraduate students in line with the government’s vision for tertiary education.” The final cost of the building is expected to be under its $20 million budget.

The building was designed in a series of discrete components, which allowed for prefabrication and quicker erection on site. It also means that the interfaces between connections are able to “rock” open and closed as the frame sways in an earthquake, before springing back into it’s original position.

Supported by the timber frame are innovative, prefabricated LVL /precast concrete composite floors. This combination is notably lighter than a tradition system and uses the two materials to their strengths.

Weka SG8 products were used as cross members to LVL beams that made up the roof and floor structures that were prefabricated on site and then lifted into place.


Supreme House of the Year 2010 Winner

The winner of the New Homes over $2 million category and Pink Batts Ultra Energy Efficient Award is Lindesay Constructions second Supreme winner in three years. The owners wanted a sustainable, energy efficient, environmentally friendly home with natural tones and textures and a life expectancy equal to that of the original kauri homestead, moved to another site.

The council wanted a treated radiata frame and the owners, who had been living abroad during the early years of New Zealand’s leaky home nightmare, where strongly adverse to chemicaally treated wood. The protracted, frustrating process of convincing the council to allow a frame of untreated heart-grade Lawson Cypress, grown in the central North Island and processed at ATS Timber in Levin, fell to the project manager Hamish Craig who worked with our technical support team to provide the proof and secure an amendment to the building consent to allow the timber to be used. Judges comment “In a year of exceptional craft and workmanship, this property simply blew the judges away.”

Summary of the project from Lindesay Constructions website:

“Coming down the driveway you know you’re arriving at a very special place”
– Panel Judge, Graham Anderson on the 2010 Registered Master Builders House of the Year Supreme Award winner.
The owners of the property approached Lindesay Construction to help realise a dream – an eco, energy-efficient home built with chemical-free timber, sensitive to the natural contours of the property and its 150 protected trees.
Lindesay Construction’s experience and commitment to working with delicate environments and unusual materials meant we were able to create just such a building.

This home was literally handcrafted from 13 varieties of untreated timber. With the doors open, the natural tones and textures of the house and decking seem to become part of the landscape. Between wings of the house is a tranquil “inner sanctum”. This open, but private space adds to the home’s sense of peace and airiness.
The home doesn’t just look like part of nature, it looks after it too. Built throughout with energy-efficiency in mind, the home is as well insulated as possible and the exterior  joinery features high specification double-glazed. A Heat Recovery Ventilation system also helps maintain air quality and an advanced automation system manages the lighting and other electrical systems throughout the house.

Site Manager, Hamish Craig worked tirelessly to bring his clients’ vision to life. Every plank of wood was sourced from Mills that could provide Verified Legal Origin and are monitored by sustainability accreditation authorities like the Forest Stewardship Council. Sourcing the timber was one thing. It then took months to convince the council that it would stand the test of time.

The judges said the property’s craftsmanship and attention-to-detail blew them away, with its “symphony of rich textures and tones, providing a warm living environment”. The craftsmanship of the stonework in the home’s powder room was of a level they’d not seen before and that overall the house boasted “superb detailing and quality – rarely seen and experienced”

Hamish and his team says the real award is seeing the completed home and knowing their client got just about everything on their wish list.