James Fitzpatrick, an architect from Sydney, discussed what the latest generations have contributed to technology along with methods of building. According to the Fitzpatrick + Partners’ founder, there has been nothing notable since the 70s when it comes to the architectural landscape. Then out of nowhere, a technology and material has been developed to make a mark in today’s generation. This is responsible for the trend of timber flooring in Sydney and it is none other than engineered timber construction.
Fitzpatrick is responsible for authoring a number of buildings with cross laminated timber which includes his house. For the past decade, his firm has been dedicated in investing to support research that will explore more about the different engineered timber products. He is known to be a true advocate and promoter of using not just beautiful but also sustainable materials that mostly came from Europe.
Now we are moving to new territory as there are two manufacturing plants in Australia. The first one started construction this month and expected to make the country self-sufficient by next year when it is completed before 2019 ends. When Australia reaches this milestone, it will be called the Glue Laminated Revolution.
Hyne Timber is also making an investment with a leading GLT plant which is set to operate by the middle of the year. Katherine Fowden, the strategic relations manager of Hyne, said that on-shore demand is the reason why this revolution is coming to fruition. Add the fact that there is one more plan that is set to launch by XLam, a company based in Wodonga, which is a manufacturer of engineered timber panels. These two plants are a product of the rising local demand for timber products.
She added that there are more expansions to be expected along the way. The opening of these new on-shore plants are currently the centre of the attention of everyone in the construction business. all of these facilities will supply timber flooring in Sydney and the cost is also expected to down as there is no need to import these products from other countries.