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Communal build-to-rent models a key to the housing crisis 

Rent-based housing models and carbon-neutral skyscrapers are among the projects of almost 100 UNSW Masters of Architecture students which went on show. Source: Timberbiz As “Generation Rent” are forced out of the housing market, a UNSW Masters of Architecture student has d
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Victorian timber shortage will add costs

Wood suppliers are warning the lack of product has hit statewide and will delay thousands of building projects in the coming months as the crisis worsens. Source: The Herald Sun Fresh fruit, food, beer and other household goods will also be hit because of added costs for timber crates
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Director sought for National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life

The National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life was created to ensure Australian design guides and standards remain world class in light of climate change, new engineered timbers and changes in building design. Source: Timberbiz Its researchers have also been tasked with dev
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Innovation House 2.0 for Townsville

Innovation House 2.0 in Townsville is a smart home in the making. It sets out to challenge the ‘how it’s always been done’ mindset by presenting future home owners with better solutions. Source: Timberbiz They relate to smart technology, design, health, products, ene
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Super union merger

The Fair Work Commission will conduct a hearing in early February to decide if the national construction and maritime unions can merge, giving the federal government little time to block the new super union. Source: The Sydney Morning Herald Fair Work Commission deputy president Val G
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Mitsui buys Kangaroo Island woodchips

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers (KIPT) has signed a woodchip sale and purchase agreement with international commodities trader Mitsui. Source: Timberbiz This five-year agreement establishes key terms under which the bluegum timber resource on Kangaroo Island will be monetised. An a
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Record low rates to continue into 2018

Australia will kick off 2018 with ultra-low interest rates following this week’s decision from the RBA. Source: Timberbiz “The RBA’s official cash rate has been held at 1.50 per cent since August 2016. We are close to marking the longest ever period without a change in interest
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ARC of the future

The recently launched ARC Future Timber Hub (Australian Research Council) is Australia’s leading timber research collaboration, bringing together experts from industry, government and academia. Source: Timberbiz It was founded as an interdisciplinary partnership between Hyne Tim
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Affordable housing from CLT in Campbelltown

An affordable housing development made from cross-laminated timber (CLT) has opened in Campbelltown, making it the largest residential engineered timber building in Australia and the first in NSW, according to community housing provider BlueCHP. Source: The Fifth Estate The developmen
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Timber centre for Maryborough

Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders has proposed a new timber centre to help skill up workers for the region’s timber industry. Source: Fraser Coast Chronicle The centre, which would be a joint project between the State Government and private timber enterprises, would help teach worke
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