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Sumitomo, NTT UD and Hines to develop net zero building in Melbourne

Sumitomo Forestry, NTT Urban Development Corporation and global real estate developer Hines announced that they will start efforts to construct a net zero carbon building in the inner-city suburb of Collingwood, Melbourne. Source: Timberbiz

It will be a large-scale wooden office constructed of a mix of reinforced concrete and timber with two basement floors and 15 stories above with all floors above the 6th floor to be made of wood.

This project is expected to be the tallest wooden office in Melbourne, Australia. Construction is scheduled to begin in December 2021 for completion in August 2023 and it will be a net zero carbon building.

Net zero carbon buildings are designed to save and create energy, and in combination with the use of renewable energy together with offsets from carbon credits, emit net zero CO2 (operational carbon) when the buildings are in use.

In addition to achieving Australia’s highest 6 Star Green Star environmental certification, the aim is to obtain net zero carbon certification based on Australia’s “Carbon Neutral Standard for Buildings.

About 4000m of wood will be used for the structural frame, fixing in place about 3000 tons of carbon.

This project will be implemented by Sumitomo Forestry’s wholly owned subsidiary Sumitomo Forestry Australia Pty Ltd., NTT Urban Development’s wholly owned subsidiary NTT UD Australia Pty Limited, and Hines’ subsidiary Hines Australia Pty Ltd.