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The future of affordable medium rise housing

Increased density of housing in the middle suburbs surrounding city centres is becoming the strategy for growth in most Australian states. Source: Timberbiz

This increase in density can take many forms including medium rise housing of around five levels however, this type of construction can only occur if it is economically viable for a developer to undertake the project.

Prefabricated timber panel systems have become the preferred building method in residential construction projects by Australand Property Group, with a 57 apartment five storey building in Parkville completed in only 11 months.

This all-timber project will be a topic of discussion at the Australia 2014 Conference and Exhibition to be held at Park Hyatt Melbourne on 19 May titled ‘Prefabricated Timber and Engineered Wood in Construction’.

“In particular the light-weight prefabricated floor cassette system is a fast and safe method of structural floor erection that results in a significant reduction in construction programming, and lowers overall development costs,” Craig Muse, Australand’s development director – built form said.

“This method of construction takes full advantage of utilising domestic labour and materials, which in turn produces more cost effective building developments for large scale residential projects

“We achieve savings in the order of up to 25% when compared to concrete. This cost advantage will bring more medium rise, pre-fabricated timber apartment buildings to the suburbs and revitalise sites previously unviable, and can create affordable housing choice that middle Australia can afford to buy.”

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