Icon Project: Sustainable in-fill development

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This innovative Icon Project, run in collaboration with the Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b), will investigate how to enhance the sustainability of urban in-fill developments in Australian cities, by introducing cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction technology for multi-storey residential buildings as an alternative to traditional approaches of urban densification. The research seeks to establish how the use of timber can promote environmentally beneficial construction systems, as well as the development of low carbon precincts that facilitate material waste reduction and recyclability. The outcomes of this work will include design testing and fire testing of prototypes to evaluate the required transformation of the Australian building/construction and development sectors. It also has the potential to transform the market and change the way we design and build inner-city infill urban developments in Australia.

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