Le Messurier launches cross laminated timber to the AU market
The construction of a 33 square metre, multi-storey display home at the Le Messurier head office in Port Adelaide is the first step in terms of introducing the cross laminated timber building system ‘Le Messurier OPTIM’ to the Australian market. With the first-to-market cross laminated timber solution in Australia, Le Messurier OPTIM will give the Australian design, architecture and building industry greater flexibility for multi-storey constructions, as well as higher environmental and sustainable attributes than that of traditional construction options currently adopted.
With the Australian Government’s focus on carbon and introduction of the carbon tax in 2013, Australian building practices will require a significant step change to achieve the energy efficient needs of the future.
Le Messurier OPTIM presents a low carbon, high performance building system that can substitute for concrete, steel and aluminium, all of which are very carbon intensive. Cross laminated timber is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 50% compared to these materials, commonly used in conventional multi-storey constructions.
Timber is the only major building material that is renewable and sustainable, and with Le Messurier OPTIM there is now a timber building solution available for medium to high density, multi-storey constructions. Since Le Messurier OPTIM is prefabricated, the system is precise, and provides a construction process proven to provide: faster completion, increased safety, less demand for skilled workers on site, less disruption to the community and less waste.
Over the coming months there will be a host of activities to announce the launch of Le Messurier OPTIM to the Australian market. “Cross laminated timber has been widely used in Europe and more recently in North America, and Le Messurier are very excited to bring this new building system to the Australian market” said Simon Angove, CEO of Le Messurier. “The importance of sustainable building practices and living, along with the Government focus on carbon reduction, make Le Messurier OPTIM an ideal choice for medium to high density, multi-storey constructions as land prices and the overall cost of living increases.”
A launch announcement and display home viewing took place at the Le Messurier Showroom at 82-94 Grand Trunkway, Port Adelaide on Thursday the 19th of April. The Le Messurier OPTIM display home will also be on display at DesignEX 2012, Australia’s largest design and architecture event from the 14th to the 16th of May at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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