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A question for Buddy-
I haven't looked into it, but with the talk of "high-rise" timber construction, isn't there still a concern of timber shrinkage even with manufactured/engineered lumber?

On Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 1:37 PM, AWC Info <Info(--nospam--at)> wrote:

Our friends to the north are even thinking of going to 30 stories in wood:




From: "Joe Venuti" <jovenengr(--nospam--at)>

To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>

Subject: RE: 10 story wood building




That was the article that Buddy posted on LinkedIn Group Structural Engineers USA site. 


Joe Venuti,  P.E.

Joven Engineering

La Quinta,  CA


-----Original Message-----

From: Conrad Harrison [mailto:sch.tectonic(--nospam--at)]

Sent: Thursday, March 03, 2011 8:26 PM

To: seaint(--nospam--at)

Subject: RE: 10 story wood building


Hi Joe,

Not aware of the project. Sounds like something to look into though, even if it is in Victoria. (theres a certain rivalry between SA and VIC.)


Our national residential timber framing code (AS1684) only goes to 2 storeys. The multi-residential code expands that to an amazing 3 storeys.




Found this newspaper article:




Doesn't say if they got council approval though. Imported technologies are all fine but can take several years of local testing before approval is

granted: and can prove compliance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

So any existing fire testing reports may not be acceptable. Newspapers often report projects which get stalled, then cancelled. So an interesting project to watch.


I will keep an eye on future issues of "Engineers Australia" magazine articles.



Conrad Harrison

B.Tech (mfg & mech), MIIE, gradTIEAust

David Topete, SE