Mid-rise switch to tim­ber for im­proved qual­ity in­ter­nal fram­ing

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

THE RISE of tim­ber in Aus­tralia, both metaphor­i­cally and lit­er­ally, con­tin­ues to gain mo­men­tum as the build­ing in­dus­try ac­knowl­edges the en­vi­ron­men­tal, qual­ity, han­dling and cost ben­e­fits in mid-rise res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial con­struc­tion.

RGD Group, like Hyne Tim­ber, is an award win­ning, pri­vately owned suc­cess story, known for its in­tegrity, in­no­va­tion and high level ex­per­tise.

Noth­ing con­firms this more than their im­pres­sive and di­verse port­fo­lio of work over the last 35 years in­clud­ing com­mer­cial, re­tail, high, mid and low-rise res­i­den­tial, health care, aged care, ed­u­ca­tion, child­care and in­dus­trial projects.

As a com­pany not afraid of change for the bet­ter, their lat­est projects in Bris­bane and the Sun­shine Coast have seen the steel in­ter­nal fram­ing re­placed with Hyne Tim­ber T2 Blue, ter­mite re­sis­tant, fin­ger jointed fram­ing.

RGD Group Di­rec­tor Steve Hopes said the switch to tim­ber was re­al­is­ing many ben­e­fits but was pre­dom­i­nantly driven by qual­ity as­sur­ances for their clients,

“As a car­pen­ter orig­i­nally, I per­son­ally pre­fer work­ing with tim­ber and as a Di­rec­tor of large scale con­struc­tion projects I have to con­sider all op­tions to de­liver the best re­sult for the cus­tomer.

“I’ve worked with both tim­ber and steel and find tim­ber fram­ing pro­vides a stronger, cheaper and eas­ier to use build­ing ma­te­rial.

“Slam a door in steel frame and it seems flimsy whereas a tim­ber frame pro­vides a solid, qual­ity fin­ish, for ex­am­ple.

“The trades­men pre­fer it. In fact, they once asked to go back to steel, so we did. But then they im­me­di­ately wanted to change back to tim­ber which we have now used ever since.

“The fi­nal fit-out can all be nailed into tim­ber as op­posed to screwed so all the trades in­volved at that stage pre­fer work­ing with tim­ber also.

“It’s also cheaper mean­ing sav­ings from us­ing tim­ber can be redi­rected into other qual­ity fin­ish­ing’s,” Mr Hopes said.

With over 600 res­i­den­tial units ei­ther un­der way or planned all us­ing tim­ber in­ter­nal fram­ing, RGD Group is at the heart of the South East Queens­land ‘multi-res’ boom.

By us­ing tim­ber, they also use their own qual­i­fied car­pen­ters and plas­ter­ers, achiev­ing more qual­ity con­trol through­out the stages of con­struc­tion.

Peter Tre­gaskis, Hyne Tim­ber’s Cus­tomer Man­ager for Sun­shine Mitre 10 who sup­ply RGD Group, met with Steve Hopes at one of the Bris­bane job sites to gain fur­ther in­sight.

“As Steve, an in­dus­try ex­pert, said, the ac­tual han­dling, cost ef­fi­cien­cies and qual­ity ben­e­fits of us­ing tim­ber for their in­ter­nal struc­tures leaves me won­der­ing why oth­ers aren’t us­ing tim­ber also.

“Rus­sell Ma­her, the Com­mer­cial Sales Rep for Sun­shine Mitre 10, joined me on the visit to one of RGD Groups sites and we were both im­pressed with the fo­cus on us­ing tim­ber de­lib­er­ately and specif­i­cally to im­prove the qual­ity of the fin­ish.

“Maybe the sell­ing points of tim­ber in this type of con­struc­tion have been over­looked in the past, or the in­dus­try more broadly is shy of change for the bet­ter.

“Con­struc­tion com­pa­nies want­ing to know more about the use of fin­ger jointed, treated tim­ber in this kind of ap­pli­ca­tion, should con­tact a sup­plier of Hyne Tim­ber prod­ucts,” Mr Tre­gaskis said. Sup­pli­ers of Hyne Tim­ber can be found on their web­site at www.hyne.com.au.

In ad­di­tion to its world class soft­wood, sawmilling and treat­ment op­er­a­tions, Hyne Tim­ber spe­cialises in glue lam­i­nated (engineered) tim­ber for por­tal frame struc­tures, pro­vid­ing struc­tural tim­ber so­lu­tions and cus­tom de­sign fea­tures.

The en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits of us­ing sus­tain­ably grown, Aus­tralian plan­ta­tion pine should not be over­looked.

It’s re­new­able, waste ef­fi­cient, biodegrad­able, non-toxic while lock­ing away car­bon. Th­ese en­vi­ron­men­tal cre­den­tials help to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Hyne Tim­ber prides it­self on hav­ing no wasted tim­ber; all of the pro­cessed pine tree stems are used. The chips pro­duced from the saw­ing process are sold as fi­bre, the saw­dust is used in their own kilns and the bark ends up in pot­ting mix which is sold back to a plan­ta­tion nurs­ery to start the sus­tain­able cy­cle again.

Hyne Tim­ber is one of Aus­tralia’s largest, pri­vately owned tim­ber man­u­fac­tur­ers and a his­toric icon, now in its 134th year of busi­ness.

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