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Forté Living is a 10-story apartment building made from cross-laminated timber (CLT). Standing at 32.2m it is the world tallest modern timber apartment building and highest made from CLT. It is also the first Australian building to be made from CLT.
The building comprises 759 CLT panels of European spruce, weighing a total of 485 tonnes. The spruce for the CLT panels were grown and harvested in Austria, the panels were manufactured then shipped to Australia in 25 shipping containers.
The building arrived like flat-pack furniture, including the 5,500 angle brackets and 34,550 screws required for erection.
Forté is predicted to positively affect the environment by directly storing (sequestering) 761 tonnes CO2. When considering the emitted CO2 that would occur if an equivalent concrete or steel buildings was used, the advantage would increase to 1,451 tonnes of CO2 or the equivalent of taking 345 cars off the road for a year.
Using timber is also estimated to save 7.7 ML of water and also lower eutrophication (the supply of excess nutrients to the water system) by 75%.
In addition, the smart design and efficient systems of the building could save residents an average of over $300 per year on energy and water bills. The building is targeting a 5 star green star As-Built rating.
Multi-Family (Apartments, Condos)
Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT)