Save money. Save time. Save the environment. These are among the benefits of light timber-frame construction. So why has New Zealand — known for its have-a-go attitude — been so slow to embrace the technique for mid-rise buildings?
Four and five-storey apartment blocks with light timber frames are commonplace around the world, including in the UK, Canada and the US. Among the significant benefits touted are cost savings on structures of up to 20 per cent.
New Zealand is facing a housing crisis, but has shied away from using light-weight timber frames, despite their prolific use overseas, including on affordable mid-rise apartments and social housing units. We ask Calibre’s Sean Gardiner (New Zealand Structures Sector Leader) to tell us why.