Multi Residential Timber Framed Construction
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Multi Residential Timber Framed Construction (MRTFC) is an innovative and practical high performance construction system for domestic and commercial applications. It may be used in the construction of large multi-level developments, townhouses or villas, refurbishments, extra storey additions and more.
MRTFC uses lightweight timber for building frames and internal separating walls and floors. This gives many advantages over traditional masonry and concrete construction systems, as listed below.
MRTFC has been widely used in Europe and America for many years with excellent results. It is now used throughout Australia.
Cost SavingsMRTFC material and labour costs may be up to 30% lower than those of traditional masonry and concrete construction systems. MRTFC can also minimise transport, scaffolding, on-site waste and project management costs.
Speed of ConstructionMRTFC allows full use of carpentry services and eliminates all or most wet trades. This improves work flow, reduces down-time and speeds project completion. Faster construction lowers holding costs, reduces interest payments on investment loans and hastens property turnover.
Easier Services InstallationInstallation of electrical and plumbing services is far easier and quicker with MRTFC than with masonry.
Acoustic PerformanceMRTFC permits sound privacy in excess of Building Code of Australia requirements. It offers acoustic performances equal or superior to masonry or concrete.
Thermal EfficiencyThe MRTFC system can provide a thermal energy efficiency rating in excess of 4 stars (based on NatHERS, the Nationwide House Energy Rating Software).
Design FlexibilityMRTFC gives designers greater flexibility. Timber can easily be handled on site; architectural features can be incorporated cheaply and with ease. MRTFC is suited to a wide range of designs, locations and conditions—a major advantage over alternative systems.
Fire ResistanceMRTFC fire and sound-rated systems have been tested and certified in accordance with Australian Standard AS1530 Part 4. In addition, extensive fire modelling, risk assessment modelling and fire resistance research ensures that MRTFC systems meet and exceed Building Code of Australia requirements.
Versatility and InnovationMRTFC may use a huge range of construction and finishing materials. In particular, many different cladding products may be used to enhance aesthetics and add value to buildings. This design flexibility provides variety and individuality—a major feature of MRTFC. And active research and development is constantly improving MRTFC technology and techniques.
Low WeightTimber-based construction greatly reduces loads on footings and transfer slabs. This offers considerable cost savings.
Technical Assistance and AdviceState timber associations provide expert assistance to designers, architects and builders seeking approval for MRTFC projects. This includes detailed advice on material use and construction technology.
Environmentally FriendlyMRTFC uses the one truly renewable resource: timber. Up to 50% of dry wood is carbon, absorbed from the atmosphere by growing trees. The pine frame of a single house can lock several tonnes of carbon out of the atmosphere, a big help in reducing the effects of climate change.
A case study of Couran Cove Resort, a $150 million ecotourism development on South Stradbroke island, off Queensland's Gold Coast.
MRTFC Case Study: Kensington Banks PDF, 0.5 MB
A case study of Kensington Banks, an extensive medium density development on the historical Kensington site in Melbourne.
General MRTFC construction advice for designers and builders.
General MRTFC construction advice for plasterers.
Covers building practices required to construct a fire tested wall system using a plywood clad exterior layer and timber post framing. The required fire resistant level is 90/90/90 or –/90/90.
Advice for the selection of systems for inclusion in MRTFC projects.
Multi-Residential Timber Framed Construction PDF, 0.2 MB
An overview of the benefits of MRTFC construction.
Describes methods that can assist in achieving adequate sound insulation (sound transmission loss). Considers airborne sources (speech, loudspeakers, etc) and impact sources (footsteps, etc).