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NMIT shows Leadership in Use of Wood in Construction

The new Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) Arts and Media building in Nelson is attracting international interest based on its design and widespread use of locally processed NZ Radiata pine.

The multi-storey building is considered a world-first for its innovative use of wood in the entire structure. Whilst traditionally muti-storey buildings have been the preserve of steel and concrete construction materials, this project proves that wood is more than capable of providing a cost-effective, strong and long-lasting construction alternative. In addition, wood has a much lower carbon footprint than concrete and steel and has excellent thermal qualities.

The building also incorporates a new generation of earthquake-resistant engineering technology which uses pairs of rocking timber walls joined with specially designed energy dissipaters. This will significantly improve the safety of the building during earthquakes.

In addition, the large laminated veneer lumber (LVL) beams used for primary support will be more fire resistant than steel beams.

To take a look at the construction progress take a look at the webcam.

If you would like to learn more about how "wood can be used for a better world", go to www.nzwood.co.nz