The world’s tallest timber apartment building and the first Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) constructed building in Australia has unlocked a new era in the future of sustainable development.

Forté challenges current building practices in Australia by delivering a product that is better for peoples’ health and the environment. The first on-market 5 Star Green Star as-built residential building in the country, Forté’s 23 boutique apartments in Victoria Harbour, Melbourne tower over 10 storeys.

Key Initiatives:

  • First residential building in Australia to achieve on-market 5 Star Green Star as-built rating
  • Fully sold and occupied
  • The building not only stores approximately 700 tonnes of carbon in its structure but a further 700 tonnes of carbon has been prevented from being emitted into the atmosphere had the building been created using concrete and steel– the equivalent of removing 345 cars from our roads
  • Further environmental benefits of CLT include improved thermal performance with the building averaging a 7-star thermal performance rating and reduced greenhouse gas emissions and noise during construction due to the prefabricated nature of the building and speed of construction
  • The construction of Forté proved CLT could be used in the Australian market and has unlocked a new, more sustainable form of construction for the broader industry. If 2% of Australia’s homes were constructed from CLT each year it would equate to 19,174 cars off the road for a year
  • CLT can be recycled at the end of its life. Furthermore, there is zero waste in the CLT production process – all off-cuts, wood shavings and sawdust are used as biomass pellets and these generate CHP for KLH factories
  • The shift to green technologies and materials, such as CLT, is paving the way for the future of sustainable development that will enable the concept of ‘green’ to go beyond buildings to how we create liveable, sustainable communities and cities