Planet Ark News

Library's innovative timber design wins sustainability award

Date: 19-Sep-14
Author: Sara McGregor


Library at the Dock in Melbourne’s Docklands has won the Sustainability Award at the Australian Timber Design Awards. Planet Ark’s Make It Wood campaign sponsored the award for the first time.

The Australian Timber Design Awards is a national competition to promote and encourage outstanding timber design in both residential and commercial applications. The winners were announced at the annual dinner held at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney last night.

Library at the Dock is constructed primarily from Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and recycled hardwood and is Australia’s first six-star green star as built building under the public buildings rating tool from Green Building Council Australia.

Some internal ironbark columns and beams are reclaimed from a bridge in Queensland, while the external promenade decking is constructed from locally-sourced recycled hardwood.

Certified wood has the unique ability to help tackle climate change by keeping carbon locked away in the wood structure rather than in the atmosphere. Importantly, Library at the Dock stores 250 tonnes of carbon in its wood structure. This is equivalent to absorbing the carbon emissions of 402 cars for a year.

Planet Ark’s sponsorship of the Sustainability Award complements the aims of Planet Ark’s ‘Make It Wood – Do Your World Some Good’ campaign, which highlights the environmental benefits of using responsibly sourced wood as a building material. For more information, visit at

  • Recycling Week
  • Business Recycling
  • recycling Near You
  • Make It Wood
  • Tree Day
  • Cartridges for Planet Ark