Australian standards, durability win AFS certified timber award


A CONDITION by the client, architect and builder that the project met Australian standards and came with credentials for sustainability and legality of wood were key decision-makers in the selection of the winning Australian Certified Timber Award at the 18th annual Australian Timber Design Awards in Melbourne. Sponsored by Australian Forestry Standard Ltd, the coveted award went to the Charlotte Chapel project by NSW central coast builder Chris Graves from a design by SJH Planning & Design, Gosford. 
AFS-certified blackbutt timber also demonstrated the need for the building to be durable and bushfire resistant. 
More than 350 architects, builders and forest products industry leaders attended the awards presentation at the Melbourne Museum on October 25. 
Winners in 23 categories were announced by award-winning Brisbane journalist Tracey Spicer. Award judges were Professor Emad Gad, Dean, School of Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology; Greg Nolan, Associate Professor at the University of Tasmania's School of Architecture and Design; Professor Ron Wakefield, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, International and Head of School of Property, Construction and Project Management, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; Scott Verdouw, director of JAWS Architecture and winner of the 2016 Australian Timber Design Awards. 
Finalists in the award were Aquas Perma Solar Firma and North Bondi Residence by CplusC Architectural Workshop. Australian Forestry Standard is the Australian member of PEFC, the world’s largest certification system for sustainable forest management. The AFS brand provides reassurance for architects, specifiers, consumers and society.


• Jim Bowden representing Australian Forestry Standard (right) presents the Australian Certified Timber Award to builder Chris Graves for Charlotte Chapel.