This course is specifically for building designers and architects wanting to upskill and learn the specific design requirements for constructing a mid-rise building in cross laminated timber (CLT).

Designing, documenting and detailing for CLT brings with it a layer of considerations that needs to be addressed. These include acoustic separation, fire separation, span distances and water tightness. While these considerations are common to most buildings, the approach is different with the use of CLT and important to get right. Documenting for successful compliance and detailing to achieve excellent build quality in this emerging construction method will be essential for designers wanting to undertake CLT mid-rise projects.

Existing knowledge in documenting building projects and proficiency in the software REVIT is required to be able to undertake the working drawings project during this course. Participants will work in a team environment using REVIT workshare to document an eight storey, sustainable mixed-use, predominantly residential building using CLT construction.  The teachers have delivered this course to final year students of the Advanced Diploma of Building Design since 2016 and have enlisted industry support from Wood Solutions, XLAM and Rothoblaas to ensure that the most current, relevant knowledge is delivered. Newly updated changes in the NCC that allow timber buildings to be built up to an effective height of 25 metres will be explained and implemented in the project.

This course is recommended for building designers and architects wanting to learn the technical requirements for CLT construction in a hand-on way. At the completion of the course, participants will have completed with their team a set of working drawings and a Revit model for a CLT mid-rise building including construction detailing.

Guest lecturers and reviewers will also assist the training by providing presentations and critiquing the draft and final working drawings to meet compliance and construction requirements.

Box Hill Institute were 2017 Finalists for the Victorian Sustainability Awards for their educational program for the emerging sustainable construction technology of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT).  



National Code 0008CLT01
Study Areas Building Design
Study Level Short Course

Dr Abdul Rauf – Architect - Lecturer – Teacher of Advanced Diploma Building Design (Architectural)

Dr Rauf is interested in sustainable design with a focus on energy consumption by buildings and the built environment. His PhD research at University of Melbourne involved the effects of material durability on life cycle embodied energy. Dr Rauf has been involved in design and documentation considerations for emerging technologies including CLT building detailing and BIM technologies for collaboration.

Dr Rauf is highly skilled in teaching drawing software skills including REVIT, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Sketchup and 3DS Max.

Susan Morris – Architect – Course Coordinator – Teacher of Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Susan Morris is passionate about sustainable building design and education. As a teacher, Susan equips her students with the skills and knowledge to design energy efficient, thermally comfortable environments with a low carbon footprint.

Susan was awarded an International Specialised Skills Institute Fellowship to research European sustainability regulations, thermal performance reform, Nearly Zero Energy Buildings and to investigate successful collaborative learning opportunities for students in the building trades and professions.

Susan’s skill areas include CLT design and documentation, Universal Design, Passive House methodology, materials selection for low embodied energy building and also teaching.

Susan was awarded ‘Teacher/Trainer of the Year’ at the 2017 Victorian Training Awards.

Guest lecturers

Guest lecturers and reviewers will also assist the training by providing presentations and critiquing the draft and final working drawings to meet compliance and construction requirements.

Participants will work in a team environment using REVIT workshare to document an eight storey, sustainable mixed-use, predominantly residential building using CLT construction.  The teachers have delivered this course to final year students of the Advanced Diploma of Building Design since 2016 and have enlisted industry support from Wood Solutions, XLAM and Rothoblaas to ensure that the most current, relevant knowledge is delivered. Newly updated changes in the NCC that allow timber buildings to be built up to an effective height of 25 metres will be explained and implemented in the project. The site of the project is in Box Hill and all relevant compliance issues will be explored.

Classes are held at Elgar Campus, Box Hill in Building E7 – the integrated learning hub.

Existing knowledge in documenting building projects and proficiency in the software REVIT is required to be able to undertake the working drawings project during this course.

Computers are provided in the classroom. However, to enable independent study outside of class time, participants should have access to a home computer with Revit software installed and an internet connection.

Architects and Building Designers

Last updated: December 18, 2018 03:51pm