WHY CLTP Tasmania
The Hermal Group is a diversified private company based in Victoria, Australia for over 70 years. The Group has operations in construction, timber wholesale, modular construction and the marine sector. The Chairman of the Hermal Group is the 7th generation in his lineage to operate in the timber industry.
The Hermal Group has invested in research and development methods to utilise sustainable grown plantation hardwood timbers, specifically the species Eucalyptus Nitens (Shining Gum) as a kiln dried timber in the manufacturing of engineered timber products. Concurrently, investment has been made in the identification of marketable opportunities for such products. To ensure that we only utilise environmentally sustainable plantation timber our resources from Forest Stewardship CouncilTM (FSC) accredited plantations. The FSCTM scheme is the highest globally accepted Forest Management Standard for renewable plantation timber.
The Project has strong local and State government support, the Tasmanian Government in an effort to promote employment and investment in the region, has offered to provide an initial loan of $30 Million, plus a further grant of $13 Million, to support the development of a new timber mill.
CLTP Tasmania will be the manufacturing entity for the Hermal Group, currently based in Wynyard, Tasmania. CLTP Tasmania will be utilising a new innovative approach to manufacturing juvenile plantation Eucalyptus Nitens into a high value structural mass timber elements/systems for the construction industry.
We are transforming the building and construction industry using renewable resources in the most adaptive and innovative ways. Our innovative proprietary technologies integrate with new industry construction processes, and we have completely reinvented plantation hardwood production practices whilst forging a new suite of construction solutions. We are the world leader in quality renewable plantation hardwood and hybrid engineered timber products. Our philosophy is to provide a plantation-to-project approach to mass timber construction. . We hold ourselves to the highest possible standards in all that we do and treat staff, suppliers and clients with respect and decency. The family values of the Hermal Group underpin the business of CLTP Tasmania.
The increasing use of timber in construction is not only resulting in construction benefits gained from building/constructing in a different way (speed, safety, prefabrication), it is also providing benefits to people in wider society, in particular those occupying a mass timber constructed building. Research into the effects of expressed timber – visible timber used inside the building as an aesthetic lining – suggests inhabitants have decreased stress and improved emotional wellbeing when occupying a timber building when compared to one made from more traditional materials. In addition, unlike other construction materials, timber buffers against short-term changes in humidity and temperature thus improving internal living conditions. Timber is the ultimate renewable!
Timber has many environmental credentials including lower embodied energy consumed in the transformation from a plantation resource into a robust and adaptable construction material. Timber is recognised in many ‘green rating systems’ and attracts points for its use in accredited projects. Timber is a carbon storage vessel, which support the reduction of C02 from the atmosphere and is leading the way to support climate change efforts. Timber is recyclable, reusable and Glue Laminated Timber beams and Cross Laminated Timber panels can be re-birthed (cradle-to-cradle) extending their life cycle. Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of timber validates that it is an excellent option for use in sustainable construction.
The use of mass timber products, such as Cross Laminated and Glue Laminated Timber, have several significant economic benefits in construction and for those residing within a timber building. Construction benefits include substantial advantages in construction speed due to the advantages of off-site manufacturing and on-site rapid construction. Forestry economics include the increasing use of plantation timber, revitalising a once declining industry sector. Whilst consumer economic benefits include more efficient ‘running costs’ (heating and cooling) for inhabitable mass timber constructed buildings. Indeed, reports indicate that rental income and leasing rates are higher for mass timber constructed real estate properties.