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Multi-Residential
The basic premise behind MRTFC or Multi-Residential Timber Framed Construction is the utilisation of fire and sound-rated timber framed wall and floor systems to provide for vertical and horizontal separation between dwellings.

In North America, timber framed construction has been historically used in a wide range of multi-level commercial and residential buildings and has been an accepted construction process there for many years. MRTFC for multi-unit and multi-level residential construction was introduced into the BCA (Building Code of Australia) over 10 years ago following extensive testing, particularly with regards to fire ratings and studies of life safety. Continuing development, in the main by plasterboard and fibre cement manufacturers, produces new and improved constructions and materials.

Timber construction using new era materials including fire and sound rated plasterboards and termite protected timber can be used in a wide range of residential and commercial construction situations where quality construction and excellent fire and acoustic performance is required. Timber is readily available and prefabrication off site means that multi-units or commercial structures framed with timber can be completed in a shorter time and more cost-effectively than those framed with other non-timber materials.

The technology which has been developed for fire and sound rated walls and floors/ceilings provides for timber to be used in a wide range of construction types. For example, for superior acoustic performance in a detached residential house or for speedy construction in a 4-storey multi-residential development or where lightweight construction allows further stories to be added to an inner-city building.

Case Study: Couran Cove Resort
(PDF, 0.6 MB)
National Timber Development Council
This Case Study examines Couran Cove Resort, an outstanding example of the use of timber and timber based products in general, and in particular Multi-Residential Timber Framed Construction (MRTFC).
Case Study: Kensington Banks
(PDF, 0.4 MB)
Forest & Wood Products Australia
One of the largest multiresidential projects in recent years that utilises MRTFC technology is Kensington Banks, an extensive development situated on the historical site of the former Kensington Abattoirs and Commonwealth Army Depots in Melbourne.
Case Study: Mansion on Bourke
(PDF, 0.3 MB)
Forest & Wood Products Australia
The ex-retail building that was to become Mansion on Bourke, consisted of an existing four storey structure built with concrete, timber and steel. Three new levels were added using the MRTFC system.
Gaining Approval for MRTFC
(PDF, 0.1 MB)
FWPRDC
As a result of the release of the performance based Building Code of Australia in 1996 the limitations for MRTFC developments were expanded to increase the number of storeys, change the use (Class) of the structures and change the methods of construction. This document explores the impact of some of these changes.
Introduction to Multi-Residential Timber Framed Construction
(PDF, 0.1 MB)
National Timber Development Council
As a result of the release of the performance based Building Code of Australia in 1996 the limitations for MRTFC developments were expanded to increase the number of storeys, change the use (Class) of the structures and change the methods of construction. This document explores the impact of some of these changes.
MRTFC Class 2 & 3 Engineering Guide
(PDF, 0.9 MB)
FWPRDC
Class 2 and 3 timber framed buildings differ in their design considerations from Class 1 buildings in a number of aspects. These guideline notes and criteria have therefore been prepared to assist engineers in the structural design of these buildings.
MRTFC Design & Construction Manual - Class 1a
(PDF, 0.5 MB)
National Timber Development Council
MRTFC Design & Construction Manual - Class 2 & 3 buildings
(PDF, 1.1 MB)
National Timber Development Council
Timber Floors Acoustic Treatments
(PDF, 0.1 MB)
National Timber Development Council
Multi-Residential Timber Framed Construction is an innovative and time saving design and construction method, growing in popularity throughout Australia. This link provides technical data and case study bulletins of current projects.
MRTFC Information Bulletins
Forest & Wood Products Australia
The MRTFC section on timber.org.au provides documents to download which cover a number of issues related to MRTFC.
Multi-Residential Timber Framed Construction
Forest & Wood Products Australia
Multi-Residential Timber Framed Construction is an innovative and time saving design and construction method, growing in popularity throughout Australia. This link provides technical data and case study bulletins of current projects.
 
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