The Responsible Specifier Vol 1. - ForestOne

ForestOne is committed to providing responsibly sourced premium materials to the Australian market. With an extensive and evolving product range, the company’s forward-thinking mindset and sustainability-focused philosophy strengthens its 140-year history, and today it is the largest independent distributor of plywood, timber, laminate and decorative surface materials in Australia.

The Responsible

Specifier Facing the Embodied Carbon Challenge

VOL 1 2023–2024

You design the extraordinary PerfectSense ® Feelwood lacquered boards

A Word From the Managing Director I’ve been fortunate to watch ForestOne grow into an Australian leader for the supply of design-leading, sustainably sourced surfaces for the architectural and interior design industry. Our partnerships with innovative global brands – including EGGER, MEGANITE® and SELEX – have enabled sustainably designed residential and commercial projects across the country. We’re delighted to showcase some of these projects throughout the pages of this volume and hope you find them as inspiring as we do. For full details of the ForestOne range, turn to the Product Index on page 105.

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With the product innovation PerfectSense Feelwood lacquered boards , we raise the look and feel of wood-based materials to a new level, and you inspire your customers. The innovation combines a matt , velvety-warm lacquer finish with synchronised textures and anti-fingerprint property on a sustainable wood-based coreboard. Shown in the photo: PerfectSense Feelwood lacquered board in U999 TM28 Black » Everything about the product innovation at:

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80 The EGGER Decorative Collection 83 GreenTec Laminate Flooring by EGGER 84 Mainau Birch Panel by EGGER 85 Black PerfectSense® Feelwood Panel by EGGER 86 Acrylic Solid Surface by MEGANITE® 87 Group 1 Fire-Rated Materials by ForestOne Products


Making Sustainable Design Choices Easier Facing Embodied Carbon with Responsible Specification An Elegant Showroom Design with Reduced Carbon Intensity

42 McMahons Point Apartment by AlphaMade 46 Nudie Jeans Repair Store by X+O and Nudie Jeans 50 NAB Melbourne by Hassell 54 Centre for Adult Education by



Individual Design and Construction

56 Denham Court House by Jelena Matic Interiors 60 New Farm State School by COBiE Group 62 Fourth Ave by Interior Concepts 64 Workrooms Broadbeach by Gray Puksand 68 Dexus Speculative Suite by Bearspace 70 Parkwood Tavern by Cayas + Ward 74 End-of-Trip Facilities by Gray Puksand

20 Sustainable Building Starts with Specifying Responsibly 22 EGGER Low Carbon Wood-Based Décor 24 MEGANITE® High-Performance Solid Surface 26 DESIGNER SOLUTIONS™ Versatile Panel Products Philosophy 30 Responsible Materials on Show in Melbourne 34 Doing Business Responsibly Around Australia 39 Getting More From Wood with EGGER Places

People 90 Meet the Specification Teams

Partners 96 2022–2023 Responsible Specifiers 100 The Responsible Specifier of The Year Product Index 106 EGGER Product Specifications 112 MEGANITE® Product Specifications 116 DESIGNER SOLUTIONS™ Product Specifications 121 Non-Decorative Building Products

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The embodied carbon challenge is the one of the most significant factors facing the design and construction industries in the 21st century. At ForestOne we’re devoted to developing and supplying innovative solutions to this challenge, but equally we rely on industry colleagues like The Footprint Company to share the tools and data we need to make the most informed decisions. On the following pages, we invite the company’s founder, Dr Caroline Noller, to share her view on alternative design approaches in a commercial setting.


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Making Sustainable Design Choices Easier

Words Millie Thwaites Photography Tanika Blair, Brock Beazley and Dave Kulesza

ForestOne is committed to providing responsibly sourced premium materials to the Australian market. With an extensive and evolving product range, the company’s forward-thinking mindset and sustainability-focused philosophy strengthens its 140-year history, and today it is the largest independent distributor of plywood, timber, laminate and decorative surface materials in Australia.

The ForestOne range has grown significantly from humble beginnings. Initially renowned for timber and commodi- ty-based products it now boasts a combination of practical building materials alongside an amazing array of beautiful on-trend decorative surface solutions that are available Australia-wide. Its evolution has seen the coming together of four iconic companies – Gunnersen, Australian Forest Products, Crown Timber and ForestOne International. The cornerstone is an extensive, responsibly sourced product range; its diversity and quality demonstrate the compa- ny’s passion for innovation alongside a vision for a more eco-conscious built environment. The company is extremely proud to bring a broad range of decorative products to the Australian market. Headlined by globally recognised brands EGGER and MEGANITE®, the business’ positioning is clear with quality, innovation and sustainability at the forefront of its value

proposition. Alongside the iconic DESIGNER PLY® wall and ceiling panels and other ForestOne distributed brands the astute customer will start to see a formidable portfolio of products taking the domestic and commercial decorative markets head on. DESIGNER PLY® sits within ForestOne’s decorative range of plywood. The range consists of species that show- case the beauty that comes from its varied features and tones which can add a natural aesthetic to desired designs. The core range of building products includes an extensive range of both structural and non-structural plywood (soft- wood and hardwood), interior and exterior claddings, MDF, Particleboard and more. ForestOne also specialise in a wide range of sustainable timber products that include Cypress, treated pine, solid softwood and hardwood and laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL).

EGGER’s Natural Kendal Oak lends a contemporary feel to the joinery throughout Workrooms Broadbeach, further enlivened by benchtops in MEGANITE® Verde Terrazzo.

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These pillars ensure ForestOne’s mission remains at the forefront of its holistic approach to supply and specifica- tion. Together, the pillars address the company’s output on both micro and macro levels – from showroom loca- tions and trade promotions to finding the best ways to address the demand for ForestOne’s products and its overarching identity. With the need for environmental and social conscious- ness in design and construction, ForestOne’s enduring mission seems more significant than ever. There is an appetite for materials and building solutions that represent a responsible and informed choice, and ForestOne is well positioned to deliver.

ForestOne sees responsible material specification as a key element of sustainable design and construction. Specifiers may minimise their environmental impact by reducing reliance on natural resources, using reclaimed and recyclable materials, avoiding materials with high embodied carbon or simply by creating less waste. As such, ForestOne sources and distributes products that display environmental, social and financial sustainability, equipping architects and designers with the information and materials they require to source and Specify Responsibly. There are six pillars that support ForestOne’s goal to encourage sustainability in design and construction; Phi- losophy, Places, Projects, Products, People and Partners.

In Paradise Waters, Darren James Interiors specified EGGER Brown Tossini Elm.


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ForestOne Representative Darryl Ball Styling Zephyr + Stone

The Footprint Company develops tools and data to help climate-active businesses deliver net zero carbon projects. Here, The Footprint Company founder Dr Caroline Noller offers three key pathways architects, designers and specifiers have in their control to effect change on a meaningful level.

The Scale of the Problem

The construction of buildings makes up to 40 per cent of annual global carbon emissions 1 . After decades of mes- saging that has focused on energy efficiency and convert- ing to electric cars, this figure surprises many people. But the energy that goes into manufacturing and transporting products like concrete, steel, plaster and ceramic tiles is enormous. A principal reason that construction makes up such a large proportion of emissions is our desire for new built infrastructure, including internal space design. While something like a road may have a practical design life of 40 years or more, our interior spaces cycle through many more refits than a building overall. Retail and office spaces have a high turnover of refits owing to their lease lengths – five-to-10 years – and the need to keep pace to meet changing customer trends. The upfront carbon intensity of a typical A-grade office fitout in Australia is about 1,700kg CO 2 -e/m 2 NFA, excluding make-good. A non-food retail tenancy is about 800kg CO 2 -e/m 2 GFA, excluding services. Of these figures, about 36–40 per cent is associated with floors,

walls, built-in joinery and furniture, including work stations, benches, lockers, etc 2 . ‘Upfront’ in this context incorpo- rates A1–A5 cradle to doors open. The difference between an 'average' business- as-usual upfront carbon performance, and one that is Paris 1.5C consistent – that is, one that has applied circular economy design principles to maximum extent – is gen- erally 40 per cent. Circular economy principles include adapting and repurposing, reducing or dematerialising through design efficiency or alternative design, recycling or recycled content materials and low- or no-carbon footprint materials. Beyond the obvious opportunity to design all fit-outs to be effectively repurposed with little effort, I encour- age readers to consider other strategies and the scale of reduction you can personally direct. Three of the key pathways architects, designers and specifiers have in their control to effect change are dematerialising through alternative design and recycling, within the context of recycled content of materials.

In the Hettich showroom, EGGER’s Eurodekor® Tobacco Pacific Walnut adds elegant warmth to joinery, complemented by GreenTec Laminate Flooring in Chromix Silver.

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Pathways to Carbon Reduction

1. Adaptive Re-use Designing to adaptively re-use existing fit-out elements and materials is consistently a triple-bottom-line winner. Where done well, solutions save time, carbon and money – the trifecta. We typically see carbon reduction of 20–25 per cent when designers adapt ceilings, floors and workstations. With more than one million tonnes of waste from office strip-outs going to landfill each year 3 , re-using these materials also has the positive effect of reducing landfill. Investa Property Group and Grosvenor Place have seen the benefits of this strategy within the context of their net zero carbon journeys for a number of “spec” fit-outs. These are leasing agent-approved, provid- ing proof that “repurposed” does not have to be “lesser”. 2. Low Carbon and Dematerialised Design Alternatives A key advantage of measuring the upfront carbon impact of a design in accordance with cost management practices is the connection of carbon impact to the design element. Understanding the upfront carbon intensity of a design element – for example a partition wall – and how it compares across different versions of the same functional performance is critical to effect 'dematerialised' design. We see the challenge of plasterboard walls as an 'elephant in the room' issue for all fit-out types, whether it is with steel framing, set plasterboard or insulation. Plasterboard walls in the way we specify and build them is a one-way process to waste – there is no design for deconstruction or re-use. I am interested to see the potential of Eurolight® as a possible alternative to plasterboard walls. These panels are designed to eliminate waste by connecting together without glue to enable adaption, minus waste, for future layout churn. The upfront carbon intensity of 1m 2 of Eurolight® is about 39 per cent lower than a traditional wall. With internal walls comprising up to 20 per cent of a typical office fit-out, the overall impact to total upfront carbon is significant. 3. Recycled Content and Low Carbon Supply The third pathway to carbon reduction is considering recycled content materials with low carbon production sources. As mentioned, built-in-joinery, fittings and furniture are a significant contributor to interior fit-outs globally. If nothing else, seeking supply options with high recycled content is a relatively easy win for proj- ects. EGGER panel products have up to 65 per cent recycled content, which has the effect of reducing carbon intensity by 39–60 per cent depending on the product and its application. The Hettich Showroom case study on the following pages highlights the benefit of these products in a recent example. Accepting that built-in joinery and furniture is a key design feature of most projects, pursuing the recycled content pathway is an easy way of tackling carbon without challenging the design vernacular or brief requirements. Embodied carbon is the next big problem we need to tackle, and urgently, if we’re to have a hope of staying below 1.5°C global warming. For designers and interior architects, the urgency of this message can be over- whelming in the face of day-to-day client needs – but tackling one or two of the suggestions outlined has the potential to make an impact on the cuts we need to see. Over the past 20 years of developing FootprintCalculator™ and GreenBook™ I have been pleased to see more and more carbon-light options coming onto the market. Companies like ForestOne, and the prod- ucts they distribute, give the specifier new options so they can play their part in solving the climate crisis.

[1] Delivering on the climate emergency, [2] Benchmark from FootprintCalculator™ form same of over 4,000 fitout assessments, [3] Sustainable Strip-outs – Recycle Office Fitout Furniture, Lower Cost Defits – Sustainable approach to Strip-outs Melbourne – Making Good to Do Good


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An Elegant Showroom Design with Reduced Carbon Intensity

ForestOne Representative Darryl Ball Words Brett Winchester Styling Zephyr + Stone

In Hettich’s new South Melbourne showroom, Zephyr + Stone employs a carefully considered palette of sustainable and hard-wearing materials to bring Hettich’s range of hardware to life. EGGER’s GreenTec Flooring in Chromix Silver and Eurodekor Tobacco Pacific Walnut were specified to create a space suited to the contemporary context while reducing embodied carbon in the project.

Stacking Up

A comparison of embodied carbon levels in popular flooring and joinery products, supplied by The Footprint Company.

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Zephyr + Stone designers Ania Forster and Kasia Clarke sought to specify joinery that typifies the type of home or workspace in which Hettich products might be employed. “We endeavoured to include a large range of hardware and storage solutions to allow showroom visitors to experience the endless possibilities,” says Ania. “As part of the design, we positioned key cabinetry components to maximise natural light and flow through the space.” With its classic colouring, dark inclusions and soft knots, the Tobacco Pacific Walnut wood décor bounces off the chosen flooring to add a timeless and sophisticated flair to the showroom. “It also ensures a warm and welcoming aesthetic,” adds Ania. With a commitment to reducing embodied carbon emissions in the manufacturing of its products, EGGER also proved a natural complement to Hettich’s focus on sustainable responsibility. As The Footprint Company’s Dr Caroline Noller noted on the previous pages, EGGER panel products have up to 65 per cent recycled content, which has the effect of reducing carbon intensity by 39–60 per cent depending on the product and its application. In specifying Eurodekor® for the Hettich showroom, carbon emissions associated with the joinery and cabinetry were

minimised to 17kg CO 2 -e/m 2 for MDF with timber veneer and 37.8kg CO 2 -e/m 2 for 2 , compared to 27kg CO 2 -e/m virgin hardwood with varnish. GreenTec Flooring also supports lower carbon emissions per square metre, with only 53kg CO 2 -e/m 2 for the GreenTec Pro Design Timber Laminate direct stick floor product that was used. This equates to almost half the volume emitted by ceramic tiles (101kg CO 2 -e/m 2 ) and is also less than the embod- ied carbon emissions of engineered timber floorboards (54kg CO 2 -e/m 2 ) (see graphs opposite for the comparison). Encompassing classic lines, a timeless and sophisti- cated colour palette and EGGER joinery, the new Hettich showroom offers a place in which clients are supported in planning their ideal spaces. The inclusion of a designated meeting space with ample natural light encourages archi- tects, designers, developers and builders to meet with cli- ents, while flexible and mobile storage solutions allow the floor space to be transformed for meetings and events. Importantly, this inspiring showroom also demonstrates that elegant aesthetics can happily coexist with a reduc- tion in embodied carbon when a project is approached with care and a responsible spirit.

A . 7.5mm GreenTec Pro Design Floating Timber Laminate Floor, B. 7.5mm GreenTec Pro Design Timber Laminate Floor direct stick, C. 3mm Vinyl sheet direct stick, D. 12mm engineered timber floor boards on 12mm HMR Plywood, E . 12mm ceramic tile direct stick with epoxy glue (no cement bed) A B C D E

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A. 25mm Eurodekor®, B. 25mm MDF with timber veneer face both sides, C. 25mm HMR with timber veneer face both sides, D. 25mm Virgin Hardwood with Varnish finish both sides

[1] 12 mm ceramic tiles (on a 20mm mortar bed). [2] 12mm engineered timber floorboards. [3] 25mm MDF with timber veneer face both side, 425mm Virgin Hardwood with Varnish finish both sides.


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01 — Philosophy

ForestOne was rebranded in 2019 with a clear vision to empower architects and designers to specify more responsibly. Our mission is two-fold: we are proud to bring the most innovative new building materials to the Australian market, and we also support specifiers by providing comprehensive information, advice and educational tools. On the following pages, you’ll learn more about the philosophy and commitment that underpins the ForestOne business, as well as the ethos behind our pillar brands, EGGER, MEGANITE and DESIGNER SOLUTIONS.


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Sustainable Building Starts with Specifying Responsibly

Photography Cieran Murphy

The construction of residential and commercial buildings and other infrastructure has a significant impact on people and the environment. At ForestOne, we support architects and designers to make a responsible choice with a range of high-quality products, making a lesser impact on the environment.

The built environment requires the use of land, materials and energy, which in turn leads to greenhouse gas emis- sions and the production of other waste. In fact, emissions from the building sector hit their highest-ever level in 2019 1 . Beyond that, there is also the human impact. Build- ings themselves may be harmful to human health through poor design or the use of toxic building materials. It is our obligation to make responsible choices and contribute to the sustainability of our ecosystem. As there is no universal definition of “sustainability”, it is generally discussed in a specific way. Sustainability refers to processes and actions through which humankind avoids the depletion of natural resources to maintain an ecological balance. This concept also has a social and economic dimension, which includes respecting and pro- tecting social and economic equity, human and labour rights and human health and safety. Applying this idea to building and construction, a sustainable building is an outcome of a design philosophy that focuses on increasing

the efficiency of resource use, while also reducing build- ing impacts on human health and the environment during the building’s lifecycle 2 . Therefore, it is industry’s access to ethically sourced building materials that enables responsible specification in architecture, leading to more sustainable building outcomes. While we often focus on aesthetics, performance and cost when designing and constructing buildings, beautiful designs do not need to come at a cost to the earth. Specifying Responsibly means architects, design- ers and project specifiers can reduce the environmental impact of building through careful material selection. They can also make informed decisions that contribute to the health and wellbeing of all stakeholders in the supply chain. As ForestOne is the largest independent distribu- tor of plywood, timber and decorative surface products in Australia, we have a strong focus on providing products to allow architects and designers to Specify Responsibly.

[1] UN Environment Programme. [2] The Global Development Research Centre Green Construction fact sheet.

EGGER’s Tobacco Pacific Walnut imparts warmth and sophistication in the Riverside Centre by Outline Design Office.


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EGGER Low Carbon Wood-Based Décor

Words Brett Winchester

Delivering products that promote ecological, economic and social responsibility, EGGER is quickly becoming a leading supplier in sustainable wood-based solutions. Valuing respect, quality and progress, EGGER’s innovative product portfolio of decorative building materials is progressing a more sustainable design and architecture industry.

Since 1961, EGGER has been driven by a passion for more sustainable solutions. With a responsibility to future gener- ations, EGGER offers a transparent service that discloses who they are, what they do and how they act for clients. Driven by the brand’s values of respect, quality and prog- ress, EGGER practises a closed loop production line with sustainable forestry, use of sawmill by-products, material production and processing, planning and application, recy- cling and renewable energy. Deepening the company’s practice of supplying the architecture and design industry, EGGER’s closed loop planning helps to deliver sustain- ably progressive materials for flooring, building products, decorative building products and products for furniture and interior design. Officially recognised with Forest Stewardship Certifi- cation (FSC®) and by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), EGGER ensures that all materials used are in line with its company ethos. “EGGER is committed to the UN 17 Sustainability Development Guide (SDGs),” explains John Dalla Via, ForestOne National Business Development Manager – Decorative. With a product portfolio that includes Eurodekor® Melamine Faced Chipboards, PerfectSense® lacquered boards, Lam- inates, Edging, Worktops and the flame-retardant Flammex, EGGER offers a comprehensive yet sustainable range of matching décors and textures available across a variety of substrates. By providing clients and specifiers with a trans- parent service, EGGER promotes the use of ecologically and economically responsible specification, while catering

to the latest trends. “A decorative range that gives [clients] a 100 per cent décor and surface match in multiple product options to bring the end project to life,” John adds. Produced in Europe, with sales offices worldwide, EGGER is truly a world leader in the supply of sustainably sourced architectural products. Enabling the cooperative relationship between clients and suppliers, EGGER works with specifiers to meet their clients' design requirements, “knowing that [the] latest decorative trends and technology are available to them and their customers,” says John. Not only does the company use the latest technology and pro- cesses to provide high-quality, durable products, EGGER is also regularly audited by globally recognised monitoring companies. Summarising all relevant data through the Envi- ronmental Product Declarations (EPDs), EGGER empowers clients to take control of their own environmental footprint when specifying their products. “Sustainability is not hard to achieve while still being on trend with the best in decora- tive wood-based products,” John explains. Beginning as a family-run company, EGGER has grown to establish sales offices around the world, contin- uously supplying high-quality products to clients. Creating enduring decorative choices for wall panelling, flooring, worktops and much more, EGGER’s resourcefulness in providing innovative wood-based materials sees the brand continue to expand its reach. With a completely transparent service, EGGER maintains a passion for globally supplied wood-based building materials and encourages others to follow in step.


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MEGANITE High-Performance Solid Surface

Words Brett Winchester Photography Villa Styling

Available exclusively through ForestOne, MEGANITE's range of basins, sinks and solid surfaces offers designers and architects a high-performing, certified product that will elevate any space for years to come.

Proving its versatility, MEGANITE® in Mt Carrara may also be sculpted into furniture.

Durability, stain resistance, cleanliness and repairability are only some of the benefits that MEGANITE® provides through its exclusive range of decorative surfaces. Offer- ing a 100 per cent acrylic solid surface, MEGANITE® prod- ucts are manufactured by chemically curing a mixture of acrylic, resin, filler, colour pigments and acrylic chips – the end product mimicking the look of stone without the lim- itations of the natural product. While the basins come in an array of shapes and sizes, specifiers are supported with a product that complies with the highest Australian stan- dards and 10-year manufacture defect warranty. Whether specifying for benchtops, splashbacks, windowsills, sinks, shower bases or more, MEGANITE® delivers a product that is versatile, innovative and cost-effective. Used in an array of interior areas, including kitch- ens and bathrooms, MEGANITE® provides a luxury aesthetic taking inspiration from international and local sources. Yet unlike granite, soapstone, slate or marble, MEGANITE®’s solid surface range offers an extensive range of colours and textures to choose from, all of which are a non-toxic and certified alternative. Able to be ther- moformed to create curves or moulded into different shapes and angles, MEGANITE®’s range features colour stability, seamless edging and is a 100 per cent silica-free product. Certified by the Greenguard Environmental Insti- tute and National Sanitation Foundation (NSF-51) for sur- face areas, MEGANITE® assures its products are all made with wellbeing in mind. “We don't only create designs and

colours, we place emphasis on improving the wellness and lifestyle of our clients through our innovations,” says Samantha Li, Export Manager at MEGANITE®. When designing for areas that include benchtops or solid surfaces, often designers search for a sink or basin to perfectly complement their other material choices. Offered in various shapes and sizes, MEGANITE®’s range of basins is fit for any application while also complying with Australian standards. Furthermore, each basin and sink comes with a top-of-the-line, fully compliant waste kit. “MEGANITE® creates to improve your life,” says Samantha. As for sinks, the ANTEGRA range is an innovative undermount sink that can be integrated with complemen- tary décor options, coming in Stainless Steel, Copper, Gun Metal and Gold Brass finishes with matching waste Basket Strainer waste in 90 millimetres. Improving the aesthetic of any given space, the ANTEGRA undermount sink offers a modern and imaginative touch to these other- wise understated areas. Available through ForestOne in a wide range of high-performing and durable décors that are easy to clean and maintain, MEGANITE®’s thermoformable sur- faces, basins and sinks come with guaranteed certifi- cations while meeting Australian standards. Enhancing the interior, MEGANITE®’s distinctive products offer unique characteristics, giving designers and architects a conscious and stylish choice.

MEGANITE® Hazel Cream (front cupboards) in Zou House.


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DESIGNER SOLUTIONS Versatile Panel Products

Words Brett Winchester Photography Tim Allen and Mike Baker Styling Ruth Welsby

ForestOne’s DESIGNER SOLUTIONS range of decorative panels – DESIGNER PLY, DESIGNER OSB and DESIGNER GROOVE – caters to a range of residential and commercial projects. Encompassing panelling, joinery, ceiling panels, substrates and more, the extensive offering is FSC or PEFC certified and aims to assist architects and designers in achieving their desired outcomes.

DESIGNER GROOVE® VJ100 forms an eye-catching decorative panel.

DESIGNER PLY®, DESIGNER OSB™ and DESIGNER GROOVE® provide decorative panel options for walls, ceilings, joinery and furniture – all of which are available exclusively through ForestOne. Designed to create a strong visual impact, they are the perfect solution for internal applications. Certified by the Forest Stewardship Certification (FSC®) or the Programme for the Endorse- ment of Forest Certification (PEFC), the products are sustainable and eco-friendly as well as being versatile, durable and efficient. Every product in the DESIGNER SOLUTIONS™ range can be traced from its certified forest, which is responsibly managed to meet strict environmen- tal, social and economic standards. This integrity is main- tained throughout the entire supply chain. With a large range of plywood products, the DESIGNER PLY® brand aims to create a strong visual impact. Included in the array of DESIGNER PLY® options is the perforated pattern, a visually customisable panel that aids in sound absorption. Clients can choose the shape and size of the perforation while being guaranteed that the layered ply will shine through. Additionally, DESIGNER PLY® offers pre-finished powder-coated surfaces that enhance the elegance of the plywood with an added protection and durability layer. An ideal solution for sur- faces that experience a higher volume of wear and tear, the powder-coated panel is UV-cured and free of VOCs.

A printed option also enables the plywood to be finished with an image of choice. Created with layered strands of wood, DESIGNER OSB™ is ideal for internal wall linings, cladding, shopfit- ting, decorative panelling, cabinetry, office fit-outs and displays. DESIGNER OSB™ can also be painted, stained, powder-coated and customised in a variety of capacities. DESIGNER GROOVE® is ForestOne’s newest all-purpose panel that is suitable to use in both wet and dry environ- ments. Produced with an ultra moisture-resistant form of medium-density fibreboard (MDF), DESIGNER GROOVE® is ideal for use in bathrooms, laundries and other high-moisture environments. By purchasing certified products, clients are support- ing sustainable forestry practices and contributing to the conservation of forests and the livelihoods of local com- munities that are dependant on them. The FSC® or PEFC certification also helps to promote environmental protec- tion, social benefits and economic viability in the forestry sector. As such, ForestOne widens the choice of sustain- able products that can have the FSC® or PEFC certifica- tion applied with DESIGNER PLY®, DESIGNER OSB™ and DESIGNER GROOVE®. Suitable for a variety of projects, ForestOne offers designers and architects a premium and eco-friendly panel product.


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02 — Places

Our showroom and commercial premises across Australia are inspiring, design-led spaces that allow us to bring our extensive product range to life. In this section, we share a glimpse into our state-of-the-art Queensland warehouse and our flagship showroom in Melbourne – and we extend an invitation to visit the showroom in person to experience the full depth of the ForestOne offering. Additionally, the EGGER headquarters in St. Johann in Tyrol, Austria, is a testament to the functional and aesthetic qualities of its wood-based product range.


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Responsible Materials on Show in Melbourne

Words Brett Winchester Photography Dave Kulesza

Located in Abbotsford, Victoria, the ForestOne Showroom is accessible to all architects and designers looking for inspiration in interior design. With different pods designed to various themes, the showroom features products from ForestOne’s versatile collection, including EGGER, MEGANITE, DESIGNER PLY and so much more.

Constructed by Hype Workshop with interior design undertaken by KHID, ForestOne’s Melbourne showroom highlights the company’s bespoke product range for the architecture and design industries. Products are expe- rienced through large panels rather than small samples, and the experienced specification team is on-hand to answer questions and offer guidance. “What seems to captivate visitors who enter our showroom are the large- scale panels that take away the need to imagine how décors will look,” says Darryl Ball, Group Decorative and Specification Manager at ForestOne. “It is not often you see more than 60 panels that are two metres high and over a metre wide,” he continues. The ability to view them in situ means each prod- uct’s characteristics and benefits are showcased, while also giving architects and designers a visualisation of the many ways in which the products can be employed. “Our goal was to stand out through the development of a large showroom for customers to visit, but it goes beyond just

the showroom,” says Darryl. With the ForestOne national head office housed in the same building, the showroom encourages customers to delve deeper into the endless possibilities of the extended product range. Throughout the showroom, specially designed pods are dedicated to different themes and use cases, such as healthcare, hotel suites and hospitality settings – a visual cue that Darryl says helps customers visualise the possibilities of each product. “We wanted for customers to see our products in a variety of applications in unique settings,” he explains. The intention is for the displays to be updated over time to fit current trends, including, for example, plans for apartment kitchens, aged-care facilities, office fit-outs and even creative office furniture concept displays. “By changing things up on a regular basis we hope to entice our customers to return again and again, so they can be inspired to use more of our products in beautiful and unique ways,” says Darryl.


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Bringing the inspiration to life, Hype Workshop employed the large sheet size throughout the showroom. “We have worked with ForestOne and their products consistently for the past three years, EGGER products [in particular] have been a staple of our operation for many years,” notes Jeremy Hooker, Director at Hype Workshop. Working with Eurolight®, compact laminate and a variety of prefinished boards and laminates, including the Feel- wood® and PerfectSense® ranges, allowed Jeremy and Hype Workshop to broaden their experience of Fores- tOne’s range. “All the products were easy enough to work with and given the parameters of design, including many curves, the products performed well,” notes Jeremy. Tasked with delivering the interior design, KHID also experimented with ForestOne’s products. “It’s a diverse selection of unique items that you won’t find anywhere else in the market,” says Matthew Nightingale, Associate at KHID. With an objective to craft distinct experiences that allow visitors to journey through the showroom, KHID incorporated mobile pieces that allow for greater flexibility and adaptability. “This enabled us to create ever-changing and fresh encounters within the space,” explains Matthew.

“Among the remarkable products we came across, the standout discovery was the end grain edging profile for EGGER Feelwood® panels. When paired with the avail- able textured finishes, this combination can produce an incredibly realistic timber look.” Two distinctive features in the showroom enhance the decision-making process of customers. First, the slid- ing panel display that “offers a novel and practical way to showcase full-size sheets of finishes,” explains Mat- thew. “Secondly, the innovative mobile cabinet, which is designed to give you the freedom to interchange door panels and benchtop finishes effortlessly,” he continues. “For us, the showroom’s standout design element is the clever incorporation of curved forms and arch details, effectively connecting the entire space,” adds Matthew. Filled with ForestOne’s versatile and design-centric products, the showroom exudes an ease of use, in which customers can effortlessly plan their projects. Delivering a hands-on experience, KHID and Hype Workshop have worked with ForestOne to create an experience that ensures a confident selection of materials no matter the project scope or design aesthetic.


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Doing Business Responsibly Around Australia

Words Brett Winchester Photography Cieran Murphy

Alongside its sustainable building products, ForestOne is undertaking a range of initiatives to be more responsible in the way it operates its business. Seen in the execution of environmentally mindful practices – such as using hybrid cars, hybrid delivery trucks, LED lighting, solar panels and the newest distribution centre in Berrinba, Queensland – ForestOne exemplifies conscious business decisions that positively affect the environment.

Conducting responsible business is in tune with Specifying Responsibly, a practice that ForestOne embodies through its products, specification representatives and warehouses. With an awareness of the impact of construction on people and the environment, ForestOne considers it an obliga- tion to make the responsible choice and contribute to the sustainability of the ecosystem. “To be truly responsible, we need to look at all aspects of our operations and find ways that we can improve what we do,” says David Brooker, Group Operations Manager at ForestOne. Through its actions, sourcing of ethically made products and building environmentally efficient warehouses – such as the newest distribution centre in Berrinba – ForestOne continues to operate with a business philosophy that “sees us looking across all areas of our operations to implement initiatives that improve what we do and to become more responsible,” notes David. After successfully implementing a plan to replace all vehicles used by ForestOne representatives with hybrid cars – 40 cars in total for representatives across all Forest- One branches – ForestOne has limited the amount of petrol

wastage and carbon emissions it is producing. Alone, this initiative saves up to 79 tonnes of carbon per year. Addi- tionally, three hybrid Hino trucks have also been employed to collectively save 18 tonnes of carbon. “These trucks are used to deliver products to our customers,” says David. By utilising hybrid electricity technology, the trucks are much more efficient for ForestOne deliveries and sustainable ini- tiatives. Moreover, the hybrid Hino trucks use “significantly less fuel than a conventional truck would,” David elabo- rates, “which in turn reduces the overall carbon emissions from our deliveries.” Further initiatives taken by ForestOne include its partnership with Pakaflex, whereby the supplier buys back clean plastic packaging from customers and recycles 100 per cent of it into more wrap, explains David. The product is also 100 per cent recyclable and made using 25 per cent post-consumer recycled plastic, a number that Pakaflex is committed to increasing over time. “Beyond recycling, this wrap is a higher quality product than what is typically used,” notes David. “It lasts longer and better protects the product inside.”


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For its energy-saving initiatives, ForestOne has installed solar panels across branches and warehouses in Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns and Brisbane. “Solar power generation is another initiative that improves the sustain- ability of our operations and fits comfortably with our push to be responsible,” says David. “In this case, the solar panels we have installed are estimated to reduce carbon emissions from our energy consumption by 255 tonnes per year on an ongoing basis.” Moreover, ForestOne has switched to GreenPower – a government-accredited pro- gram – with Origin Energy in both Melbourne and Sydney offices. This switch is guided by the understanding that solar cannot generate all of ForestOne’s power needs, and allows the company to continue operating responsibly. Matching customers’ energy use, Origin sends the same amount of renewable energy back into the energy grid. In addition to use solar panels and GreenPower, ForestOne has also implemented LED lighting from Sig- nify in its Berrinba distribution centre. A world leader in LED lighting, Signify provides energy-efficient products, systems and services that enable its customers to enjoy a superior quality of light. “ForestOne wanted an intelligent lighting system that maximises energy savings and keeps operational costs low,” says Iulia Antonescu, Marketing Manager APAC at Signify. “They were looking for one of the most technologically advanced solutions in the lighting

industry.” As such, Signify “installed a state-of-the-art con- nected lighting system that ensures light is on when and where it is needed,” explains Iulia. This includes energy- efficient Philips luminaires, sensors integrated into the light- ing fixture and Signify’s Interact IoT platform. “The system saves energy and minimises waste by intelligently adjust- ing the lights based on real-time occupancy patterns and natural light levels,” Iulia explains. “The advanced controls enabled ForestOne to generate a remarkable reduction in energy consumption of up to 70 per cent compared to a non-connected solution.” Signify estimates that ForestOne has saved up to three kilometres of cables, which further minimises its environmental impact. Built with the aim of achieving a 5-star Green Star rating, the Berrinba distri- bution centre and sales office additionally features water conservation measures, energy and water usage moni- toring systems, drought-resistant landscaping, low-VOC paints, carpets, sealant and low-formaldehyde-emission engineered wood products. Through its many exercises of conscientious practices, ForestOne exemplifies how leading businesses can further enrich their practices to create a more fruitful outcome for the company, its employees and the environment. Initiated through hybrid cars and trucks, LED lighting, solar panels and so much more, ForestOne continues to operate its business responsibly.

“Solar power generation is another initiative that improves the sustainability of our operations and fits comfortably with our push to be responsible,” says David.


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Getting More From Wood with EGGER

Nestled among the scenic surrounds of St. Johann in Tyrol, Austria, the EGGER head office is a striking expression of timber and its possibilities. Designed by Austrian architect Bruno Moser, the structure comprises two four-storey buildings connected by a soaring glass atrium and is made primarily from EGGER’s own OSB 4 TOP boards, timber and glass. With workstations for 276 employees, a large staff restaurant and other on-site facilities, the office also showcases joinery, furniture and laminate flooring all manufactured by EGGER.

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03 — Projects

Working with talented designers and architects is a source of inspiration for all at ForestOne; we delight in seeing our innovative and sustainable materials used in new ways throughout similarly progressive projects. On the following pages, discover some of the outstanding residential, commercial and hospitality projects around the country that give new life and meaning to our products. From stunning private homes in Sydney to educational facilities in Brisbane and Melbourne, we hope these projects are equally inspiring for your future specifications.


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McMahons Point Apartment by AlphaMade

Specification Representative Annette Fanna Words Brett Winchester Photography Pablo Veiga

Tasked with renovating a dilapidated apartment, mother-and-son duo Vanessa and Phillip Alphonse at AlphaMade have given it a new life by using warm materials and introducing natural light. Located in McMahons Point, the apartment conveys a sophisticated and sustainable interior with EGGER’s wood-based products, which help to develop the home’s new-found character.


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Unliveable upon purchase, the owners of the McMahons Point Apartment enlisted the skills of AlphaMade to com- pletely renovate the space so they could begin a new chapter. Filled with sustainable and hard-wearing materi- als, such as EGGER’s Vicenza Oak, the apartment radiates a neutral colour palette of whites, greens and browns, along with elements of timber and marble, and sweeping views of the surrounding streetscape. Trusting ForestOne to deliver quality materials, Phillip and Vanessa were able to specify with confidence and deliver a home that fits the modern needs of the clients. Located in the upper levels of a boutique apart- ment building, McMahons Point Apartment was lacking the characteristics that the 1910s building was otherwise filled with. When approaching the design and build pro- cess, AlphaMade attempted to create a space “that felt balanced and appropriate, both in relation to the home’s surrounding landscape as well as the character building that it is in,” Phillip says. By using green and blue tones throughout the apartment, AlphaMade combined the palette with EGGER’s Vicenza Oak for the joinery as delib- erate choices in the “Australiana-inspired design.”

Employed due to its alternative aesthetic, Vicenza Oak offers an elegant version of a rift-cut oak with a prominent woodgrain structure. Notably seen in the study, ensuite and bedroom wardrobes, the décor sur- face blends seamlessly with the timber flooring and softly painted walls. Combined, the materials illuminate the archi- tect’s inspiration taken from tall gum trees and the blue- green waters of the harbour seen from almost every van- tage. Additionally, Vicenza Oak is used within the kitchen, tying all the elements together to offer a calming space for the clients to cook and entertain. Alongside EGGER’s sustainable production methods, the finished design of McMahons Point Apartment incites a positive reflection towards Australia’s architectural and design future. Proud of the space they have designed, the moth- er-and-son duo at AlphaMade deliver a space that feels “contemporary and Australian, but also considerate and sympathetic to the historic building,” says Phillip. Along- side ForestOne’s specification representatives, Phillip and Vanessa have been able to create a home that effortlessly comes together and celebrates the subtle references to the apartment’s surroundings.


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Nudie Jeans Repair Store by X+O and Nudie Jeans

Specification Representative Annette Fanna Words Brett Winchester Photography Nudie Jeans

Offering lifelong repairs for its products, Nudie Jeans’s sustainable ethos has been manifested through the design of its new repair store. Using ForestOne DESIGNER PLY Hoop Pine sustainable plywood, X+O Design delivers a store that showcases how responsible specification enables efficient use of space in a premium retail environment.

Based in the Galeries of Sydney’s CBD, the Nudie Jeans Repair store continues the company’s ethos of creating clothing that will last a lifetime with minimal harm to the environment. Believing that a store is a physical mani- festation of a company, X+O Design worked closely with Nudie Jeans to specify a sustainable and eco-conscious approach. Focused on providing customers with an easily accessible store where in-house repairs take place, X+O Design and Nudie Jeans’s collaborative effort encourages others to think sustainably about how the store can set the tone for the company’s sustainable messaging. Faced with the challenge of a small footprint, X+O Design set out to encourage an effortless flow of move- ment when shopping. “We needed to be very clever with storage solutions, so incorporating concealed storage was one of the ways in which we overcame that challenge,” says Rebecca Vulic, Director and Founder at X+O Design. To answer this need, X+O Design employed the DESIGNER PLY™ Hoop Pine plywood throughout the store, including between the women’s sections, fitting rooms and denim wall, where the plywood hides the much needed storage spaces. Paired with the plywood, and offering additional hanging and folding space, Winkelman’s tiles are used to create durable nib walls and a central table. Rebecca explains that “the wood-wool panels are made primarily

from cement and wood, and they provide really amazing acoustic properties and anti-allergenic properties.” Motivated to not only make as much use of the small retail space as they could, X+O Design also desired to create a sustainable workplace that aligned itself with Nudie Jeans’s ethos. Due to ForestOne’s sustainable forestry practices and its 140 years of experience, X+O Design specifically chose the Hoop Pine plywood by DESIGNER PLY® as it responded to the sustainable wishes of both the client and designer. “It’s been an eye opening experience working with a sustainable [plywood] supplier, the quality has been fantastic and working with them has been fantastic,” says Bryce Alton, CEO at Nudie Jeans. Specifically chosen for being “a local species native to Australia, produced through sustainable forestry methods and also being a low carbon product was really important,” as Rebecca explains, the plywood further emphasising Nudie Jeans’s belief in sustainable production methods. Additionally, DESIGNER PLY®’s plywood is long-lasting and resistant to damage in high-traffic areas. With this retail space, Nudie Jeans focuses on providing a sustainable and eco-friendly environment for customers and staff. With the support of ForestOne, X+O Design delivers a store that exudes a warming and peaceful atmosphere.


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