FWPA Building Innovations


This project reviewed and updated a pre-existing audit of emerging technologies (ETs) relevant to timber residential construction, identified and rated new ETs and developed a web-deliverable database of appropriate ETs. It examined wood related products, processes, technologies, and design concepts from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

The new technologies that scored highest include: structural floor/wall/roof timber systems, improved wood that is dimensionally stable with improved durability in terms of weather, fungal and termite resistance, and building information modelling (BIM) systems where 3D designs are linked to building costs and production information, as well as strategically setting out the site during construction.

The report recommends the high-scoring new technologies be given special consideration for future areas of development, dependent on broader-based industry support. In addition, the report advises that Australian industry needs to build active liaisons with timber related institutions and companies overseas, finding state-of-the-art timber construction technologies more quickly and reducing overlap and waste in the research and development process.

This is a project funded by Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA). For more information visit the FWPA website.

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About FWPA

Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited (FWPA), a not for profit company, is the Australian forestry and wood  products industry’s service provider, investing in research and development, and providing research results and generic promotions to the Australoian industry. FWPA aims to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian forest and wood products industry through innovation, investment in effective and relevant R&D and communication of the results to stakeholders. Read more about FWPA at www.fwpa.com.au

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