A Review and Update of Emerging Technologies in Residential Timber Construction
31st May 2012
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.
Results of this research are published online.