The Market Access category covers research projects that evaluate national and international market trends to enable industry to develop business and industry development strategies.
These projects develop and improve products matched to market needs, and continue to expand markets for wood products.
Key goals include creating greater value in wood products by developing knowledge and technology to increase timber construction in residential, commercial and industrial buildings; appearance grade timber products and markets; and sustainable wood products.
Australian market requirements for western red cedar and Douglas fir
Since the mid 1800s, Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) and later, western red cedar (Thuja plicata) were imported into Australia from North America. New Zealand grown Douglas fir began to ar... Read More
Guide to the specification, installation and use of preservative treated engineered wood products
This user-friendly guide provides information on best practices for the selection, preservative treatment, design, installation and finishing of Engineered Wood Products (EWP) to ensure produc... Read More
Strategy for Large Span Second Storey Timber and Wood Products
Most domestic housing is built using timber framing; however, sometimes long open spaces within the house have required steel roof beams for specialised structural support. Unfortunately erect... Read More
Improving timber cladding for builders and designers
This project collected information about preferred features of timber cladding systems, and prototyped a timber cladding system. The literature review and industry survey served to generate id... Read More
Comparative service life assessment of window systems
Two major trends are significant for the Australian windows market: the growth in competition from imported manufactured (mainly PVC) windows and the growing concern for environmental issues. ... Read More
Maximising impact sound resistance of timber framed floor/ ceiling systems Volume 1
This project further developed existing Australasian and overseas research to produce floor/ceiling systems for floors having acoustic properties which are comparable with concrete floor const... Read More
The role of graduates and their education for the Australian wood processing sector - results from a forest industry survey
This project surveyed industry about future needs for graduates in the wood products industries in Australia. It suggests a serious unmet need for an industry-focused undergraduate degree in w... Read More
Review of the Environmental Impact of Wood Compared with Alternative Products Used in the Production of Furniture
This study produced a literature review on the current information available to compare the environmental impact of wood with other alternative products (such as plastics and metals) used in t... Read More
A review of forest certification in Australia (Research Report)
Three forestry certification standards are currently operational in Australia, covering two overall schemes: the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) - accredited Woodmark and SmartWood standards ... Read More
Rules of thumb for attaining 5 star energy rating for timber-floored dwellings
Builders, energy raters and the general consumer are under the impression that dwellings with suspended timber floors cannot simply and cost-effectively achieve a 5 Star energy rating. For thi... Read More