Emerging Technologies and Timber Products in Construction

Emerging Technologies and Timber Products in Construction

Building houses and light commercial buildings using timber in Australia is a well-developed technology that relies on building site-based and trade-focused practices considered very cost efficient by world standards. However, new and emerging technologies may threaten traditional timber construction’; the direct economic benefits to the industry are huge as a 1% swing either way represents an annual change in retail timber sales of up to $10 million.

This project reviewed 114 technologies and categorised them into 11 broad categories: Prefabricated factory housing, Panelised construction, Improved wood, Wood composite, Engineered wood product, Structural system, Flooring, Cladding & Insulation, Frame and Truss Manufacture, Research Project, and Miscellaneous.

Whilst the report has not revealed any obviously ‘industry-killing’ technologies or products, it has identified a number of possibilities that, if modified, or intelligently considered in the Australian context, could provide the timber or building industries with ideas for further development and may lead to commercial benefit.

Reference Number:
PN05.1022

Findings Report:
Emerging_Technologies_Compendium - Publication Version LVW web ready 070607.pdf

Other Attachments:
Analysis & Recommendations - Publication Version LVW web ready 310507.pdf
emerging_techs_litreview 1.pdf
emerging_techs_litreview 2.pdf
emerging_techs_litreview 3.pdf

Our acknowledgment

In the spirit of reconciliation, Forest & Wood Products Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia, and we acknowledge their connection to the land and their custodianship of Country and forests. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our acknowledgment