Report Year Archives: 2017-2018

The influence of traditional Japanese timber design and construction techniques on contemporary architecture and its relevance to modern timber construction

The influence of traditional Japanese timber design and construction techniques on contemporary architecture and its relevance to modern timber construction

The premise of this report is to connect the dots between contemporary timber architecture, current
high-tech timber engineering and how traditional Japanese craftsmanship could be relevant to the
development either.

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Improving the durability performance of engineered wood products: A study tour of Europe and North America

Improving the durability performance of engineered wood products: A study tour of Europe and North America

Engineered wood products (EWPs) are rapidly growing global market share in both structural and appearance end-uses. These products are formed by combining wood components such as flakes, fibres, particles, veneers, strands, rounds or sawntimber into composite products. Often these composite products can also feature non-wood components such as glues, metals and plastics. Examples of EWPs include cross laminated timber (CLT), glulam, plywood, laminated veneer lumber (LVL), oriented strandboard (OSB), particleboard and I beams. These products are used in diverse applications, including construction, flooring, walls, roofs, linings, decorative architectural features, furniture, packaging, utility poles, cross-arms and bridges. The reasons for their growing popularity are multi-faceted and include numerous performance, resource conversion and sustainability advantages.
However, as the use of EWPs expands, so too do concerns about their long-term durability performance. This report describes the outcomes of a study of EWP production, use and R&D in Europe and North America with a special focus on wood protection measures adopted to maximise EWP durability performance. The current status quo and implications for the Australian industry are also described.

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