Research

Wood is the most renewable and sustainable material on the planet which provides both environmental and performance benefits. Thus, by ensuring sustainable forest practices and regenerating this natural product there are real possibilities to significantly improve the environmental credentials of the building and construction industry by choosing timber in the built environment.

Our research focuses on value adding to plantation timber resources through the manufacture of high value wood products. Major areas of research include the utilisation of young plantation timbers for high value wood products; innovative methods for timber drying; decorative wood veneer technology and veneered products; wood waste reduction and waste utilisation; wood products performance in various environmental conditions; reusing and recycling wood materials and products; value-chain analysis for plantation wood products; timber as sustainable and renewable building material.

Table by Glen Holst
Table made from Australian hardwood veneers, Designer Glen Holst

Our interest is in enhancing key elements in value chain of wood products manufactured from plantation grown wood (e.g. through maximising value, improving production efficiency).

The research is undertaken through large international collaborative projects in South-East Asia, Papua New Guinea and Europe.

Our research provides guidelines to the forest products industry in sustainable use of timber for high-value wood products from a changing resource base. The introduction of environmentally friendly production methods and eco-friendly designed products will potentially create an on-going culture of production of ecologically sustainable wood products.

Library at Docklands w/ stair detail
Library at the Docklands, courtesy Lend Lease

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