The Sustainable and Renewable Forest Products Group creates knowledge and builds capability in the innovative uses of sustainably-managed timber resources for high-performance timber products.
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. The Group works closely with architects, engineers, and other professionals to provide sustainable solutions for structural and non-structural applications.
Through national and international research collaborations in Australia, South-East Asia, Papua New Guinea and Europe, the Group is leading or is involved in multiple projects in the field of value-adding to plantation timber resources.
More on our research activities
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) projects
- Advancing enhanced wood manufacturing industries in Laos and Australia
- Enhancing value added wood processing in Papua New Guinea
- Enhancing key elements of the value chains for plantation-grown wood in Lao PDR.
Building 4.0 CRC projects
- Developing an internationally competitive, dynamic and thriving Australian advanced manufacturing sector, delivering better buildings at lower cost and the human capacity to lead the future industry.
Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA)
The National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) projects
- Increasing the durability and other material characteristics of Tasmanian hardwoods
- Developing a new generation of Tasmanian appearance hardwood products for in-state design and manufacturing.