Our aim is to create knowledge and build 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. Our research is addressing the issues of utilisation of young plantation timbers to enhance value-adding through the development of high-value wood products and engineered wood products; innovative processing and manufacturing technologies; wood waste reduction and waste utilisation; wood products performance in various environmental conditions and value-chain analysis for plantation wood products.
For more than 15 years, the Sustainable and Renewable Forest Products Group has been actively involved in international aid program initiatives with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), with projects in Indonesia, Vietnam, Lao PDR and Papua New Guinea to a total value of $9.3 million. The Group has developed a unique expertise in developing innovative wood processing industries to enhance markets for planted timber resources. ACIAR projects are an important part of the Group’s work and the vision is to maintain its important role in assisting developing countries to further enhance their teaching and R&D in wood science and to support their industries in adopting innovative wood processing and manufacturing technologies.
The Sustainable and Renewable Forest Products Group has been very successful in attracting externally funded international students with a high rate of successful completion. The Group will continue working with postgraduate students working on innovative research projects.