• Timber buildings are a familiar part of Queensland life. Photo credit: The University of QueenslandTimber buildings are a familiar part of Queensland life. Photo credit: The University of Queensland

New UQ research centre to build taller timber structures

A new research centre has been opened at the University of Queensland to help improve the tall timber building industry.  The University has teamed up with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hyne Timber, Lendlease, and engineering firm Arup, to create the Centre for Future Timber Structures (CFTS).

Timber is a popular building material in Queensland already, and the research centre will help to find ways in which taller buildings can be built. Centre Director, Professor Jose Torero said the new centre would research ways to use timber to meet the challenges of sustainable construction.

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Leanne Donaldson said: "The centre will develop engineering solutions that address current barriers to the use of structural timber in the fast-growing and extensive medium-rise tall buildings market where timber is an ideal construction material."

The multidisciplinary team at the centre will include product manufacturers, fire safety engineers and structural engineers who will work together to ensure that Queensland and Australia lead the world in the increasingly competitive tall timber engineering market.

Researchers involved in the new centre have already developed new products using techniques from the aerospace industry to greatly improve the strength of timber products, and the researchers will be working closely with Queensland Fire and Emergency Service to ensure inherent fire safety of any timber products and buildings. 

The new centre is part of the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland.  You can find out more about the new centre here - this UQ website also includes links to the academics' profiles and information about supervision for PhD students interested in conducting research within this subject area. 

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