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Mass Timber Construction as an Alternative to Concrete and Steel in the Australia Building Industry: A Pestel Evaluation of the Potential

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue67
Year of Publication
2015
Topic
Market and Adoption
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)

Mass Timber Construction in Australia and New Zealand—Status, and Economic and Environmental Influences on Adoption

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2678
Year of Publication
2018
Topic
Market and Adoption
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Author
Evison, David
Kremer, Paul
Guiver, Jason
Year of Publication
2018
Format
Journal Article
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Market and Adoption
Keywords
Non-Residential
Prefabrication
Design
Construction
Language
English
Research Status
Complete
Series
Wood and Fiber Science
Summary
Mass timber construction in Australia and New Zealand uses three main materials—laminated veneer lumber, glue laminated timber and cross-laminated timber (CLT). This article focuses on the use of mass timber in nonresidential construction—the use in single-family homes and apartments is not considered. In Australia and New Zealand, mass timber building technology has moved from being technologically possible to being a feasible alternative to reinforced concrete and steel construction. It has not taken over a large market share in either market and, as such, has not been a disruptive technology. The major changes in this market in the past 5-10 yr in Australia and New Zealand have been the development of new industrial capacity in CLT and the acquisition of computer controlled machining equipment to facilitate prefabrication of wooden building components. The development of new codes and standards and design guides is underway. The drivers of future growth in market share are expected to include more clients putting a higher weight on the various environmental benefits of building in wood, reduction in the real and perceived professional risk for builders and architects specifying mass timber construction, and fuller participation in the supply chain for timber buildings (from design to construction) by timber building specialists. Government policies to encourage the use of timber may also be helpful. Engineers and architects will continue to learn—through experience—how to optimize building construction methods to take advantage of the specific features and qualities of timber as a construction method.
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Overcoming Psychological Barriers to Widespread Acceptance of Mass Timber Construction in Australia

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue1924
Year of Publication
2016
Topic
Market and Adoption