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QUT structural engineering researcher to develop timber buildings guidelines

A highrise built out of timber, not steel" It?s a solid idea according to QUT structural engineering researcher Dr Craig Cowled, who?s embarked on a three-year project to work out the perfect way to build carbon-storing, timber-framed ?plyscrapers?.
He?s a big fan of the environmental credentials ? and cost savings ? of building tall buildings out of timber, rather than concrete and steel, and wants to boost this fledgling segment of the construction industry.
Dr Cowled was awarded a $240 000 Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellowship to research and develop a new building system and guidelines for timber buildings up to eight storeys.
He says timber-framed buildings are cheaper and faster to construct ? and use a sustainable resource that locks away carbon for the life of the building. And with the Queensland Government aiming to reduce the state?s carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2030, Dr Cowled believes more timber multi-storeys will be a big win for the environment.
?My research with this fellowship aims to develop a new building system and guidelines that eliminate some of the current technical obstacles to timber frame construction for taller buildings,? he said.
?By increasing the market share of timber, which stores carbon, Queensland can make significant reductions in the CO2 emissions of the construction industry.?
Australia?s National Construction Code was changed in 2016 to increase the allowed height of timber buildings ...
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