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Type: Journal article
Title: Perceived obstacles to multi-storey timber-frame construction: an Australian study
Author: Xia, B.
O'Neill, T.
Zuo, J.
Skitmore, M.
Chen, Q.
Citation: Architectural Science Review, 2014; 57(3):169-176
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 0003-8628
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Bo Xia, Tim O’Neill, Jian Zuo, Martin Skitmore and Qing Chen
Abstract: The contemporary default materials for multi-storey buildings – namely concrete and steel – are all significant generators of carbon and the use of timber products provides a technically, economically and environmentally viable alternative. In particular, timber's sustainability can drive increased use and subsequent evolution of the Blue economy as a new economic model. National research to date, however, indicates a resistance to the uptake of timber technologies in Australia. To investigate this further, a preliminary study involving a convenience sample of 15 experts was conducted to identify the main barriers involved in the use of timber frames in multi-storey buildings. A closed-ended questionnaire survey involving 74 experienced construction industry participants was then undertaken to rate the relative importance of the barriers. The survey confirmed the most significant barriers to be a perceived increase in maintenance costs and fire risk, together with a limited awareness of the emerging timber technologies available. It is expected that the results will benefit government and the timber industry, contributing to environmental improvement by developing strategies to increase the use of timber technologies in multi-storey buildings by countering perceived barriers in the Australian context.
Keywords: timber frame
multi-storey building
sustainable building
Rights: © 2014 Taylor & Francis
DOI: 10.1080/00038628.2014.912198
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