Modular prefabricated timber buildings provide an opportunity to implement circular economy principles in the Australian building sector by creating buildings that serve the occupant’s needs over an entire lifetime. The adaptable design ensures that these buildings can grow as families grow and can be downsized when children move out. Demountable building systems can be relocated as a whole or in parts and can repeatedly be re-used thereby reducing construction and demolition waste (CDW) and retaining value-add through closed-loop re-use. The logical progression is to realise modular off-site construction by using a renewable resource such as timber, which stores carbon while in use and extending the service life of those timber elements through adaptable modular design.

This project aims to develop adaptable modular timber buildings that can be manufactured off-site and re-used multiple times within a circular economy framework. This research will particularly focus on solving the technical issues in the aspect of Design-for-Disassembly (DfD) and structural engineering - the integrated design of reversible connections and structural health assessment/monitoring and re-certification before re-using of building components.

About Confirmation Seminars 2021

The purpose of the confirmation milestone is to ensure that the candidate receives appropriate feedback in relation to the viability and progress of the thesis project and that the resources required to complete the program of research within the recommended timeframe are available. It is also an opportunity to ensure that the candidate has demonstrated the capacity and capability to successfully complete the thesis in a timely manner.