There is a growing demand from architects, developers and clients to create buildings from engineered timber products.

Timber is both aesthetically appealing and environmentally advantageous; however, fire safety considerations are frequently cited as a major constraint on the use of timber within buildings. UQ is a leading researcher in this area and is actively working to provide engineers with the knowledge and understanding required to build safely with timber at a large scale.

UQ Fire is a key member of the Centre for Future Timber Structures devoted to research that will allow developing concepts for timber skyscrapers; characterising the fire dynamics associated with timber structures; assessing the fire performance of novel timber composite products; and characterising the structural response of timber in fire conditions.

UQ Fire research projects on timber include: