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EWPAA provides scholarship for National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life graduate student program

The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA) is offering a three year scholarship opportunity for graduate students undertaking their research with the National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life.

The scholarship will provide graduate students interested in wood product durability research with $10,000 funding per year, to a total value of $30,000.

The Timber Durability Centre is on the hunt for graduate students, looking to study either an MSc or PhD, to join their research team and focus on timber durability and service life prediction.

EWPAA CEO, Dave Gover, said that the purpose of the research is to ensure that all timber types receive the benefit of service life prediction and durability research, given that different types of timber have different levels of durability and different applications will have varying service life expectancies.

“We are hopeful that the scholarship opportunity will attract driven graduate students to a research area with great academic opportunity and industry relevance.” Dave said.

“Given the increased use engineered wood products in mid-rise construction across Australia, and across the world, durability of these products is an important research focus area.” Dave said.

“There are well established and proven methods to ensure the durability of timber, and these need to continue to be developed to take advantage of improvements in wood modification technologies, physical chemistry, and biological modelling.” Dave said.

“The EWPAA is proud to continue our commitment to fostering research and development in engineered wood products through the provision of this scholarship.” Dave said.

The Timber Durability Centre, whose primary mission is to revitalise durability research in Australia, is looking for BSc graduates with backgrounds in biology, forestry, civil engineering and architecture.

The Timber Durability Centre is a joint venture between the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), the Unverisity of Queensland and the Queensland
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

USC is offering qualified full-time graduate research students an annual stipend and free tuition. EWPAA scholarship recipients will receive the scholarship funding in addition to these benefits.

Opportunities are also available for science, engineering, architecture and forestry professionals seeking further advancement to undertake part time study.

For further information about the EWPAA scholarship, the new graduate program or the Timber Durability Centre, visit their website (http://www.usc.edu.au/timber-durability) or email Professor Jeff Morrell (jmorrell@usc.edu.au).

The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA) is a member association for manufacturers of engineered and solid timber products across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji. The EWPAA coordinates a market development program which includes product testing, product certification, standards and codes development, technical promotion, research and development, market maintenance; as well as education and training.

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Media Contact:-
Clair Borg
Communications Officer
Ph: +61 7 3250 3700
Email: clair.borg@ewp.asn.au

EWPAA supports Senate inquiry report into non-conforming building products

The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA) supports the recommendations and final report by the Senate inquiry into non-conforming building products (NCBPs), released last week.

The recommendations centre around increased compliance in all levels of the construction industry, from builders through to architects and engineers, with a view to the recommendations being adopted at a State level across Australia.

The Senate’s recommendations include that the State governments urgently look to increase responsibility at all levels of the construction supply chain, similar to recent legislation enacted in Queensland.  

NCBPs represent a safety risk to occupants, to neighbours, a financial risk for owners, to insurers and financiers.

EWPAA CEO, Dave Gover, says that building products manufacturers have been campaigning for government awareness of NCBP issues in Australia for several years and it is time for more effective regulation, and for meaningful enforcement.

The Senate inquiry also highlighted the importance of third-party certification schemes. 

“EWPAA and other industry associations have been running third party certification programs which blend technical expertise with rigorous certification, to ensure products are fit for purpose” said Dave.

“It is our hope that the Senate inquiry’s recommendations will influence positive change to our built environment and ensure that conforming building products are, and continue to be, readily identifiable to Australian builders and specifiers,” said Dave. 

The use of wood products is well established in formwork, industrial access and residential applications, and are a growing opportunity in mid-rise construction.

Conforming products certified by the EWPAA have been available in Australasian markets for over 50 years.

The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA) is a member association for manufacturers of engineered and solid timber products across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji. The EWPAA coordinates a market development program which includes product testing, product certification, standards and codes development, technical promotion, research and development, market maintenance; as well as education and training.

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Media Contact:-
Clair Borg
Communications Officer
Ph: +61 7 3250 3700
Email: clair.borg@ewp.asn.au

Wood development opportunities discussed at successful EWPAA Research & Development Forum in Brisbane

The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA) hosted it’s inaugural Research & Development Forum Wednesday 17 October 2018 in Brisbane, Australia.

The forum focused on product development opportunities for engineered wood products and featured a range of researchers and industry presenters discussing topics such as connector research, timber & construction adhesives development, building industry research needs, research funding models and durability research.

The forum was designed to showcase current research activity to manufacturers, as well as to highlight industry needs amongst researchers, which stimulated discussion amongst the attendees on future opportunities for engineered wood products.

EWPAA CEO, Dave Gover, said that he was encouraged by the level of engagement from attendees at the forum, and the potential impact this would have on the engineered wood products of the future.  

“We have had extremely positive feedback from our attendees and it was fantastic to see the industry so engaged with what is happening at the research and product development level,” Dave said.

“After the success of our inaugural forum, we intend to offer this event to industry every year,” Dave said.

The forum was attended by over 40 people from the Australian and New Zealand timber industries, many of whom were EWPAA members.

Presenters included Professor Keith Crews (Emeritus Professor of Structural Engineering at UTS), Bill Leggate (Product Development Manager at Koppers Performance Chemicals), Dr Rob McGavin (Facility Manager at the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries’ Salisbury Research Facility), Andrew Dunn (CEO of the Timber Development Association NSW), Dr Craig Cowled (Lecturer of Civil Engineering at QUT), Dr Robbie Currie (Development Chemist at Hexion New Zealand), Professor Jeff Morrell (Director of the National Centre for Timber Durability & Design Life at USC) and Dr Chris Lafferty (Research & Development Manager at FWPA).

Anyone who would like further information about EWPAA events is encouraged to visit the EWPAA website (www.ewp.asn.au), or contact the EWPAA via phone (+61 7 3250 3700) or email (inbox@ewp.asn.au).

The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA) is a member association for manufacturers of engineered and solid timber products across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji. The EWPAA coordinates a market development program which includes product testing, product certification, standards and codes development, technical promotion, research and development, market maintenance; as well as education and training.

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Media Contact:-
Clair Borg
Communications Officer
Ph: +61 7 3250 3700
Email: clair.borg@ewp.asn.au