Future Directions of Timber Engineering Research

R.H. Leicester, CSIRO Division of Building, Construction and Engineering

This paper is an overview of current trends in timber engineering that are expected to influence the directions of future research. These include matters related to the structural use of sawn timber and engineered wood products. Factors that will affect this use include the increasing emphasis on performance-based design, system concepts, human factors, international trade, the special needs of developing countries and sustainability issues.

Keywords: Timber, Engineering, Research, Performance, Trade

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