The Market Access category covers research projects that evaluate national and international market trends to enable industry to develop business and industry development strategies.
These projects develop and improve products matched to market needs, and continue to expand markets for wood products.
Key goals include creating greater value in wood products by developing knowledge and technology to increase timber construction in residential, commercial and industrial buildings; appearance grade timber products and markets; and sustainable wood products.
01.08.22: Future market dynamics and potential impacts on Australian timber imports – Final Report
On current trajectories, Australia faces the prospect of being consistently unable to meet demand for new housing, because of a persistent and growing gap between demand and supply of sawn softwood timber, in particular. Taking immediate action to establish new softwood plantations, Australia can mitigate the risk and increase its sovereign supply capability for ...Read More
15.07.22: Estimating the economic contribution of the forestry industry to Western Australia
The forest industry in Australia contributes to jobs and economic activity in multiple regional communities. This contribution results from the growing, management and harvesting of plantations and native forests, and processing of harvested wood. In 2017, Forest and Wood Products Australia engaged the University of Canberra, working with BDO EconSearch, to provide a socio-economic assessment ...Read More
03.11.21: Timber Usage in Residential Construction 2017-18 dataset: Report on methodology and results
The FWPA has supported research to better understand timber usage in residential construction which is a major market for timber and engineered wood products. However, the quantity of wood products and the specific application in new house construction remains unclear. In order to help address this, FWPA has undertaken a project to extract data from a ...Read More
30.08.21: Estimating the implications of net-zero targets
With the recent publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report providing more evidence of the need for urgent action to address climate change, Australian companies are increasingly expressing an ambition to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The quantum of emissions reductions required is significant and there are often limited options for ...Read More
15.06.21: Estimating the benefits of an emissions reduction fund method for the use of timber products in buildings
The introduction of Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) method has the potential to directly assist Australia in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by incentivising greater use of sustainable timber in the structural components of residential and non-residential buildings in place of more emissions intensive building materials, like steel and concrete. The introduction of the proposed ERF ...Read More
12.05.21: Timber Framed Residential Housing: Thermal Bridging & The path to 7 Star NatHERS
The Australian and State and Territory Governments will introduce more stringent thermal performance requirements for residential homes in the next revision of the National Construction Code due in 2022. It is anticipated that a 7-star minimum (up from the current minimum of 6-stars) NatHERS Star Rating will be the requirement for new residential homes. Improvements ...Read More
07.12.20: Benefit Cost Analyses of FWPA R&D projects: November 2020
FWPA contracted Natural Capital Economics to undertake an economic impact assessment of four randomly selected projects. The sample was selected from projects that were funded and completed between the year 2011 and 2018. The economic assessments will be used for reporting to the FWPA stakeholders (annual reporting), meeting the statutory funding agreement with the Australian ...Read More
07.12.20: Six Storey Timber Framed Building's Movement and Moisture Content
The aim of this project was to obtain real data on the temperature, relative humidity, moisture content of timber and vertical displacement of a real, six-storey timber-framed building, during its construction and initial occupation. Fourteen months of data was obtained over the construction, handover and the early occupation of the building. Twelve months of data ...Read More
05.05.20: Australian Plantation Fire Database Update
Disclaimer: The information you provide in this submission will be used, as outlined, to develop a historical database of plantations fire events in Australia. The information will be disclosed to specific third parties including Geddes Management. Any personal information provided, such as your name, email address, and phone number, may be shared with employees of ...Read More
09.04.20: Practical Measures to Build Climate and Disaster Resilience at the local, regional and national level – AS3959 and timber construction
This report has been prepared to provide a review of the development of the Australian Standard Framework (Australian Standard AS 3959 and the related test methods and material standards) for the construction of residential buildings in Bushfire-prone Areas (BPAs) and its application to timber for consideration by CSIRO, the Chief Scientist and expert advisory panel. ...Read More