16 August 2023
By Chris Sheedy, Create Digital
When designing a school building ten years ago, there would have been little to no discussion around the material from which the building was to be constructed, according to Engineers Australia Fellow Paul Easingwood FIEAust, Director, Structures and Facades at Bligh Tanner.
“Every day of the week it would have been a two-storey concrete frame,” Easingwood told create. “But now, there’s a heavy momentum to steer the construction industry toward different paths.
“We’re doing a number of school projects in New South Wales which are modular. It’s a mandate from Schools Infrastructure NSW. A lot of those systems are using timber, timber framing or cross-laminated timber.”
Just as timber in its various forms is becoming a more frequent selection, so is steel framing, particularly for the potential modularity such materials can offer.
But engineering challenges arise with new materials around construction methodologies, tolerances, procurement, accuracy and more.
NewsArticles26 October 2023
World Sustainability Day is an opportunity to reflect on what sustainability in the Built Environment means. It is also a...
NewsArticles19 October 2023
There is no net zero without a dramatic reduction in emissions from concrete production. While Australia has exceptional capabilities in...
NewsArticles1 October 2023
In July 2023, I assumed the role of Education Manager at SmartCrete CRC, and it has been an incredibly dynamic...
NewsArticles11 August 2023
The Structural and Materials discipline in the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is proud...