Paper in proceeding, 2023

The construction industry has been a major contributor to resource consumption and global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, owed to high demand for building construction and the rapid urbanization trend. Timber construction has gained traction globally due to environmental advantages, such as renewability and carbon sequestration. However, sustainably available wood resources are limited. Extension of service life of timber structures is key to prolong their carbon stock. This paper showcases research projects carried out in Australia and Sweden that aim to design adaptable timber buildings capable of accommodating functional and spatial changes over time, thereby extending the service life of buildings and their components, as well as optimising their life cycles through spatial variations and repair of local damages to structural elements. This approach, known as Design for Adaptation (DfA) is an important step of the roadmap towards circular design solutions for timber buildings, which provide many economic, social and environmental benefits to all stakeholders and key players related to the building process, including manufacturers, engineers, architects, end-users, municipalities, and others.

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Robert Jockwer

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering

Vera Öberg

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering

Lisa Mareike Ottenhaus

University of Queensland

Paola Leardini

University of Queensland

Yutaka Goto

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Technology

13th World Conference on Timber Engineering, WCTE 2023

Vol. 3 1497-1505
9781713873297 (ISBN)

13th World Conference on Timber Engineering: Timber for a Livable Future, WCTE 2023
Oslo, Norway,

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