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Prototype Environmental Home: a Study in Technology Transfer, System Testing & Design Synthesis

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This project tested the feasibility of utilising an innovative skeletal timber framing system for housing through a demonstration building; evaluated the potential for enhancing the system through plastic fibre reinforcement; and promoted environmental systems and technology in the building to increase the uptake of environmentally responsible design in the wider community.

These aims have been achieved through the design and construction of a building on the Gold Coast. The enhanced timber frame using fibre reinforced plastics was carried out and the limitations of the approach for Australian conditions established. Environmental monitoring showed that the framing system was successful in achieving a desired performance. The timber framing system has proved feasible for use in the general community.

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R. Hyde (Centre for Sustainable Design)

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