Project

Development of moisture monitoring, assessment and management systems for the Australian mass timber construction industry

Project Under Development

The project aims to assess the impact of moisture exposure in mass timber buildings, specifically within the context of Australian building practices and construction methods. It entails a comprehensive examination of existing systems and the integration of cutting-edge technologies to gauge their effectiveness. The primary focus revolves around the development and implementation of techniques and protocols for moisture monitoring and prevention, involving collaboration with building engineers, architects, and maintenance teams. By addressing moisture intrusion and its mitigation during and post-construction, the research aims to yield practical approaches and industry best practices. Ultimately, these outcomes will significantly benefit the Australian mass timber industry, the construction sector, and maintenance engineering professionals.

Please see Project Video for further information:


Objectives/Deliverables

  • Develop moisture intrusion case studies within Australian building practices/construction types
  • Develop a detailed understanding of building design type and phase on moisture intrusion scenarios and develop remedies to minimize long-term moisture damage.
  • Quantify the influence of building design in reducing moisture issues including moisture trapping during and post-construction.
  • Develop knowledge of assessing methods for moisture-exposed panels, test their performance, and provide information for estimated life prediction of panels;
  • Provide alternative methods that are robust and accurate by analysing the industry‚Äôs current practice for moisture monitoring and management.

Project Leader/s

Maryam Shirmohammadi

Project Leader; Partner Investigator

Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries


Project Investigators

Maryam Shirmohammadi

Project Leader; Partner Investigator

Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Adam Faircloth

Partner Investigator

Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Benoit Gilbert

Project Leader; Chief Investigator

Griffith University / Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries


Lead Project Partner Organisation


Project Partners