Mass Timber Construction Journal 2019-03-16T10:27:42+11:00 Paul Kremer Open Journal Systems <p>The Mass Timber Construction Journal is a peer-reviewed international online journal, dedicated to high quality research in Mass Timber Construction (MTC). The journal was created to fill an identified gap in the research publishing market. The editors found it difficult to publish MTC research in other journal publications due to a lack of concentrated peer-reviewers, editorial staff and researchers who are the leaders in the MTC field.</p> Timber Based Prefabricated Single Modular Housing: A Brief Comparison to the Auto Industry 2019-02-01T09:22:25+11:00 Lucina Fernandes Carvalho <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><em>The present article gathers examples of modular dwelling concepts, where Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and other timber-based products are the primary elected material, and makes comparisons between the ‘prefabrication construction process and marketing strategies’ for modular dwellings with the ‘automotive industry’. The article is divided in three parts. First section of the article provides an analysis of the environmental impacts of transportation and building sector, then identifies reaction trends between electric vehicles and prefab modular homes. The second section deals with work flow, emphasizing the prefabrication process of house modules, the constraints given by transportation and storage, and arguing for the personalization of a mass production product demonstrated through six case studies. The third section debates possible marketing strategies, evoking business models based on collectible concepts, cataloging, mass customisation principles and image/brand for tourist/urbanistic developments. </em></p> 2019-01-31T00:00:00+11:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Encouraging Councils and Governments Around the World to Adopt Timber-First Policies: A Systematic Literature Review 2019-03-16T10:27:42+11:00 Scott Nicholas Milestone Paul Kremer <p class="p2">The undeniable rise in Mass Timber Construction (MTC) on a global scale heralds the dawn of a new era for truly sustainable construction. The adoption of renewable materials in products such as Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) coupled with new construction processes optimises modern methods of sustainable construction. Councils and governments are beginning to initiate Wood Encouragement Policies (WEPs), setting guidelines that foster timber use in construction. Employing a Systematic Literature Review (SLR), the present paper sought to answer the question ‘how do we encourage/influence more councils and governments to adopt timber-first policies?’ – focusing in particular on the adoption of WEPs by councils and/or governments not attached to a forestry community from which social, environmental and economic benefits are derived. Ninety research items were identified as a result of the searches in known databases. Exclusionary and inclusionary criteria were applied resulting in sixty-two items qualifying for review. Results suggest councils and governments with no direct reliance on the forestry industry sector for economic benefit can adopt, or at least associate with, WEPs. Results are discussed and suggestions are presented to attempt to increase the adoption of WEPs by councils and governments across the world.</p> 2019-03-16T10:27:42+11:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##