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From Mouldy Houses to Drying Timber

Held on the 28th Aug 2022

at 1:30pm to

, Northern Tasmania

Add to Calendar 2022-08-28 13:30:00 2022-08-28 15:00:00 Australia/Sydney From Mouldy Houses to Drying Timber Royal Society of Tasmania public lecture Meeting Room, QVMAG at Inveresk
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Meeting Room, QVMAG at Inveresk


Royal Society of Tasmania public lecture


  • David Rhys Tanton - drying processes and minimising discoloration of wood
  • Freya Su - climate data and its current relevance for hygrothermal simulation
  • Jack Tan - retrofitting buildings towards near net-zero goals

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Dr. Mark Dewsbury will briefly introduce the Centre for Architectural Science Tasmania (CAST). This will be followed by presentations by three current PhD candidates.


  • Rhys Tanton has been investigating the drying processes of Tasmanian Blackwood, Acacia melanoxylon (R.Br). His research has found correlation between environmental factors and discoloration; he aims to identify causes, and methods to minimize process induced discoloration.
  • Freya Su investigates climate data and its current relevance for hygrothermal simulation. In the new climate era with more intense storms and longer periods of rainy weather, wind-driven rain is becoming more common. However, rain data is not currently included in most Australian hygrothermal analyses; ignoring it is no longer an option.
  • Jack Tan’s research explores retrofitting to improve existing Australian dwellings towards near net-zero goals, focusing on local and international Indoor Environmental Qualities standards and green rating tools. The research goal is to inform energy efficiency and health and wellbeing impacts on Tasmania’s pre-2004 timber housing.


Free for members of the Royal Society of Tasmania
$6| General admission
$4| Students, QVMAG or TMAG Friends, and members of Launceston Historical Society

Full COVID vaccination and the wearing of face masks are highly desirable

For the Zoom webinar, register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details to join the webinar.

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