High performance timber envelopes

Thermal and hygroscopic performance of timber-rich envelope systems in multi-residential buildings

Degree type


Closing date

27 March 2023



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

The contribution of wood products to the thermal and hygroscopic behaviour of multi-layer building envelope systems in different Australian climate zones is becoming increasingly important in the design of healthy, high thermal performance, low carbon buildings. Improved understandings of this heat and moisture movement given Australian solid wood and engineered wood products, temperate climates and construction practice is required. This project involves modelling of the thermal and hydroscopic performance of plantation hardwood-based CLT and similar timber-rich envelope systems in varied climate zones and validation of this modelling through empirical monitoring of selective test panels. Focusing on solutions suitable for mid-rise residential building, this research will consider water vapour diffusion through systems, establish the impact that material properties have on simulation-based envelope durability and thermal performance, and inform the design of durable envelope construction systems.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Mark Dewsbury


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Research or professional knowledge about vapour diffusion testing and hygrothermal simulation methods

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Mark Dewsbury to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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