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.
Rhys is a second year PhD researcher at UTas with Dr Mark Dewsbury and Dr Kyra Wood. Prior to undertaking RHD studies Rhys had worked within town planning and computational Geographic information mapping within Australia and the United Kingdom. Rhys is following his passion to improve the recovery rates and sustainable us of plantation timber.
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.
Freya is a PhD student in Mark Dewsbury’s architectural science lab at the University of Tasmania. Before embarking on her current studies, she assisted Mark in his lab and co-authored publications about condensation. In 2015, Freya founded Snug House Tasmania, conducting airtightness testing and energy efficiency assessments in a multi-disciplinary building design studio.
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.
Jack is in his second year PhD research at UTAS with Dr Mark Dewsbury and Dr Philippa Watson. He is a registered architect with the Board of Architects Singapore, the Design Director at UVEST architecture studio and a member of Singapore Institute of Architects (SMAP) committee with 25+ years’ experience in the private sectors.