The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) researchers are joining an international research consortium to develop large-span timber buildings for a range of uses.

The Structural Innovation Timber Company (STIC) is made up of New Zealand and Australian businesses, universities and research organisations.

UTS researchers are being given more than $1.6 million dollars to examine timber floors for multi-storey timber buildings, with the aim of developing structural systems to ensure high-quality, long-term structural, acoustic, seismic and fire performance.

Keith Crews, who is heading up the project, says it would advance sustainable timber construction as a viable alternative in large-scale projects. He says sustainability principles would underpin all aspects of the research and construction.

STIC will fund six research projects over the next four years.