Designing the Future of Stratco Smart Roof Products

Location: Cavan, Adelaide, SA

Duration: 5 or 6 months

Proposed start date:  ASAP

Project Background

Stratco have been manufacturing metal roofing products for 70+ years and whilst their base material has improved in strength, coatings for corrosion protection and pre-painted for aesthetics, the profiles and therefore its functionality within the dwelling has not. They have developed solar roofs that are a building-integrated photovoltaic system (BIPV), however this is not a cost effective “entire roof” system nor does it allow for the changing climate conditions.

Research to be Conducted

Develop a clear pathway for future roofing products that will support building practices within Australia, accommodate our changing environment and offer features to improve the dwellings sustainability, this includes:

  • New materials
  • New product designs
  • New product features

In undertaking this project, the successful student will have access to Stratco’s current product range, materials, product testing, current standards and building codes. They will also be able to engage with Stratco’s internal civil engineers are required to discuss concepts. The company’s mechanical engineering team will also be available to assist the student when required.

Skills Required

We are looking for a PhD student who can research relevant data to map the changing environment in relation to this project and offer more accurate parameters for the materials and design of an alternative product. Ideally students should have the following knowledge/background:


  • Sustainable construction
  • Climate change
  • Environmental influences


  • An understanding of general building practices within Australia

Expected Outcomes

The research will result in a report that justifies proposed concepts and feasibility for the recommended design.

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of their time on-site with the industry partner.  The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

Applications Close

24 July 2019


APR – 0826