Off-site and industrialised timber construction: Delivering quality and efficiency

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Many prefer the versatility of timber frame for panelised, volumetric and hybrid built off-site systems. Other suitable methods include timber post and beam, ‘mass’ construction using cross-laminated timber, and structural insulated panel systems. By moving the bulk of the construction processes into well-managed, factory conditions and performing the minimum installation work on site, these systems become more efficient and therefore more sustainable.


Off-site methods and controlled conditions are a good basis for improving quality and the author examines production concepts that can boost the efficiency of timber construction. He also explains the key considerations when designing buildings for off-site or industrialised construction and reviews the engineered timber products that lend themselves to this approach.


Off-site and industrialised timber construction explains how timber can be used to meet the imperative for high-quality, sustainable and efficient buildings. The second edition has been significantly expanded and also includes a new chapter of case studies.


Professor Robert Hairstans is head of the Edinburgh Napier University, Centre for Offsite Construction + Innovative Structures (COCIS), where he leads on research, innovation and knowledge exchange activities designed to deliver construction technologies for tomorrow’s communities within a circular economy. His specialist expertise is in the fields of timber engineering and technology, with a focus on adding value to the supply chain and with an emphasis on off-site and industrialised forms of construction.



  • Introduction
  • Off-site construction and pre-manufacture
  • Industrialisation of timber construction
  • Design
  • Production and construction
  • Timber technologies and systems
  • Case studies
  • Appendices A-D
  • Bibliography