26 June 2018

TRADA  bestseller now available for members to read online  

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TRADA’s much-lauded book Structural timber elements: a pre-scheme design guide 2nd edition has been hailed by experts as an ‘invaluable guide’ to the design process.


Developed for use as an at-a-glance comparative reference for structural timber options to assist with the pre-scheme design process, it is intended to help an experienced designer make the right decisions early in the design experience.  


The guide is aimed at structural engineers who may have designed buildings of steel and concrete but have not acquired significant experience in timber. However, it will also be useful to architects, building designers, lecturers and students. 


Lecturer Richard Harpin uses Structural timber elements: a pre-scheme design guide 2nd edition to teach structural design at Sheffield University. He says: “This book is an invaluable guide that we are using on a couple of modules, including a third-year multi-storey design, which would have traditionally been made out of steel and concrete, and an integrated design project on a brownfield site in Sheffield.


“Our students are very enthusiastic about designing in timber, and we have used this book to help them come up with sensible design concepts. We really like that it is written in an accessible style, with illustrations and span tables that clearly set out the design process, providing a sensible starting point for students, so they know what is applicable and don’t stretch their ideas”.

The book draws on the twin resources of technical application and experience. It combines design data with the experience of several timber designers from a variety of practices. It also aims to raise the engineer’s awareness of issues that they may not consider at pre-scheme design stage for other materials. 

The second edition contains additional information on robustness, moisture, movement, typical moment connection capacities and long span beams, as well as several new drawings, graphs and sizing tables. There is also a large section on disproportionate collapse (whereby any damage done to a building should not be disproportionate to the original cause). 

Members can access Structural timber elements: a pre-scheme design guide 2nd edition quickly and easily. Simply click on the ‘Wood Information’ tab on the main menu bar and follow the link to ‘Books Online’. You can browse the book, skip to a specific chapter, or simply get a taste for whether it’s the book for you.


If you like what you see and want a hard copy of the book to share with colleagues for easy reference, visit the TRADA Bookshop. TRADA members enjoy 35% off all TRADA published books and special offers on other publishers’ books, including British Standards.


Members can view a plethora of free information, detailed drawings, charts, figures and guidance across all 28 TRADA titles online. We carry hundreds of authoritative books and publications online, dedicated to inspiring and informing best practice design, specification and use of wood in the built environment and related fields.


TRADA member discount of 35% applies to TRADA published books purchased at the TRADA Bookshop. Structural timber elements: a pre-scheme design guide 2nd edition costs £29.90 (RRP £46.00). Already logged in as a TRADA member? Read Structural timber elements: a pre-scheme design guide 2nd edition online for free now