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Concise illustrated guide to timber connections

Peter Ross, Patrick Hislop, Hugh Mansfield-Williams, Adrian Young

This book illustrates the evolution of timber structures from medieval times to today, describing the materials used in connections. It explains the three connection types - all timber, metal connectors and adhesives - used in the principal assembly forms of timber structures. Connection principles are illustrated for beams, trusses, arches, portal frames, braced and unbraced frames, curved and double curved lattices, platform frame, panel systems and pole structures. It summarises the key factors contributing to load transfer, durability and fire resistance.

Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Evolution of timber structures
  • Materials used in connections
  • Types of connections
  • Connections for various assembly forms
  • Fire resistance and durability
  • Design
  • Appendix: Calculation plans for dowel-type fasteners

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External timber cladding

Patrick Hislop, Peter Kaczmar, Lewis Taylor

Timber cladding is increasingly popular with building owners and architects seeking to exploit timber's unique visual appeal and environmental credentials.

This enlarged and illustrated book is the definitive guide to the specification, design and installation of timber cladding in the UK. 

Contents:
  • Timber for external cladding
  • Types of cladding
  • Timber selection and quality
  • Protection 
  • Detail design
  • Storage and installation
  • Maintenance
  • Softwoods used for cladding
  • Hardwoods used for cladding
  • Specification checklist

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Innovative timber construction

Robin Lancashire and Lewis Taylor

Innovative timber construction expands on the alternative forms of timber construction mentioned in Timber frame construction 5th edition: structural insulated panels, engineered stud walls, cross-laminated timber panels, twin stud walls. It explains how these forms achieve high thermal performance and shows the assembly of floors, walls and roofs, with provision for insulation and building services. It includes details for foundations, corners, ridges, eaves and windows.

Contents:

  • Introduction
  • SIPs
  • Engineered stud
  • Cross-laminated timber
  • Twin stud walls
  • Looking ahead

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Timber decking: Professionals' manual

Patrick J Hislop

The use of timber for external decking has a long history ranging from its use as medieval walkways in the fens, to the verandas, railways platforms, piers and jetties of the nineteenth century. In major timber growing areas of the world, such as North America and Scandinavia, wood was used for sidewalks in the cities and lasted for many years before eventually being replaced by paving.

This book covers a number of different topics relating to decking including, the advantages of using timber, timber's overall performance, and a list of span tables, all of which make this book the ultimate best practice guide to timber decking.

Contents:

  • Uses of timber for decking
  • Pre-planning
  • Performance
  • Substructure
  • Deck boards
  • Superstructure
  • Construction
  • Finishing and maintenance
  • Appendix I: Timbers for decking
  • Appendix II: Span tables


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Timber frame construction: designing for high performance (5th edition)

Robin Lancashire and Lewis Taylor

Timber frame construction, the acknowledged 'bible' for timber frame, has been in demand since its first edition in 1988.

This new edition comes at an exciting and challenging time for the UK construction industry. As 'zero carbon' comes even closer, timber frame is well placed to meet these demands. We have considered improvements in the elemental U-values, air-tightness, thermal bridging and party wall thermal bypass and incorporated these in this revision.

In this 5th edition, we have addressed the key areas of air-tightness, thermal performance and thermal bridging by introducing an insulated service zone on the inner face of the timber frame external walls.

This book takes into consideration the significant changes in regulation related to timber frame construction since its last edition. The most significant of these regulatory changes are the introduction of Eurocode 5, the Code for Sustainable Homes and the inclusion of U-values for party walls in both the England and Wales Approved Document L: Conservation of fuel and power and the Energy section of the most recent Scottish Technical Standards.

Timber frame construction draws together the requirements of the building regulations, other recognised guidance (such as industry publications) and TRADA Technology's recommendations for 'best practice' in order to create the definitive guide to timber framing.

Contents:

  • Timber frame construction: an overview
  • Foundations
  • Ground floors
  • Walls
  • Party walls
  • Intermediate floors
  • Party floors
  • Roofs
  • Cladding
  • Services
  • Appendix 1: Timber and wood-based materials
  • Appendix 2: Materials data
  • Appendix 3: Materials data
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Full list of online books

Title

Date

Access

Acoustic performance of party floors and walls in timber framed buildings 2000 2
British Grown Hardwoods - The Designers' Handbook 1996 2
Concise illustrated guide to timber connections 2012 4
External solar shading with wood: a design guide for architects 2012 4
External timber cladding 2013 4
Green oak in construction 2007 4
Hardwoods in construction 1991 2
House from the rising sun - Lessons from the Japanese housing delivery experience 1998 5
Innovative timber construction 2012 4
Low energy timber frame buildings 2011 4
Medium-rise timber frame: A best practice benchmarking guide 1999 2
Off-site and modern methods of timber construction: a sustainable approach 2010 4
Reinstatement of timber frame buildings after fire 2002 5
Resin repairs to timber structures: Volume 1 Guidance and selection 2000 5
Sealing timber floors - a best practice guide to floor preparation and the selection, application and maintenance of floor lacquers 2001 2
Seals for timber floors: A specification guide 2002 2
Structural Timber Composites Design Guide 1996 2
The site manager's pocket guide to timber frame 2009 4
The UK timber supply chain: improving management and reducing environmental impact 2003 2
Timber decking: Professionals' manual 2006 4
Timber for marine and fresh water construction 1974 2
Timber frame construction: designing for high performance (5th edition) 2011 4
Timber frame: Re-engineering for affordable housing 2000 2
Timber in contemporary architecture 2009 4
Timber in refurbishment 2010 4
Timber supply chain: environmental impacts 2003 5
Wood flooring: a professional's guide to installation 2009 4
Wood windows: Designing for high performance 2009 4