Innovation and sustainability. Wood products for architects

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Recent advances in timber technology and engineering have expanded the potential of building with wood. The development of new products and component manufacturing has allowed the construction of longer spans, the erection of multi-storey timber frame buildings, the forming of compound curved surfaces, the volumetric prefabrication and modular systems and durable, non-toxic claddings and finishes.

This brochure, published by wood. for good. keeps architects abreast of the new developments in timber engineering and lists the benefits and applications of a number of timber innovations including glulam, plywood, heat treated wood and engineered timber beams.


  • Glulam
  • An innovative building material
  • A sustainable building material
  • Plywood
  • Engineered timber beams
  • Timber frame
  • Roof trusses
  • Room in the roof
  • Windows
  • Cladding
  • Heat treated wood
  • Wood flooring

Suggested Reading

List of Wood Information Sheetsnavigation-arrow

This document contains a fully comprehensive list of all the most up to date Wood Information Sheets (WIS) published by BM TRADA. Available to members for free or non-members from £12.00, these Wood Information Sheets provide technical guidance related to almost every timber topic under the sun.



  • Timber...

10/05/2021 |  Wood Information Sheet  

Storing timber and wood-based products on building sitesnavigation-arrow

Timber is a reasonably resilient material, but bad handling and poorly organised storage on building sites are major causes of damage and wastage.

This can affect your building costs, particularly for 'specials' or materials with a long delivery time. Replacements or remedial works may delay completion and result in...

01/01/2012 |  Choose and Use  

Trussed raftersnavigation-arrow

Widely used for a range of building types, trussed rafters are an economical, versatile and straightforward solution to providing a roof over a building.


Trussed rafters are individually designed prefabricated structural components made from strength-graded timber members of the same thickness, joined together with punched metal plate connectors. Available...

21/12/2020 |  Wood Information Sheet