Introducing the National Structural Timber Specification

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The National Structural Timber Specification was launched in October 2015. Adrian Young explains how it can be used in practice.

The UK government's chief construction adviser, Peter Hansford, called it a 'milestone', but what exactly does the new National Structural Timber Specification (NSTS) mean for those at the coalface, the engineers tasked with using it?

Article from Timber 2016 Industry Yearbook

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