Taking timber beyond traditional boundaries
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Timber is a natural, hygroscopic, anisotropic material that must be properly understood if it is to be used efficiently within the built environment. With good silvicultural practices timber can be sourced responsibly and converted (with relatively low energy requirements) to provide environmentally sound construction products. Combining timber construction components appropriately through holistic design, informed detailing and quality assured building practices will result in a highly energy efficient building fabric that provides user comfort.
Article from Timber 2016 Industry Yearbook
Timber is one of the most common materials on a building site but is often one of the least respected. Despite being reasonably resilient and able to withstand a certain amount of abuse without damage, a lack of care both before and during the construction process can affect wood products...
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...
Dan Bradley reports on an international research project that hopes to develop an alternative.