Timber frame: modern and truly sustainable

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Dr Robert Hairstans, Head of the Centre for Off-site Construction & Innovative Structures at Edinburgh Napier University, outlines the advantages of off-site construction techniques with sustainability in mind.

Timber, in many respects, is the ideal construction material. It is strong in both tension and compression, it has a high strength to weight ratio and can be relatively easily worked. If appropriately sourced, timber can be considered truly sustainable. Primarily, however, man has used timber as a building material because it tends to be readily available in most habitable regions of the world.

Article from the TRADA Timber Industry Yearbook 2011

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