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
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...
This document contains a fully comprehensive list of all the most up to date Wood Information Sheets (WIS) published by TRADA. Available to members for free or non-members for £12.00, these Wood Information Sheets provide technical guidance related to almost every timber topic under the sun.
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Dan Bradley reports on an international research project that hopes to develop an alternative.