Bracing for non-domestic timber trussed rafter roofs
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Timber trussed rafters are light-weight structural components which are widely used as an economical means of roof framing.
This guidance document provides information for use by designers to justify the extension and possible modification of extrapolations from the guidance provided in BS 5268-3 for bracing of domestic scale trussed rafter roofs, although the information also has a bearing on meeting wind bracing and robustness requirements.
An overview of alternative design methods for non-domestic roof bracing is also provided with illustrative design examples. Practicability issues and resolution of conflicting codified recommendations concerning fixing of bracing are also addressed.
- The relative stiffening effect of progressive degrees of bracing
- Contribution of roof covering materials
- Ceiling level stiffness
- Behaviour of roof with respect to number of trusses
- Roof behaviour beyond serviceability levels
- General comments on roof behaviour
- Roof construction quality
- Bracing connections
- Summary of bracing design methods
- Other aspects of roof construction in relation to effective bracing
- Design examples
- Example 1: Bracing design formulae for trussed rafter roofs
- Example 2: Ceiling plane bracing design for a roof with no ceiling boards
There are a number of ways to design and construct pitched roofs using timber. Traditionally, builders constructed them on site, cutting and fitting each piece to its neighbours. Following the Second World War, various forms of prefabricated truss were developed, with the intermediate rafters and purlins cut and fitted on...
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...
This information sheet is an extrapolation of the standard bracing requirements given in BS 5268-3 extended to cover 'Room in the Roof' trussed rafters. All the information given here should be read in conjunction with the requirements of that standard.
- Why brace trussed rafter roofs?
- Bracing responsibility ...