Procuring engineered timber buildings: A client's guide

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Procuring engineered timber buildings: A client's guide highlights the important questions developers and other clients need to consider when reviewing the merits of engineered timber solutions for the structure of their building. The publication will assist TRADA members in providing answers to the following questions and may be shared with their clients.


What are the:

  • key considerations for engineered timber during design and construction?
  • perceived insurance risks?
  • physical limits of structural engineered timber?
  • benefits of using engineered timber for the building?
  • relevant issues for securing viable planning consent?
  • comparative risks in relation to value for this structural system/material?
  • sustainability and wellness credentials of buildings constructed using engineered timber?
  • particular marketing benefits of using engineered timber and can it boost my enterprise's reputation?
  • special long-term operational considerations to be aware of?



  • does the cost of building with structural engineered timber compare to building with other structural materials?
  • can building with structural engineered timber affect my overall programme?
  • well can design mitigate the major risks?
  • secure is the supply of engineered timber products?



  • is it important to understand the technical parameters imposed by building with engineered timber?
  • is getting the right team important for the viability of my project?

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