Principles of green oak construction

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There is growing interest in green oak framing for a variety of reasons, from satisfaction in hand craftsmanship to the ecological advantages of using a renewable material.


This Wood Information Sheet (WIS) is an overview of the design and construction principles that specifiers should consider in order to ensure that green oak construction is correctly specified and that clients know what to expect.


The materials used, structural design and construction details are discussed, concluding with a helpful summary checklist of best practice tips for successful green oak buildings.


The content has been updated with some minor amendments and clarifications to the text and to incorporate references to the latest versions of British Standards and other documents cited.



  • Background
  • The material
  • Structural design
  • Construction detailing
  • Best practice tips for successful green oak buildings


This Wood Information Sheet was reviewed in March 2021. Minimal amendments have been made to update the references section.

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