Specifying timber for healthy buildings

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The impact our buildings have on how we work, heal, learn and rest is highly significant, whether it is productivity in offices, patient recovery, student performance, or our own comfort at home – all are influenced by the indoor environment and the design, products and systems used to create and furnish our buildings.

 

Modern construction has seen a rise in the use of natural materials, including timber. This Wood Information Sheet (WIS) looks at the increasing evidence base that underpins the use of timber in construction, especially in interiors, where people will interact with materials either directly by visual or haptic senses, or indirectly through smell, air quality, humidity buffering and thermal comfort.

 

This WIS is an overview of the subject with signposts to more detailed sources that are listed at the end.

 

Contents

  • Biophilia and the connection to nature
  • Materials and indoor air quality
  • Regulations and certification
  • Perceptions of wooden surfaces and ‘wood preference’
  • Timber specification

Suggested Reading

List of Wood Information Sheetsnavigation-arrow

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.

 

Categories:

  • Timber -...

24/04/2019 |  Wood Information Sheet  

Acoustic performance in residential timber frame developmentsnavigation-arrow

The resistance to sound is not just a legal requirement; designers should take account of the expected transmission of sound between dwellings, between rooms and from outside, and design the walls and floors accordingly.

The Building Regulations require that occupants of a dwelling be 'reasonably protected' from noise...

10/04/2017 |  Wood Information Sheet  

Adhesive-bonded repair systems for structural timbernavigation-arrow

Although there is an increasing interest and application in using adhesive-bonded connections for new buildings, the main demand for this technology in the UK is for repairs to structural timbers. The original concept was aimed at repairing historic structures. However, the technology is increasingly being used for repairing modern materials...

21/04/2017 |  Wood Information Sheet