Structural timber elements: a pre-scheme design guide

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In the early stages of a new project, building designers are likely to ask questions such as: what should the structure be made from? Where should columns or walls be located? Is it a framed building or does it have loadbearing walls? How thick do walls and floors need to be? Structural timber elements: a pre-scheme design guide is an at-a-glance reference guide to structural timber options for use during the pre-scheme design process.
It is an essential resource for structural engineers, particularly those who have designed buildings out of steel and concrete but have not acquired significant experience with timber. Architects and other building designers, as well as students and lecturers, will also benefit from the comparative information on structural timber options. These include sawn timber, glulam, i-joists, unilam, cross-laminated timber, laminated veneer lumber and flitch beams. Highly illustrated with drawings, graphs and sizing tables, this book will help building designers to make efficient choices at the outset and avoid problems later in the design process. Introductory information on connections and costing guidelines will also assist at the pre-scheme stage..
The book was first conceived by Simon Smith, currently Chair of the TRADA Advisory Committee, who is a pioneer in the structural use of timber in the UK. James Norman of Bristol University has researched and written this book with assistance from TRADA members.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHigh Wycombe, United Kingdom
Commissioning bodyTRADA
Number of pages150
ISBN (Print)9781909594524
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016


  • Timber
  • Scheme
  • Design


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