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Tech design guide for mid rise timber building

The increasing use of timber building systems in mid-rise construction is creating a demand for engineering and design professionals familiar with their requirements. The new WoodSolutions Technical Design Guide, Mid-rise Timber Building Structural Engineering has been written to address this need by providing structural engineers with the information they require to confidently design a mid-rise timber building. Source: Timberbiz

Mid-rise buildings, effectively those three to eight storeys, have recently experienced a surge in the use of timber systems both traditional stick framing and newer mass timber options, or a combination of both.

This market movement has been facilitated by changes to the National Construction Code that now allow Deemed to Satisfy timber solutions in all building classes and driven by the commercial and environmental advantages of timber systems.

With more developers and design teams looking to examine timber construction options, the need for suitably skilled professionals who can specify and optimise them is on the rise.

One of the most important roles in the project team is the structural engineer, as they usually have the final say in which structural material is used in a project.

The new WoodSolutions Technical Design Guide, Mid-rise Timber Building Structural Engineering has been written to give structural engineers the latest state-of-the-art design information so they can confidently design a mid-rise timber building.

The 200+ page guide has two parts. The first part includes an overview of the typical structural design process for a mid-rise timber building, and more detailed explanations, considerations and assumptions for specific structural element design.

The second part of the guide comprises of appendices with detailed worked examples of the design process for major structural building elements. Included in the first version of the guide are:

Appendix 1: Worked Example for a Timber-framed Apartment Building, and

Appendix 2: Worked Example for a CLT Mass Timber Apartment Building

“Two years in the making, this comprehensive new guide is set to become an invaluable resource for structural engineers and will enable more projects to take advantage of the many advantages of timber building systems,” said Eileen Newbury, National Program Manager WoodSolutions.
The new guide and appendices are available from