Timber building design options expanding

Timber building design options expanding

March 31, 2016

Timber building height increasing to 25 metres in the National Construction Code from May 1 has started a new phase for the timber and construction sectors, with designers and builders eager to explore new possibilities and design options for taller timber buildings.

The Frame 2016 conference will be held a few weeks later, and sessions will cover timber building systems in multi-residential construction, with presentations on the Code design opportunities and analysis of building cost comparisons.

Presenters include Andrew Dunn, CEO of the Timber Development Association on the most effective options for structural timber framing and mass timber as Deemed-to-Satisfy solutions within the new 25 metre height limit. Also a report on two cost studies of an 8 storey apartment building with 7 levels in timber, one designed in Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and another using the same layout but in timber framing.

Richard Smith, Cost Planner with MBM Consultancy will provide cost comparisons for the same 8 storey apartment building compared to a traditional concrete frame structure with analysis of the construction cost differences and savings, along with changes to the design approach and thinking for tall lightweight timber framed buildings.,

A complementary presentation “Design of structural connections for mid-rise lightweight timber framed buildings” by Joe Polder of Simpson Strong-Tie North America will include structural connections for taller timber buildings requiring large capacity lateral bracing, building overturning resistance, tie down and uplift connections. As a case study, analysis of structural connections required for the 7 levels of timber framed building will also be included.

Conference director Kevin Ezard said “The 2016 event Principal Supporter will again be WoodSolutions in their role of providing technical advice and assistance to designers and builders in achieving the construction benefits from new timber building systems now emerging, and at the same time improving future sustainability”.

For more information on timber visit WoodSolutions at www.woodsolutions.com.au

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