Design of timber structures Volume 1

Design of timber structures
Design of timber structures

Design of timber structures Volume 1

Date Published

22 September 2022

Document Type



Design of timber structures

Structural design involves choosing the dimensions of load-bearing members and modelling the load-bearing structure with regard to the requirements set for material resistance, performance and durability during the service life of the structure.

Structural design is based on verification. The aim of this verification is to show that the actual requirements are fulfilled for the chosen
material, dimensions and structural system. This verification can be achieved by calculation or testing, or by a combination of the two.

The design working life is the period for which it is assumed a structure is going to be used for its intended purpose, with anticipated maintenance but without major repair being necessary. A design working life of 50 years for buildings and 100 years for bridges is often recommended.

Key Information

Design of Timber Structures Vol 1 is the first in a set of 3 comprehensive design and engineering manuals published by Swedish Wood and Timber Development UK.

The 3-volume set is an ideal career-long companion for all levels of designer, from student to experienced professional.

Volume 1 gives insight to all Structural Aspects of Timber in Construction, with product information, design formulas and much more.

Volume 2 is a detailed guide to the Rules and Formulas according to Eurocode 5

Volume 3 provides real life examples of buildings using timber in construction and is a useful guide for all designers.

Case studies

The new Maritime Museum, completed in 2002, is set between the town centre and the large warehouses of the docks. Here it provides a focus for local identity and attracts the visitors on which the Cornish economy now depends.

The Macallan, the distinguished single malt whisky, has been produced in Speyside since 1824, and its new building is set into the sloping contours of the estate grounds.