Wood-based materials

Wood-based materials

Date Published

28 August 2022

Document Type




Since the invention of durable weatherproof adhesives in the last 100 years there has been continuous development of a variety of wood-based products, either as panels or as structural sections that can be used instead of solid wood.

Key Information

Building up panels or structural sections from peeled veneers, strands, chips or small sections of solid wood makes the most of the wood resource and minimises waste.

Modern adhesive bonds are stronger than the solid wood components so that glued joints do not diminish the overall strength of the section. In fact, incorporating glass or carbon fibre in the adhesive layers has been used to substantially improve the overall structural strength of the sections.

Structural calculations for “engineered” timber components of this sort do not have to
allow for the natural variation in strength that must be factored in when designing with solid
timber components because the material is consistent in quality throughout the full section.

Case studies

Norfolk County Council chose the Sheppard Robson/Ramboll design for its first Academy through a competitive bid process via the Academies Framework.

Knox Bhavan Architects was appointed to remodel a Victorian house in Dulwich which had been poorly converted into three flats in the 1960s and to reconvert it into a family home.