The Timber Cladding Handbook

Timber cladding
Timber cladding

The Timber Cladding Handbook

Date Published

26 October 2022

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Timber cladding

Timber cladding provides an attractive, economical and often unique way to finish and protect a building’s exterior. Its versatility makes it ideal for domestic and commercial projects – refurbished and new build. Wood’s natural properties bring added value too, that’s in addition to its proven sustainability as a renewable building resource. It’s got a lot going for it!

Correctly designed, specified and installed, timber cladding will have a long and low maintenance life. There is an abundance of information readily available to the specifier, buyer and installer of timber cladding – but depending on where you look, there is also conflicting and confusing advice out there.

This handbook aims to provide definitive guidance, as well as design inspiration, in a clear and easy to follow format with signposts to more comprehensive and trusted information should you need it. If some of the terms used are unfamiliar then the Glossary at the back of the handbook is a handy reference. The publication aligns with British Standards where applicable, making it both authoritative and consistent.

Produced in collaboration with the Timber Decking and Cladding Association, the Wood Protection Association and our educational partner Wood Campus, we hope this handbook will prove to be the ‘go to’ reference for all things timber cladding.

Case studies

The University Chaplaincy at the University of Edinburgh is in an elegant townhouse in George Square, the oldest Georgian square
in Edinburgh. The building form and materials, the use of a sedum roof covering and in particular the use of timber, contribute to a calm, peaceful space in a tranquil garden.

Bodegas Protos is a large collective winery based at Peñafiel, a small village near Valladolid in the Ribera del Duero wine-growing region of northern Spain. To respond to increasing demand and to modernise production, Bodegas Protos commissioned Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to design a new building, now complete, to process 1 million kilos of grapes a year