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Building Codes & Building Standards for Timber Construction

A review of standards and codes applicable in Australia for the design of timber construction.

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This section contains information on timber design and construction compliance related to fire, acoustics, building classes, environmental impact, thermal performance and quality assurance. Additionally, it specifically covers MRTFC (Multi-Residential Timber Framed Construction) and AS 1684, a four-part Australian Standard covering compliance for timber framing.


This section contains a report that is a review of the range of thermal insulation materials and products that manufacturers recommend as suitable for installation with timber floors.  The report aims to provide information and to initiate industry discussion in...

The objective of this Interim Standard is to provide recycled timber manufacturers, suppliers and users with requirements for visually grading recycled hardwood timber intended for use in decorative applications.

For structural...

The objective of this Interim Standard is to provide recycled timber manufacturers, suppliers and users with requirements for visually grading recycled hardwood timber intended for use in structural applications.

For decorative...

MRTFC (Multi-Residential Timber Framed Construction) is a certified fire and sound rated timber construction system conforming with the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for multi-residential buildings.

This section houses resources that...

The R-values for Timber-framed building elements publication provides authoritative estimates of the R-value of common building construction elements incorporating timber-framed construction, timber flooring, walls and roofs.

These...

Requirements for  the protection of houses from subterranean termites are defined in Part 3.1.3 of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). These requirements apply only to areas where there is a known risk of termite attack to buildings. Tasmania is excluded.

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Bolts, coach screws and timber connectors (split-rings and shear-plates) all have higher capacities than nails and screws, making them better suited to applications where a large load is imposed and there is limited space for fasteners.

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By following some basic acoustic design elements, better sound control can be provided for timber framed construction. Walls and floors which separate dwellings need to provide adequate resistance to the passage of sound. These sounds will either come from airborne...

Any wall or floor, which separates one dwelling from another, must provide adequate resistance to the passage of sound. These sounds will either come from airborne sources - such as speech, musical instruments and loudspeakers - or impact sources, such as footsteps and the moving of furniture....

AS 1684 Residential Timber Framed Construction is a four-part Australian Standard covering design criteria, building practices, tie-downs, bracing and span tables for timber framing members. It is also referred...

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