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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.


Fire Hazard Properties C1.10 Floor Coverings

A floor covering is required to have Critical Radiant Flux (CRF) greater than specified values dependent on building type, location within the building and whether or not a sprinkler system is to be installed. Where the building does not have...

In-grade testing helps to establish the true strength distribution of graded timber for some of the more commonly used structural species. It involves the sampling of commercially available timber stocks and full-sized lengths of commercially available material with...

Proof-grading commences with the preliminary sorting of the ungraded timber being produced by the mill into sub-groups, each of which will become a stress grade classification. An accepted and well-documented grading method is used for the preliminary sort. When...

New mid-rise advisory service offers FREE professional advice on any aspect of mid-rise timber buildings

Building design and construction professionals and property developers in Melbourne and Brisbane now have easier access to the benefits of timber framing and...

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In May 2019 the Australian National Construction Code will change to make it easier to build compliant timber framed or massive timber buildings of Classes 2 to 9 to an effective height of 25m (usually 8 storeys).

The new provisions...

Quality control over grading is important to ensure that products are able to deliver the performance that designers expect, and conform to the grade specifications of each of the timbers used in structural applications. This applies equally well to appearance...

As of 2004, most states and territories implemented, either through the Building Code of Australia (BCA) or independently, regulations which established minimal thermal requirements for residential buildings. The aim was to reduce operational energy usage for new...

Visual grading is the traditional method of determining a stress grade. It is still used for many structural products in Australia including most seasoned and unseasoned hardwoods, and unseasoned and thicker seasoned softwoods. It is also commonly used overseas...

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