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The Case for Mass Customisation of Structural Timber Design

Livingstone, Andrew; Menendez, Jesus; Leitch, Kenneth; Hairstans, Robert


Jesus Menendez


This paper reports on the potential of timber for structural applications in the
international construction market, particularly in the light of its environmental
credentials and the advances being made in engineered timber products. The UK market
is examined with a specific emphasis on the residential sector, given the target of the
UK Government to deliver three million new energy-efficient zero carbon and
sustainably built homes by 2020, with a 33% reduction in combined initial and whole
life cost of the constructed asset. The paper also reports on the work being undertaken
to remove the barriers to timber specification for such applications, through the
provision of structural design and detailing tools. These new tools allow a mass
customised approach to be taken, facilitate research into practice and improve design
efficiency through simplification.

Conference Name Structures Congress 2015
Start Date Apr 23, 2015
End Date Apr 25, 2015
Online Publication Date Apr 17, 2015
Publication Date Apr 17, 2015
Deposit Date Apr 13, 2015
Publisher American Society of Civil Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 2804-2814
ISBN 9780784479117
Keywords Mass customisation; Design for manufacture and assembly; BIM; Offsite; Modern methods of construction; Timber; EuroCode 5;
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