Many prefer the versatility of timber frame for panelised, volumetric and hybrid built off-site systems. Other suitable methods include timber post and beam, ‘mass’ construction using cross-laminated timber, and structural insulated panel systems. By moving the bulk of the construction processes into well-managed, factory conditions and performing the minimum installation work on site, these systems become more efficient and therefore more sustainable.
Off-site methods and controlled conditions are a good basis for improving quality and the author examines production concepts that can boost the efficiency of timber construction. He also explains the key considerations when designing buildings for off-site or industrialised construction and reviews the engineered timber products that lend themselves to this approach.
Off-site and industrialised timber construction explains how timber can be used to meet the imperative for high-quality, sustainable and efficient buildings. The second edition has been significantly expanded and also includes a new chapter of case studies.
Hairstans, R. (2019). Off-site and industrialised timber construction. (2nd). BMTRADA