WoodSolutions introduces a new technical guide written specifically for structural engineers to equip them with the knowledge required to confidently design mid-rise timber buildings.

Timber building systems are finding increasing application in mid-rise building construction, typically up to eight storeys high, creating a demand for engineering and design professionals familiar with their requirements. This surge in the use of timber systems – both traditional stick framing and newer mass timber options, or a combination of both – has been facilitated by changes to the National Construction Code that now allow Deemed to Satisfy timber solutions in all building classes. This trend is also driven by the commercial and environmental advantages of timber building systems.

However, this developing building trend has also seen a corresponding rise in the demand for suitably skilled professionals who can specify and optimise timber building systems. Since structural engineers have the final say in deciding which structural material is used in a project, their opinion is being sought by developers and design teams working with timber systems.

The new WoodSolutions technical design guide, Mid-rise Timber Building Structural Engineering equips these structural engineers with the latest information on timber building systems so that they can confidently design a mid-rise timber building. The 200+ page guide has two parts:

Part 1 includes an overview of the typical structural design process for a mid-rise timber building, and more detailed explanations, considerations and assumptions for specific structural element design.

Part 2 comprises appendices with detailed worked examples of the design process for major structural building elements.

Appendix 1: Worked Example for a Timber-framed Apartment Building

Appendix 2: Worked Example for a CLT Mass Timber Apartment Building