Design Against Risk By Selecting The Correct Timber

In the building industry every project will have unique design and construction requirements. Accurate and detailed documentation of the most suitable structural design will assist greatly in minimising construction problems and challenges and ensure projects are completed in a timely manner.  The correct design will support the interpretation of the client brief

Selecting The Most Appropriate Timber

To correctly specify and utilise timber, particularly for exposed locations, it is critical to firstly assess the potential hazards for the specific application. Hazards include things like moisture, sunlight, fungi, termites and other wood-eating insects. Specify the appropriate timber species or treatment level to match the service life requirement. The quality and reliability of fixings, detailing of connection points and coatings should match these selections so that the hazards are reduced to lessen or reduce the need for regular maintenance. Where possible, allow water to freely run off surfaces when it is exposed, and make sure the timber can dry out if it gets wet.

 

Use Of Detailed Drawings

Detailed drawings and specifications will help eliminate installation problems. The specifications should provide clear instructions on the intent and construction requirements and expected performance of timber used in the project.  Specific attention should be given to the elimination or control of moisture being exposed to timber particularly for lower durability species.

 

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