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Domestic Decks

Blackbutt: indoors and outdoors
This application guide provides information on the specification, design, and construction of timber decks used for domestic purposes. This includes decks associated with Class 1 and 10 buildings as defined in the Building Code of Australia. Decks in this category are designed to withstand distributed loads of 3.0 kPa and point loads of 1.8 kN (refer to AS1170.1 - note 1).

A typical domestic deck system is shown in Figure 1 (under Construction Systems).


Domestic decking
Domestic decking - Japan



  • Timber Manual, National Association of Forest Industries Ltd., Canberra.
  • Residential Timber Decks, Timber Research and Development Advisory Council, Brisbane.

1. AS1170 Structural design actions - Permanent, imposed and other actions, Standards Australia, Homebush.