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Non-Domestic Decks, Boardwalks & Light Vehicular Traffic Structures

Non-domestic decking - decking and glasshouse
This application guide provides details on the design, specification and construction of timber decks for non-domestic applications such as board walks, viewing platforms and light vehicle traffic structures.

Load scenarios are taken from AS1170.1(see note 1) and include: light pedestrian loads (4.5 kN concentrated load), heavy pedestrian traffic (9.0 kN concentrated load) and light vehicular traffic (13 kN concentrated load). In all instances an allowance has been made for uniformly distributed loads of up to 5.0 kPa. For heavier loads refer to AS1720.1 and seek engineering assistance.



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  • Span tables in this document were prepared using Timber Solutions (structural engineering program), parameters prepared by Project X Consulting Engineers, Rouse Hill, NSW.
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