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Expressed Hardwood Structures
IntroductionThis guide provides ideas and
design information to assist in the development of expressed native
timber structures in buildings. Basic information on how to
determine structural form, typical connections and timber use are
The use of hardwoods as expressed internal
structural elements represents the most ‘complete’ application of
hardwood in construction. The three major attributes of Australian
hardwood- high strength to weight, durability and beauty are all
‘expressed’ in the final result.
Combined with the natural
fire resistance properties of many hardwoods, these attributes make
high value applications, such as structures for public buildings, a
natural choice for the material.
The success of specialist,
non-domestic structures depends on the fusion of design and
engineering disciplines. The structural form is dependant as much on
the desired feel of the space as it is on structural requirements.
Australian timbers offer a wide range of options and may also be
successfully blended with other building materials such as steel,
concrete and glass.
- AS1720 Timber Structures – Design Methods, Standards
Australia, Homebush, 1997
- Timber Manual, National Association of Forest Industries Ltd.,