Timber has been used as a building material since man first walked the earth. Its sustainable, strong, good looking, and easy to manipulate. Its readily grown all over the planet, in a variety of forms.

In this section I include all my slides that cover the use of Timber in construction, from the building regulations to planning, the various British standards together with how its sold, sizes and length.

"Wood is universally beautiful to man. It is the most humanly intimate of all materials." - Frank Lloyd Wright

How far can a timber span safely, the TRADA tables are the standard authority on span load and spacing for :

  • Pitched Roofs
  • Flat Roofs
  • Ceilings
  • Suspended floors
TRADA Tables

When we specify timber for almost any detail, it is best to understand what are the standard sizes available from the mill's using the correct size will reduce waste

Softwood Standard Sawn Sizes