This section contains information on timber design and construction compliance related to fire, acoustics, building classes, environmental impact, thermal performance and quality assurance. Additionally, it specifically covers MRTFC (Multi-Residential Timber Framed Construction) and AS 1684, a four-part Australian Standard covering compliance for timber framing.
Bushfires are becoming more frequent around the world and are increasingly severe. The decision to build or rebuild in bushfire-prone areas requires a considered design approach in order to minimise risks.
Taking into account a range of design considerations can help to protect timber buildings from fire.
WoodSolutions Technical Guide 40, Building Timber-framed Houses to Resist Wind, has been written by specialists to enable designers and builders to understand and comply with the requirements of AS 1684.
Construction design can contribute greatly to maximising comfort and to minimising non-renewable energy consumption. Timber frame buildings are now being designed to meet low energy construction standards, as timber has a high standard of thermal comfort while consuming minimal non-renewable energy.
A look at some of the environmental requirements, guidelines and considerations for designing and building with timber.
Environmentally friendly housing design principles using traditional timber construction aid informed decision making by designers, architects, builders, developers, home buyers and building authorities.
General information on fire and sound rated systems to assist with selection for MRTFC projects.
The Building Code of Australia (BCA) regulates materials that are used in construction of Class 2 to 9 buildings (not single family homes). These are stipulated by "Specification C1.10".
This specification sets out the requirements in relation to the necessary fire hazard properties of materials and assemblies in Class 2 to 9 buildings other than floor, wall and ceiling covering and linings.
This specification sets out the requirement for Wall and ceiling linings for different building types, location within the building and whether it is sprinkled or not