Novel materials series - Timber concrete composites
Date & Time

2 December 2021
12:30 - 13:45 BST

Members £45.50 + VAT 
Standard £70.00 + VAT 

Student member discount available; contact [email protected]
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Novel materials series - Timber concrete composites

Date & Time

2 December 2021
12:30 - 13:45 BST

Members £45.50 + VAT 
Standard £70.00 + VAT 

Student member discount available; contact [email protected]

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Novel materials and methods to achieve net zero - part 6 of 6.

The climate emergency is challenging engineers to consider a broader palette of non-traditional and/or novel structural materials. This webinar series looks at some of the alternatives, encouraging engineers to consider designing with these new materials and explaining how to deliver them successfully within projects.

This session focuses on timber concrete composite (TCC) floors - thin concrete slabs shear connected to timber joists or panels.  TCCs are ideal for the construction of affordable housing, city centre office blocks and school buildings. 

The advantages of TCC include:
  • low weight
  • low carbon footprint
  • high thermal mass
  • fire resistance
  • stiffness, strength and sustainability
With a relevant Eurocode technical specification soon to be released, TCC technology is poised to enjoy wide application.  Our panel will use recent examples to illustrate key technological, structural and low-carbon features of TCCs.

Learning outcomes:
  • Understand the benefits of using timber concrete composites, and when to use them
  • Gain a better understanding of pre-fabricated vs in-situ TCC
  • Hear about suitable connection details
  • Learn where structural design guidance can be found

About the series

This webinar is part 6 of a 6-part series on Novel materials and methods to achieve net zero. All webinars are recorded and available to purchase on-demand following the live broadcast. Benefit from a bundle discount when you book the series of six webinars here

1. How to get novel materials adopted on projects: R&D to construction - 21 April 2021
2. Designing with rammed earth - 18 May 2021
3. Designing with straw bale - 1 July 2021
4. Low carbon concrete technology - 9 September 2021
5. Key considerations for design and build of FRP road bridges - 20 October 2021
6. Timber concrete composites - 2 December 2021

Concerned about your time zone?
The webinar will be recorded and available to view on-demand for our international audience. On-demand access is included in the price of your webinar ticket.

Image: Timber framed building with timber concrete composite floors



James Norman

James worked in industry on a wide variety of projects and has designed in a variety of materials including steel, concrete, timber, earth, straw and glass. In 2015 James moved full time into academia where he teaches structural design with a focus on low carbon solutions, and has been publishing in this area including Conceptual Design of Buildings (IStructE) and Designing Timber Structures (TRADA).

Wendel Sebastian

Wendel conducts applied research to drive innovation across a spectrum of low-carbon structural forms including timber concrete composites, steel composites based on cement-free concrete and prestressed natural stone.  He was a UK member of COST Action FP1402, focused on translation of timber structures research into design guidance.  His in-situ testing of a 5-storey timber-framed building in London demonstrated the reliable performance of its timber concrete composite floors.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith is a design engineer at Arup with a background in analysis and design of composite structures including timber.  He has contributed to the development of a technical specification on timber concrete composites which will form part of the updated timber structures Eurocode (EC5).  Design of connections to allow for slip is an important focus of his work.


Email - [email protected]

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