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During the course of the discussion, Professor Harris stated that the elliptical arch ribs carrying the road over the Claerwen Dam were of prestressed stone. If it is not too unseemly to hoist the President with his own petard, I must comment, 'Not so!'
The purpose of this paper is to outline some users' problems and matters of concern with regard to timber trussed rafters in the United Kingdom at the present time, and to discuss points relating to design, materials, fabrication, handling and fixing, and durability.
The use of timber roof trusses has, during the past few years, become widespread in housing construction in Ireland. This paper discusses the position of timber in the building industry, and sets out the criteria used in drafting the Irish Standard for trusses. Also discussed is the approach adopted for controlling manufacture to the requirements of the standard.