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Timber: a Neglected Structural Material (the Role of Education and CPD)

Ask most people in the UK to name two properties of timber and they will reply ‘it rots’ and ‘it burns’. Ask the same question in almost any other developed country and they will quote properties such as versatility, workability, strength, beauty, etc. No doubt, it is partly because the industrial revolution was started this country (for which we should be justly proud) that our tradition for steel and concrete construction has become so entrenched. Yet European counterparts, in maintaining a neutral stance over material selection, have allowed themselves far greater scope economy and flexibility of form in their structures. The objective of this feature is to encourage teaching of timber engineering and a greater use of timber in primary structural applications. The feature forms part of a wider campaign by UKTEG to increase awareness, encourage debate and define specific courses of action concerning its subject-matter. UKTEG

Keywords: timber;properties;education;cpd;applications