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This section of the website explores the use of timber in construction.

Topics covered include:

  • Developments and good practice
  • Use as a structural material
  • Climate impact, carbon emissions and sustainable design

Resources and events

Conference
Completed view of the fourth floor

Reusing existing structures conference

The conference provides structural engineers with the latest practical tools and guidance for reuse, repurpose and refurbishment projects, enabling the transformation of existing structures and structural materials.

Date – 3 December 2024
Location – Institution HQ and onliine
Price – £35 - £325 + VAT
Course
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Timber workshop: design through worked examples

This one-day, online advanced practical workshop will teach complex timber engineering through worked examples. It encourages problem-solving through teaching tools and group discussion.

Date – 19 November 2024
Location – Online
Price – £295 - £445 + VAT
Course
Amesbury School detail

Eurocode 5: the essentials of timber design

This one-day, online course offers an introduction to timber design to Eurocode 5.

Date – 18 November 2024
Location – Online
Price – £295 - £445 + VAT
Course
TallWood House at Brock Commons interior

Floor vibration design and mitigation

This course introduces key concepts in vibration serviceability of building floors. Techniques for analysis, design and mitigation for satisfactory vibration performance are outlined, as well as their potential impact on sustainability of floor construction.

Date – 26 June 2024
Location – 47-58 Bastwick St, London, EC1V 3PS
Price – £295 - £445 + VAT
Webinar
Stairs and corridors under a timber roof.

Low carbon construction

Jointly presented by RIBA and The Institution of Structural Engineers, this webinar discusses integrative computational design, testing and construction within low carbon materials, including timber, bio-fibres and natural stone.

Date – 19 June 2024
Location – Online
Price – 0
Course
Historic timber structures

Historic timber structures: assessment and reuse

This one-day online course introduces timber as an engineering material, with a focus on its use in historic structures. It covers non-destructive techniques for condition assessment, and strategies for the reuse of heritage structures.

Date – 17 June 2024
Location – 47-58 Bastwick St, London, EC1V 3PS
Price – £295 - £445 + VAT
Webinar
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Novel materials: bio-based solutions

Discover how bio-based materials such as cork, whole-trees and Sugarcrete are reshaping the construction industry and how to use them successfully in your projects.

Date – 13 June 2024
Location – Online
Price – £45 - £70 + VAT
Course
Metal fastening systems for wooden products

Eurocode 5: connections and advanced topics in timber design

This one-day, online, practical course introduces timber connections in detail and several other advanced topics in timber design to Eurocode 5.

Date – 11 June 2024
Location – Online
Price – £295 - £445 + VAT
Course
Amesbury School detail

Eurocode 5: the essentials of timber design

This one-day, online course offers an introduction to timber design to Eurocode 5.

Date – 10 June 2024
Location – Online
Price – £295 - £445 + VAT

Featured events and resources

Guidance
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Timber and sustainability

This article discusses timbers and carbon, availability and end-of-life issues.

Date – 18 June 2020
Author – Sustainability Panel
Price – Free