Aimed at developers, investors and policy makers, Timber Typologies outlines the variety of build options and methodologies available for low carbon timber construction and details the sort of building types each method is suitable or appropriate for.

Written with Waugh Thistleton Architects, the book is intended as a primer or beginners guide to the variety of timber solutions available. It will help decision makers understand the options open to them and make the right choices to deliver the best outcomes.

“Timber is vital when it comes to decarbonising construction,” said David Hopkins, chief executive at TDUK. 

“However, if it is going to realise its full potential, we can no longer talk in simple generic terms about this material. We need to be specific about the systems and approaches available and the benefits and risks each of these can bring.

“We still see enormous amounts of misinformation and misunderstanding when it comes to timber,” said Alastair Ogle, associate at Waugh Thistleton Architects.

“Clients, local authorities and even insurers don’t seem to understand that all of these things they refer to as ‘timber’ are in fact a wide range of completely different build systems with very different properties.”

Timber Typologies is the first in a trio of books aimed at increasing understanding options among the decision makers. It will be accompanied by Timber Policy – a guide to the variety of ways countries and city authorities are encouraging timber construction around the world, and Timber LCA, examining comparisons of lifecycle analysis between buildings constructed of different materials.

You can download Timber Typologies for free from the Timber Development UK website.