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Advice Notes

Our Technical Committee are working hard to bring you a series of advice notes relating to Timber Frame, Solid Wood and Structural Insulated Panels.

14 Robustness of CLT Structures - Part 5 - CLT structural design and manufacturing quality assurance

For STA Members Only!

Part 5 - CLT structural design and manufacturing quality assurance

Part 5 provides good practice guidance for the design and manufacturing quality assurance of panelised Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) building structures.

(Published March 2017)    

 

14 Robustness of CLT Structures - Part 4 - Construction process best practice

For STA Members Only!

 Part 4 - Construction process best practice

Part 4 provides good practice guidance for the installation of panelised Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) building structures.

(Published March 2017)   
 

14 Robustness of CLT Structures - Part 3 - Key principles for good practice detailing for the external envelope of CLT

For STA Members Only!

 Part 3 - Key principles for good practice detailing for the external envelope of CLT

Part 3 provides good practice guidance for the design and concept detailing for the external envelope of panelised Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) building structures.

(Published March 2017)  
 

14 Robustness of CLT Structures - Part 2 - Key principles for CLT wall to foundation interfaces

For STA Members Only!

 Part 2 - Key principles for CLT wall to foundation interfaces

Part 2 provides good practice guidance and concept details on the interface of CLT wall panels and foundation support for heated buildings such as dwellings, hotels, school buildings and offices.

(Published March 2017) 

 

14 Robustness of CLT Structures - Part 1 - Key principles for moisture durability

For STA Members Only!

 Part 1 - Key principles for moisture durability

The purpose of these advice notes is to provide good practice guidance for the design, concept detailing and installation of panelised Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) building structures.

(Published March 2017)

 

12.1 Specifying Metal Fasteners

Available to STA members only!

This document provides technical information and guidance for designers to specify the correct fasteners to fix together wood based structural members exposed to Service Class 1 and 2 design environments.
 

11.Parapet wall coping principles for structural timber frame

Available to STA Members Only!

The architectural detailing for parapets and gable wall details will involve a coping detail which visually joins the cladding to the structure behind it. The coping details can be stone or lightweight materials although lightweight materials are advised for structural timber buildings. When the building structure comprises timber frame the support of the coping must take account of the movement of the framing used. This advice note is to provide guidance on the detailing to ensure good practice and robust solutions.

 

10. Timber Stud Frame Separating Walls

Available to STA Members Only!

 Updated Advice note 10  on Fully Filled Party Wall Installation Guidance now with Robust Details endorsement.


 

9.2 - CDM Regulations for Domestic Clients

CDM 2015 regulations are applicable to all. This Advice Note provides information for STA self-build members supply chain on the duties and roles under CDM. 
 

9.1 CDM Regulations for STA Members

Available to STA members only! 

To provide STA members and their customers with a brief reference on the Construction (Design & Management) regulations, CDM 2015 that come into force on 6th April 2015.

 

8.1 Thermal imaging cameras

Available to STA members only!

The use of thermal imaging cameras enhances site security and gives excellent cover for sites. The STA are issuing this advice note to members to give to their customers, as part of our ongoing policy to ensure good practice.

 

7.5 Fire robustness design of escape routes during the construction process

Available to STA members only!

This advice note provides design information on the subject of escape distances for workmen exiting a building that is under construction. It is part of a series of advice notes on the fire robustness of structural timber buildings. This document is written to be of use to structural timber site contractors, principle contractors, persons responsible for CDM compliance and project planners. This guidance is written to compliment Step 8 of the STA 16 Steps guidance.

 

7.1 Fire robustness design concepts for the in-service life of the building

Available to STA members only!

This advice note provides generic information on the subject of robustness against fire and has been written to be of use to developers, end users, insurance companies, third party businesses and designers.

 

6.2 Thermal performance - Information for house builders addressing Part L 2013 updates for new dwellings

Available to STA members only!

This advice note focuses on the Fabric elements of Part L. It is not a design guide, but an introduction to the regulation with reference to structural timber frame. STA members are capable of working with architects, designers and house builders to provide commercial solutions for quality, energy performance buildings.
 

6.1 Thermal performance - Fabric first approach to thermal performance

Available to STA members only!

The thermal performance of a structural timber solution addresses airtightness, U-values and thermal bridging. Some members provide windows as part of the package and this is added to the combination of solutions. The Building Regulations allow freedom to change components in the assessment, provided that the specification meets all other provisions within the appropriate Building Regulation Approved Document, in particular the limiting fabric parameters.
 

5.2 Timber Floor Structures

Available to STA members only!

Floor structures are engineered, designed and built to achieve structural compliance as well as acoustic, fire and, in some instances, thermal performance.

 

5.1 Podium Support Structures

Available to STA members only!

Guidance on the allowable deflections in timber structures
 

4.3 Timber Frame Wall Tolerances

Available to STA members only!

Advice on the best practice erecting tolerances for walls in timber structures
 

4.2 Sole plate tolerances

Available to STA members only!

Advice on best practice tolerances for sole plates for timber structures

 

4.1 Foundation tolerances

Available to STA members only!

Advice in the acceptable tolerances for foundation support to timber structures

 

3. Introduction to the construction of commercial timber frame buildings

Available to STA members only!

General guidance for end users on information on the applications of timber in buildings.

 

2. Design life of timber frame buildings

Available to STA members only!

End user information on the in service durability of timber frame buildings.

 

1.2 CE Marking and the timber frame industry - FAQ

Available to STA members only!

Questions and answers on the legal requirements of CE marking for the timber frame industry.

 

1.1 CE Marking and the timber frame industry - intro

Available to STA members only!

Information for the timber frame components and building systems supply chain to comply with the legal requirements of CE marking

 
 
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