Laminated veneer lumber - LVL - is an engineered wood product that’s increasingly popular with the construction industry as it discovers LVL’s many advantages over traditional timber.
Wesbeam’s LVL is a lightweight, high-strength building product engineered from wood sourced from renewable, sustainable resources. Our range of LVL products is designed to span further, carry greater loads and withstand the tough Australian climate.
Wesbeam’s Design Centre provides high-level engineering and design advice in the use of Wesbeam’s products in free-standing residential, multi-residential and commercial structures in both LWF and mass timber.
Over 85% of fully and semi-detached homes built in Australia are constructed using lightweight timber framing. Lightweight timber framing is now also increasingly used in the construction of prefabricated multi-storey apartments.
With 15 years’ experience in the Australian LVL industry, our Tall Timber Building Systems division offers a range of high-performing structural LVL solutions for multi-residential and commercial mass timber applications specifically designed for Australian conditions.
Strong, sustainable timber. Readily available and lightweight for its strength, timber has been a trusted building material for centuries.
Wesbeam is Australia’s only LVL manufacturer and distributor - with a world class factory in Perth and next day delivery from Wesbeam distribution centres.
Timber roof, wall and floor frames are either built on site, ‘stick built’, prefabricated in a frame and truss factory or fully panelised by a commercial building prefabricator. Residential roof and wall frames are typically prefabricated in frame and truss factories as roof trusses and ‘pre-nail’ wall frames. Residential floor frames are typically assembled on site from I-joists, floor trusses, LVL or timber however in commercial buildings, prefabricated floor cassettes are increasingly used.
Pre-fabrication of the building frame in a controlled, factory environment improves the quality of the structural frame and significantly reduces on-site construction time.
Understand the features and benefits of lightweight framing and how it’s changing the way we think about building
Lightweight framing applications can be used as walls, floors and roof
Light timber framed floors are faster, drier and cleaner to construct than concrete floors, and have full strength as soon as they are installed
Lightweight wall frames consist of studs, top and bottom plates, lintels and noggings
Roofs can be many different shapes; including hip, gable, monoslope (skillion) or flat
Lightweight framing is ideally suited to construction that requires ease of transportation and rapid build time
The Wesbeam Design Centre works with many clients on lightweight framing plans