Lightweight Structures

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.

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.