Timber frames are often used in multi-residential (townhouses, villas), low and mid-rise apartment buildings and can be designed to achieve the required fire and acoustic performance. Lightweight timber frames are ideal for redevelopments, refurbishments or additions to existing buildings.
Multi-residential timber framed construction use fire and sound-rated timber framed wall and floor systems to provide acoustic separation between adjacent apartments.
LVL’s high strength and stiffness makes it particularly suitable for use in lower storey walls and longer span floor systems in multi-residential buildings.
Lightweight timber frames in multi-residential and commercial buildings must be designed by an engineer for the specific loads in the building.
Useful links for Design Guides can be found at Wood Solutions as per the following:
Design Guide 01 Timber-framed Construction for Townhouse Buildings Class 1a;
Design Guide 02 Timber-framed Construction for Multi-residential Buildings Class 2 & 3, Design Guide 03 Timber-framed Construction for Commercial Buildings Class 5, 6, 9a
Design Guide 27 Rethinking apartment Building construction – Consider Timber
Design Guide 37 Mid-rise Timber Buildings