STP1351

    History of Timber Construction

    Published: Jan 2000


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    Abstract

    The history of timber construction is presented from prehistoric to modern times, from the simple hut to multi-purpose halls, from trial-and-error construction to one based on engineering design and analysis, from simple beams and posts to modern spatial systems. The development of common timber construction forms and methods are briefly discussed. Wood, our only basic renewable resource, has been an important part of man's built environment. For this to continue in the future, developments in timber engineering and related technologies should meet the needs and challenges demanded by building occupants and by society, in general.

    Keywords:

    history, timber, wood, structures, house, building


    Author Information:

    Foliente, GC
    Principal research scientist and project leader, CSIRO Building, Construction and Engineering, Highett, Victoria


    Paper ID: STP13370S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E06.21

    DOI: 10.1520/STP13370S


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