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NZ Wood Design Guides

The Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association (WPMA) in conjunction with Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ), Timber Industry Federation (TIF), Timber Design Society (TDS), Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA), Scion and Forest Growers Levy Trust (FGLT) represents the majority of New Zealand’s timber technical literature development. These organisations have grouped their resources to produce a comprehensive series of “One-Stop-Shop” Timber Design Guides to support the uptake of timber products in the construction industry.

The NZ Wood Design Guide project comes at a time when timber construction is pushing into commercial and multi-story buildings, as preferred material for prefabrication, seismic resilience properties, with strong environmental credentials and new construction techniques. It is an exciting time for timber with a lot of work yet to be done to realize the full potential of man’s oldest modern building material. The NZ Wood Design Guides project looks to provide a targeted suite of design guides to developers, engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, building consent officials and other professionals to enable the uptake of the new breed of engineered wood products and timber systems. Support for this project has been widespread across manufacturers, fabricators, professional service providers and construction companies, actively participating in the development of these guides to share current “standard” industry practices and current design thinking.

The first two available guides in this series of 54 guides “Design for Fire Safety” and “Designing for Prefabrication” are available for immediate download and use from the NZ Wood website:

Three other guides are in the final stages of preparation and 10 new guides are in initiation development stages. Ultimately, these will be available via a cloud-based, searchable library along with a dedicated timber design centre. If you are involved in design of timber buildings these are a must for your library. Hard copies are available on request (at print and postage costs).


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