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How do you calculate a timber roof? How do you connect two rafters one to the other? What characteristics must the ground connections of timber buildings have?


The book tackles the complex and often underestimated issue of the static calculation of timber buildings and is intended for the less expert as well as for technicians already working in the sector and wishing to gain further knowledge about given aspects of this field. Starting from the specific characteristics of the various kinds of wood, the book then goes on to define glue-laminated timber and the calculation based on the semi-probabilistic method of limit states: calculation of the actions, including seismic ones, and their combination, without forgetting the behaviour in case of fire.


Connections are probably the most complex part of a timber building and are therefore treated extensively. Screws, brackets, pins, nails, traditional hardware-less connections, etc. are described with the help of a large number of application examples.


The characteristics of the various construction methods are illustrated in a clear and exhaustive manner, with reference to the static and thermal properties and to their physical and technical behaviour. Special attention is paid to Xlam as an innovative material.


After a first edition published in 2010, an extensively enlarged and revised second edition was printed in 2012 in over 4000 copies.

Carpenter’s Book Digital download


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