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2008114143656_Timber_Frame.jpgDeveloped by members of the Timber Frame Engineering Council, the Standard for Design of Timber Frame Structures and Commentary defines the engineering and design requirements for timber frame buildings and is available as a free download from the Timber Framers Guild Bookstore.

According to the purpose and scope statement in the guide, a timber frame is a "structural building frame system or a portion thereof that is composed of heavy timber members in which connections between interlocking members are created by carpenter-style joinery using wood pegs and wood wedges."

According to its authors, the new guide is not intended to preclude use of other materials, assemblies, structures or designs not meeting the criteria within the guide, "provided it is demonstrated by analysis based on recognized theory, full scale or prototype loading tests, studies of model analogues or extensive experience in use that the material, assembly, structure or design will perform satisfactorily in its intended end use."

This Standard is intended to supplement provisions of the National Design Specification for Wood Construction (ANSI/AF&PA NDS©, Reference 1).

To download your free PDF copy of the standard direct from the Timer Framers Guild Library website, click here.

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