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  • National Structural Timber Specification (NSTS) V2.0

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  • Exova BM TRADA
  • April 2017
  • 978-1-909594-61-6
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The National Structural Timber Specifi cation (NSTS) is an ambitious initiative by TRADA to support the rapidly increasing use of timber in construction. It provides a defi nitive, comprehensive, stand-alone specifi cation for structural timber in building construction, complementing similar specification documents used for steel and concrete buildings. The NSTS covers: information exchange, erection, materials, protection, fabrication, quality assurance.

The NSTS is for the structural use of timber in buildings to which national building regulations apply. Intended for use in the United Kingdom it may also be suitable for use in other jurisdictions that follow British practice.

This specifi cation now covers both softwoods and hardwoods. Hardwood structures, including unseasoned woods that are generically known as ‘green oak’, have been added to NSTS Version 2.0.
The NSTS is for the structural use of timber in buildings to which national building regulations apply. Intended for use in the United Kingdom it may also be suitable for use in other jurisdictions that follow British practice.

The NSTS includes references to standards and best practice guidance, such as TRADA's series of Wood Information Sheets.

NSTS PROJECT SPECIFICATION

The NSTS provides guidance for those using the supplementary PROJECT SPECIFICATION FOR STRUCTURAL TIMBER, downloadable for TRADA members at www.trada.co.uk/nsts. It is important that users download the latest version of NSTS and, if required, the corresponding PROJECT SPECIFICATION template.

TRADA members and the NSTS

The NSTS project is collaborative and driven by a group of TRADA members comprising Arup, B&K Structures and Kingspan Timber Solutions, with additional advice provided by timber experts at Waugh Thistleton, KLH UK, Cullinan Studio, NHBC, BAM Construct UK, Ramboll UK, Smith and Wallwork, The Green Oak Carpentry Company, Lathams, Grupo Gámiz, Sustainable Construction Solutions, SIMONIN Wood Solutions, Champion Timber, W.L. West & Sons, The American Hardwoods Export Council, Structural and Civil Consultants, and Exova BM TRADA. Many TRADA members and invited organisations also participated in a wider consultation prior to publication.

We welcome comments from members for future editions via nsts@trada.co.uk
The National Structural Timber Specifi cation (NSTS) is an ambitious initiative by TRADA to support the rapidly increasing use of timber in construction. It provides a defi nitive, comprehensive, stand-alone specifi cation for structural timber in building construction, complementing similar specification documents used for steel and concrete buildings. The NSTS covers: information exchange, erection, materials, protection, fabrication, quality assurance.

The NSTS is for the structural use of timber in buildings to which national building regulations apply. Intended for use in the United Kingdom it may also be suitable for use in other jurisdictions that follow British practice.

This specifi cation now covers both softwoods and hardwoods. Hardwood structures, including unseasoned woods that are generically known as ‘green oak’, have been added to NSTS Version 2.0.
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