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Trusted for centuries, sustainably sourced timber framing is the ultimate renewable building material.

Not only does it provide flexibility, it has proven strength and structural integrity.

Other common reasons why more builders choose traditional frame construction include:

Low-cost Flexibility

Most framing systems are prefabricated or built offsite. However, any last-minute changes or variations are easily made onsite by carpenters equipped with all the tools they need.

Fast to Assemble

Prefabrication, flexibility and builders' knowledge of how timber frames are assembled, (joints, connections, tie-downs and bracing) combine to deliver fast, efficient building to lock up stage.

Simple to Install

Timber frames can be easily drilled to install plumbing and electric cables, unlike some materials that require cushioning grommets to protect cable insulation during installation and limit longer term damage to plumbing due to expansion and contraction or corrosion.

Easy to Renovate

Whether it's removing existing framing, adding more timber framing or both, the ready availability of designers, materials and tradespeople familiar with the material make it an easier process.


Increasingly builders are being asked to recommend sustainable building products. Timber is a logical choice. With the ability to store carbon for its entire service life, using sustainably source timber can help tackle climate change and transition to a low carbon economy.

Debunking Myths

Did you know that timber frame construction in cyclone prone areas is legal, strong, safe and secure?

Since the mid to late 1970's all timber frames and trusses have been engineered to meet the relevant cyclonic wind classifications and wind loads. In addition, AS 1684 Residential Timber Framed Construction Part 3 for cyclonic wind classifications C1 to C3, which is the principle Standard covering design criteria, building practices, tie-downs, bracing and span tables for timber framing members in Far North Queensland, are also engineered to meet these loads.

Timber structures constructed using the correct wind classification and to current codes and standard have generally performed well in recent events such as Severe Tropical Cyclone Larry (2006), Sever Tropical Cyclone Yasi (2011) and Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie (2017).

Full scale house testing at the James Cook Cyclone Testing Station (CTS) has also confirmed the resilience of correctly designed and constructed timber framed housing.

All post cyclone damage surveys undertaken by the CTS found that timber framed housing stock built since approximately 1980 that was correctly designed and constructed has performed very well with little to no major structural damage.

Copies of these reports are available at https://jcu.edu.au/cyclone-testing-station 

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