What AWA do
AWA Engineer’s award-winning in-house team of engineers and technicians draw on their extensive experience to deliver surveying and design services from which we specify proprietary products for structural timbers including metal web joists, timber members and timber trusses.
Our timber structural engineering specialists advise on conservation aspects of historic timber buildings and innovative self-build design options including modular construction methods, in addition to working with Passivhaus design specialists to deliver sustainable building solutions.
AWA Engineers are proud to have worked alongside Edinburgh University on the testing and development of the WikiHouse open-source building system to achieve certification of products.
Our goal is to create practical solutions which achieve your goals in an environmentally responsible manner.
What is Timber Structural Engineering?
Timber structural engineering of soft wood products such as timber floor joists or rafters ensures that the products specified for your building are suitable for the intended use and load.
Cross laminated timber and glulam engineered wood (often made from soft wood such as pine or larch) can achieve greater spans than hard or soft wood which is restricted by the size of the original tree.
Timber construction is lighter which places less load on the foundation and substructure of a building and is more stable in moist or humid environments where steel may be prone to rusting. This all combines to make CLT and glulam compelling alternatives to steel and concrete frames.
- A more sustainable material
- Greater thermal properties
- More aesthetically pleasing
- Ability to withstand the effects of a corrosive environment such as in swimming pools and leisure facilities
There are design benefits to using timber as it is a more aesthetically pleasing material which means it is often left exposed.
When it comes to the longevity of timber buildings, they have historically had a bad reputation for being susceptible to degradation. However, with well planned maintenance, this needn’t be a problem for most modern buildings.
When you choose AWA Engineers for your timber and oak engineering and design needs, you benefit from decades of experience delivering timber structural design and specification services across a number of award-winning projects.
Do you need a Timber Structural Engineer for your project?
If you are planning a traditional oak frame building, engineered timber structure or require structural timber elements, you will need to engage the services of a suitably qualified and experienced structural engineer. They will work with your architect to ensure the timbers specified are suitable for the demands being placed upon them.
Comprehensive structural design and calculations will ensure that your finished building achieves the required quality standards, is safe and fit for purpose.
If you are involved in the restoration or conservation of an historical timber building, our knowledgeable structural engineers can carry out surveys and provide some advice related to necessary repairs.
Timber Structural Engineering Services from AWA Engineers
- Traditional Oak Engineering
- Glulam and CLT specialists
- Open-source WikiHouse system
- Design and specification of timber structural elements