Off-site and modern methods of timber construction: a sustainable approach

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In many respects timber is the ideal construction material. It is strong in both tension and compression, has a high strength-to-weight ratio and can be relatively easily worked. If appropriately sourced, timber can be considered truly sustainable and, with good silvicultural practices, trees can also improve land quality and soil fertility.

Off-site construction is the manufacture and pre-assembly of components, elements or modules before installation into their final location, and this book represents an authoritative guide for designers, construction professionals and manufacturers on the subject.

This book covers all the main facets of Off-site construction including the developments in Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), an overview of the products (including panelised units, volumetric and hybrid techniques) and processes and even the environmental performance and sustainability of off-site construction.


  • Introduction
  • Off-site modern methods of construction
  • Applying the principles of production to construction
  • Environmental performance and sustainability
  • Design form and function
  • Re-engineering timber
  • Summary
  • Appendix A: The Code for Sustainable Homes
  • Appendix B: Timber design properties