Structural enhancement of timber stud framing using renewable insulation materials

C. Gross, R. Harris, P. Walker, I. Pritchett

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Structural timber studwork framing is widely used in the construction of domestic buildings in the UK. Hemp-lime is a novel low carbon renewable construction material that is increasingly being used in the UK for insulating timber framed buildings. When combined, timber studwork framing and hemp-lime provide a highly insulating, low carbon, energy efficient building system. By encasing the timber studs in hemp-lime there is potential for the hemp-lime to indirectly enhance the structural performance of the timber framing. This paper presents results from structural testing undertaken on timber studwork frames both with and without hemp-lime with compressive, in plane racking and out of plane bending loads applied. The results show that hemp-lime significantly increased the strength and stiffness of the timber studwork frames under compressive and in-plane racking loads while under out of plane bending the timber studwork framing provides post cracking resistance and integrity to the hemp-lime.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event12th World Conference on Timber Engineering - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 15 Jul 201219 Jul 2012


Conference12th World Conference on Timber Engineering
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


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