What's Good About Wood?
Timber has been a building material of choice for New Zealand homes since the arrival of the first European settlers, with many nineteenth century homes constructed in timber still in use and habitable today.
The timber industry is now a well-established industry sector with the manufacture off site of timber wall frames going back to around 1960, and roof trusses from around 1964. Timber framed houses have been the norm since then, with probably 90 percent of standalone residential buildings constructed using timber framing.
The benefits of timber are widely known and with today’s focus on sustainability and high performance eco-homes, the material is as popular as ever.
It is very easy to meet the requirements of the New Zealand Building Code standards as timber buildings designed and constructed using NZS3604:2011 automatically comply. There is no equivalent for concrete block or steel, resulting in a much more complicated and time consuming design and consenting process with those materials.
FTMA has been promoting timber and raising the standards of the frame and truss industry since it was formed in 1998 by a group of proactive frame and truss fabricators.