Sibelius Hall in Lahti

The course covers the basic methods, models and eurocodes about structural design of timber structures. Basic structural systems of timber buildings are briefly presented and compared to each other. Material properties of timber are deeply analysed and compared with other structural materials (like concrete, steel or brick elements). Designing of linear timber load-bearing structural elements (columns, beams) is performed on methods prescribed by Eurocodes only.



  • Timber buildings around the world. Basic structural timber systems (overview only).
  • Growth, physical and mechanical characteristics of solid and glued timber and timber products.
  • Classification of solid timber, glue-laminated timber, CLT and other timber products.
  • Mechanical fasteners; types of fasteners (nails, bolts, staples, screws, dowels, …), lateral and axial resistance, slip modulus, stiffness in the connecting area.
  • Basic concepts for timber cross-section dimensioning according to Eurocode 5 standards (Ultimate and Serviceability Limit State); Tension, compression with buckling, bending and bending with axial force, shear, torsion and combination of torsion and shear.
  • Glue-laminated timber.
  • Examples from praxis.

Timber is fire-resisting material



  • Žegarac Leskovar Vesna, Premrov Miroslav. Energy-efficient timber-glass houses, (Green energy and technology). London [etc.]: Springer, cop. 2013. VI, 178 str., ISBN 978-1-4471-5510-2. ISBN 978-1-4471-5511-9, doi: 1007/978-1-4471-5511-9.
  • Leonardo da Vinci Pilot Projects “Educational Materials for Designing and Testing of Timber Structures – TEMTIS”, Handbook 1 – Timber Structures, 2008.
  • EN 1995-1-1:2004 (E),Eurocode 5: Design of timber structures, Part 1-1: General – Common rules and rules for buildings.
  • Student projects from previous years (in English).