Dwight Walker


Understanding which species of timber works best in building design applications can be a challenge to any commercial or domestic project. Using timber throughout a project can add amazing design and biophilic benefits however not without potential challenges and pitfalls.

How can you identify what timber to specify in your projects and be sure that you are getting the best possible product to fulfill your specific need? We discuss the importance of TDL Target Design life, durability and treatments to affect the overall project design. Which species will meet any legislative requirements to deliver a functional and beautifully finished project for your clients?

This course will outline the properties of timbers used for design and finishing and provide a general knowledge to allow you to specify which timber to be used and where and most importantly why.

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to identify Timber species for use in both domestic and commercial architectural and design situations. (AACA competency DESIGN – conceptual design 3.2). 4.2 Evaluation of design options against values of physical, environmental and cultural contexts. 4.6 Investigation and integration of appropriate material selection for the project design. 5.5 Integration of materials and components based upon an understanding of their physical properties.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of timber species and applications to deliver an efficient TDL Target Design life and choice of materials for Durability and Treatments – sustainable and comfortable environment. (AACA competency DESIGN – conceptual design 3.2).
  • Recall current Legislative requirements. (AACA competency DESIGN – conceptual design 3.4). 1.4 Identification of factors that may impact on client project requirements and objectives.