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The Structural Timber Association has recently published an insurance industry guide to mass timber in the UK. The purpose of this paper is to provide the reader with sufficient information to better understand the use of timber in construction from a risk management perspective.

This document has been broken down into six main sections: Management of structural timber projects, Risk management, Compliance, Structural timber and the built environment, Building Safety Bill 2020, STA technical document library. We’ll be covering each topic in turn on this website.

STA technical document library

The STA strive to provide the most up-to-date information and technical guidance and our online library contains over 140 documents including product papers, advice notes and technical bulletins.

This library contains a wealth of information on Building Regulations and best practice principles. It is a valuable resource which can assist architects, engineers and clients who are considering specifying structural timber for projects or provide technical support during installation on site.

Published by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Plan of Work is split into several key project stages, which provides a shared framework for design and construction that offers both a process map and a management tool. Download the full plan here.

A blueprint to improve competence for those working on higher-risk buildings, the work was initiated by the recommendations in Dame Judith Hackitt’s review Building a Safer Future. Download full document here.


A section of the STA website created to service the specific needs of the insurance industry, concerning structural timber systems. Insurers can download guidance and technical documents here.


Access to the STA’s fire test research and cavity barrier/fire stopping best-practice documentation here.

The Structural Timber Association’s insurance industry guide to mass timber in the UK can be downloaded here.

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