Timber Based Building Systems

7.5 credits

The use of wood as a structural material offers special possibilities but also requires specific skills of the structural engineer. The objective of this course is to provide knowledge in modern timber engineering. More specifically the following aspects are included:

- Structural systems and production methods for houses

- Wood, timber and engineering wood products as a structural material

- Design of structural timber elements

- Stabilizing systems for multi-storey timber buildings

- Theoretical models for shear walls, diaphragms and their design

- Factors which influence strength, stiffness and shrinkage properties

- Tapered, curved and pitched glulam beams

- Detailing and connections, mechanical and glued joints

- Notched beams, holes, splitting and cracking

- Vibration and springiness in wooden floors


Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.

Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.

Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.