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Specifying wood

Wood - a paradox amongst materials, used for fuel and fire doors - provides architects with a wealth of possibilities for structural and aesthetic design and yet is often overlooked, write John Park and Brian Keyworth. It is possible that wood does not make it to even the preliminary design stage owing to a lack of confidence in its specification. Wood and timber are, of course, basically the same - lumber being the North American term for structural timber - but we regularly refer ...

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