How Strong is this style of construction?

–  To answer this question I have provided an extract from an article written by CEO of Timber Development Association (TDA) Andrew Dunn. Andrew Dunn is the Chief Executive for the TDA and has 28 years experience in the building industry. Andrew has a Civil/Structural Engineering degree and a Masters of Timber Engineering. “Timber has no disadvantages, only design challenges,” said Andrew Dunn. Structural type, location and intended service life are all factors when determining the appropriate use of timber, but in general terms it is lightweight, easily worked and very adaptable to offsite manufacturing. Its main market is in low-rise residential structures but there is a growing interest in the mid-rise sector for apartments, office buildings and school buildings.

  • Timber has higher structural efficiency as carried load per unit weight compared to reinforced concrete and steel structures
  • A common timber stud used in house construction has similar compressive strength to general purpose concrete
  • Many timbers are either naturally durable or can be easily treated to make very durable.

The sky is the limit literally,” said Dunn. “There is a growth of timber buildings pushing the height limits. Canada has three tall timber buildings in the pipeline, a 13-storey Quebec City project, using cross-laminated timber and glulam, a 12-storey building in Ottawa and a project in Vancouver targeting 18 storeys. Not to be outdone, the highest timber building planned so far is a 23-storey office building in Sweden.”

Tribute Homes provides all home owners with a copy of the Structural Engineering Design and Certification for each home built.

 What termite protection do you provide for your homes?

– There are four ways to protect your new home from Termites. A new home builder can cover three of them and the home owner is responsible for the fourth. The three ways Tribute Homes protects your life investment from termites is firstly, by using all building materials that are not susceptible to termites attack. Secondly, we treat all areas that are in contact with the ground and that protrude through the floor of the house by way of a chemical paint. This paint is a thick viscosity paint that gets into all nooks and crannies to ensure those areas are covered completely. Lastly, the perimeter of the house if in contact with the ground, is also treated with this same chemical paint. These three ways gives each home owner a 50 year guarantee against termite attack, provided an annual inspection is conducted. The fourth way of termite protection is by the home owner and this is a visual proactive check from time to time. These four ways of termite attack prevention are the best method as the areas you can see are proactively and regularly inspected and the areas you cannot see are chemically treated. For more information on the chemical paint please visit

 What warranty do you give with each new home?

– Tribute Homes has three types of warranty policies, 1 Year Non-Structural, 7 Year Water Penetration, Health and Safety, and 50 Year Structural Integrity. Three certificates explaining these warranties are provided to the home owner at the Handover of each home.

 Do you build custom designs?

– We have a free custom design service, so we tailor your new home design to meet your family’s needs and the land you wish to build on. We can modify our designs or work with a plan you may already have.

What areas do you build around North Queensland?

– Tribute Homes builds as far South as Ayr to Ingham in the North, West to Charters Towers, overseas to Magnetic Island and everywhere in between.

 How long does a typical home take to build?

– The build time will depend on how large the home is and whether it is a low set home, high set home or two storey. However, from when we start work on site our homes are always complete within 95 days. With that said, a low set home typically takes 75 days from start of first soil dug to Practical Completion ready for handover.

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