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Architectural Timber Battens: TS2003

Edgar (Ted) Stubbersfield
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
Duration: 00:50:44

With timber again being readily used both structurally and for architectural features, this talk provides a basic platform of knowledge to assist with the specification of timber battens, probably one of the most troublesome applications of architectural timber outside. Ted discusses the pro's and con's of the idea, and then talks through the specifics of species selection, grade quality, profiles, fastening and of course preservation options

As you will hear from this talk, Ted is a wealth of knowledge on the selection and use of timber outdoors.


This CPD course relates to the following AACA NCSA Elements: 5, 6, 7 & 8

  • Appreciate why you would use timber battens
  • Understand some of the issues with using timber battens, both internally and in particular externally.
  • Have knowledge of the critical factors affecting external batten usage
  • Understand the key moisture management strategies to improve the performance of external timber battens
  • Understand the need for caution when considering recycled timber for external battens.
Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA


    Edgar (Ted) Stubbersfield grew up Gatton, Queensland, Australia.  Ted and his parents before him operated a sawmill, Gatton Sawmilling Company which specialised in high quality hardwoods.  This small country mill won many awards for the quality of its hardwood and its innovative products.  In 1997, Ted started his own business; Outdoor Structures Australia (OSA) with the aim of specialising in weather exposed timber structures such as boardwalks and bridges.  He undertook several formal research projects to allow him to understand and the special requirements of this very difficult application. 

    Now in his semi-retirement, when not delivering CPD sessions, he works as a consultant advising mainly local government on how to maximise service life while minimising maintenance on their bridges and decks.  He is also writing down what he has learnt over a lifetime, so it need not be relearnt.  These new books explains good and bad practice in the area in which they deal and, very importantly, have design checklists so you don’t miss those areas that are likely to impact longevity.