Launch of The Timber Cladding Handbook

The Timber Decking and Cladding Association (TDCA) in collaboration with The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) have jointly published a new resource – The Timber Cladding Handbook. 

Produced with support from the Wood Protection Association (WPA), Wood Campus and with technical input from Dr Ivor Davies, the Handbook is aimed at specifiers, buyers and installers of timber cladding.

A go-to reference

The 48 page book provides clear, relevant and up to date information covering cladding design, installation, material choice and UK building regulation compliance. The Handbook references a new version of the TRADA External Timber Cladding Manual which is due for release in late spring/early summer. The two documents will complement each other – the Handbook acting as a forerunner with summarised and illustrative guidance with TRADA’s being more detailed and of particular interest to the specification and professional installer market.   

Partnership Agreement

The Handbook has been produced as part of the TDCA/TTF partnership agreement aimed at strengthening the market for timber cladding and decking and the teams are working on a Timber Decking Handbook due for circulation in Spring, watch this space for further information.

Janet Sycamore – TDCA Director of Operations, commented:

This clear and well-illustrated document has been produced to help prevent the common and easily avoidable problems that we see time and time again and we are delighted with the result. The complexities of designing, creating and installing timber cladding can be quite daunting but this Handbook brings everything together in one accessible source. We hope it will prove to be a valuable reference for anyone involved with timber cladding”.

For those looking for added assurances of quality, the TDCA operates the CladMark® quality accreditation schemes covering materials and installers. They provide evidence of compliance with the good manufacturing practices and the sound installation techniques required by the TDCA.

The Timber Cladding Handbook is available as a free pdf download at: with printed versions costing £12 each including P&P.