Frame Buildings

What is a Glulam Frame Building?

A glue-laminated timber frame building is a permanent structure that is supported by a wooden frame and dressed in either an architectural fabric envelope or hard cladding exterior. The timber frame is created by glueing and pressurising several sheets of wooden composite together into a strong foundation for the external building envelope. 

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How do Frame Buildings Work?

Our timber frame buildings are engineered to meet the permanent building Euro code and UK building regulations. Typically designed with a high barrel vault roof they have plenty of height clearance for sports to be played. Additionally, the barrel vault design is easy to heat and cool, resulting in a superior overall design to a conventional brick-built sports hall at a fraction of the cost.


The building interior is designed with an internal thermal liner to help maintain a comfortable inside temperature whilst leaving a clean finish across the roof section. The gable ends of the building are typically sheeted with a flat fabric section that is tensioned across the span of the structure.


Our frame buildings can be designed with a host of additional features, from using the strength of the structure to suspend or mount services or netting dividers, incorporating spectator seating, through to sliding side walls to allow for open-air use during the summer.

Frame Buildings: The Benefits

Our wooden frame structures provide considerable savings in cost when compared to a traditional steel or aluminium frame building.

They are also much more environmentally-friendly, from the sustainability of the core materials, to the manufacturing process, through to the ongoing operational use of the building.



The carbon footprint of a glulam building is much lower than a steel or aluminium frame structure. The materials used to create the wooden arch sections are carbon neutral, and the fabrication process is energy-efficient.



The timber frame itself does not heat or freeze in the way a steel frame does. It also does not form condensation in high humidity as a steel frame does. And although they say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, our customers tell us they much prefer the look and feel of a timber frame building.

Frame Buildings Uses & Applications

Wooden frame buildings are used across a host of sectors and applications, with the most common use being within sports and leisure for the construction of sports halls or MUGA structures.


Aside from leisure use, they are used across commercial and industrial projects, as well as for production and warehousing spaces.


DBS have created frame buildings that cover training pitches, gyms, tennis courts, school sports halls, and swimming pools, to name but a few applications. And, as with domes, our clients range from professional sports clubs, to educational, community, and private commercial facilities.


With the addition of DBS building control, including heating/cooling systems, our customers can be assured of a constantly managed internal space, providing a comfortable environment all year round.

Glulam Frame Building Technology

Our timber frame, glue-laminated buildings feature many of DBS Engineering’s ground-breaking and industry-leading technology systems. These technology systems optimise the usability, performance efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the completed buildings. DBS’s technological superiority sets every element of our timber frame buildings apart, from the lighting and temperature control systems to air-management and the fabric of the outer material around the frame structure. 

Advantages of membrane systems:

  • UV resistance
  • PVDF coating
  • Long life span
  • Excellent insulation properties

The optimum heating and / or cooling units are selected on the basis of calculated consumption, which depends on the size and location of the facility. Also condensing heating units can be installed inside the facility.

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LE-DBS is our long-term development solution, which can lower electricity consumption by up to 40 %. The LE-DBS lighting system is certified by various European institutes and is able to supply maximum luminance for a space, no matter the size or purpose. LE-DBS features:

DALI technology for controlling of lighting system, dimming of lights with options from 0 to 100 %.

With the DIAL system for analysis of luminance we achieve proper illumination of each space as per customer requirements.

DBS lighting system is certified according to IECEE standard and has compliance for use in sports facilities according to DIN VED 0710-13:1981 and DIN VED 18032-3.

  • Easy to use
  • Management and video surveillance with smartphone or tablet
  • Energy saving
  • Monitoring of heating
  • Monitoring and control of lighting system
  • Can reduce energy consumption up to 40 %

The foundation of wooden and steel halls can be made with temporary anchors or permanent individual footing foundations where the anchors are embedded in reinforced concrete along the foundation axis. Special structural details (hot-dip galvanized wedges, threaded rods, earth anchors) ensure efficient transfer of forces directly to the foundation’s soil, which ensures the stability of the building and the optimum foundation performance according to the load and characteristics of the foundation soil.

Single doors, with single point closure, are made of galvanized sheet metal, which is double coated.

Emergency doors, with single point closure, are additionally fitted with a safety handle that allows for rapid evacuation.

Wooden elements are dimensioned according to Eurocode standards. Primary arched beams are made of laminated spruce wood of strength class GL24 or GL28. The lamellae are glued at the ends in a toothed joint (EN 385), which ensures a bearing strength of up to 400 kg / m2. They are manufactured in accordance with European standards EN14080 and EN386. All fasteners are made from steel. They have a high load-bearing strength and are protected against corrosion.

Polyurethane facade panels are frequently used, filled with insulation of various thicknesses. On the outer and inner side of the panel, the thickness of the metal is determined according to the location and is available in different colours. Besides heat and sound insulation, the facade panels offer high resistance to mechanical damage.

Sliding walls allow the natural ventilation of the building during warm periods, and additionally reduce the costs of lighting. The building can have a single or double membrane, due to which the building is better insulated.

Roof insulation panels can be used for covering a facility. They come in different thicknesses, curved shapes and offer high insulation properties.

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