Last edited 17 Nov 2020


According to 'Housing and sound insulation, Improving existing attached dwellings and designing for conversions', prepared by the Scottish Building Standards Agency, Historic Scotland and Communities Scotland, and published in 2006, the term 'brander', or ‘ceiling batten’ refers to a section of timber of set size used to support ceiling boards.

Typically, branders might be formed by 50 mm x 50 mm lengths of timber with 50 mm x 50 mm counter-branders (sometimes referred to as counter-battens), or with resilient bars perpendicular to the branders.

Generally, metal straps or ties provide better acoustic performance than continuous timber branders as they have less contact area.

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