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The performance of an innovative wood technology


The performance of an innovative wood technology
At a time when engineers, designers and builders must find solutions for a resource constrained environment, new wood technology, materials and science are accelerating efforts to enhance safety and structural performance. International Building Code requires all building systems, regardless of materials used, to perform to the same level of health and safety standards. These codes have long recognized wood`s performance capabilities and allow its use in a wide range of low to mid-rise residential and non-residential building types. Moreover, wood often surpasses steel and concrete in terms of strength, durability, fire safety, seismic performance and sustainability – among other qualities.

Strength and Durability Wood is one of the oldest building materials known to mankind. Extensive research and documented experience have led to several proven strategies for ensuring wood buildings reach their full potential for longevity. Next-generation wood products, also known as mass timber, offer exceptional stability and strength, and have made wood a viable choice to steel or concrete in many building applications. Products such as nail-laminated timber (NLT), cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated timber (glulam) are also enabling increased dimensional stability, strength and design versatility to enhance project detailing.

Fire Safety When proper fire protection systems are in place, fire can be effectively controlled in wood buildings. Design and engineering analysis, along with supporting industry research, shows that wood not only meets stringent fire safety requirements but often exceeds them. Mass timber, in particular, enables inherent fire resistance through its natural charring process. Steel conducts heat and loses strength even in lower-temperature fires. Additionally, new wood buildings conceal the steel bolts holding their beams together within the wood to form a protective layer over the steel.

Seismic Performance Earthquakes cannot be prevented, but sound design and construction based on research, testing and compliance with building code requirements can minimize their effects. In North America, where wood-frame construction is common, wood`s seismic advantages are often attributed to its light weight, redundant load paths, ductile connections and detailing.

Sustainability As the global population continues rising, so does the demand on building materials and the need for sustainable, affordable housing in sprawling urban areas. With mounting pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment, building designers and developers are increasingly looking to balance functionality and cost objectives with reduced environmental impact. Wood delivers more economically and environmentally and can help achieve that balance. Moreover, wood is the only building material with third-party certification programs in place to verify that products originate from a sustainably managed and renewable resource.


Source article and image: https://media.imopedia.ro
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