Seismic Performance

Research and building code development have proven that CLT and mass timber structures can meet or exceed the most demanding earthquake and seismic design requirements. Forces in an earthquake are proportional to the structure’s weight and wood is substantially lighter than steel or concrete.

The fact that wood buildings tend to have numerous connections means they have more load paths, so there’s less chance the structure will collapse should some connections fail. This is also why they have inherent ductility, which allows them to dissipate energy when faced with the sudden loads of an earthquake.

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