The 500,000 square foot Butler Bros. Wood Building has been standing for over 100 years and is still in use today.
Photo: Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
Wood tolerates high humidity and is capable of absorbing and releasing water vapor without compromising its structural integrity. This moisture buffering effect of wood is called hygroscopicity. Although problems may arise when wood gets too wet for too long, wood buildings that are properly designed and constructed are durable and perform well in all types of climates.
International Code Council members stand as the first line of defense in applying building codes to the construction of safe, sustainable, and more affordable and resilient structures. The entire month of May pays tribute to that distinguished service with the 37th annual Building Safety Month.
This installment of Codes Counts concentrates on the theme of week three of Building Safety Month: Manage the Damage – Preparing for Natural Disasters.
Wood’s design flexibility makes it suitable for a wide range of building types and applications, both structural and aesthetic.
Next-generation and innovative mass timber products allow architects and engineers to leverage the strength, stability and design flexibility of mass timber products. Products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT), allow building designers to push beyond wood’s perceived boundaries, achieving building heights and spans that would have once required concrete, steel, or masonry for structural support.