Innovation, Durability and Design

Wood’s design flexibility makes it suitable for a wide range of building types and applications, both structural and aesthetic.
 
Wood can be used in many types of buildings, from single-family homes to multi-story condominiums and offices, schools, health facilities, recreational centers and public gathering areas. It is suitable not only as a finish material, bringing warmth and natural beauty to interior and exterior applications, but as a structural material, offering a cost-effective way to meet building code requirements for safety and performance.
 
Learn about new and innovative uses of wood in buildings, durability best practices, or view case studies showcasing a range of wood applications and structures.

How do different assemblies compare when it comes to durability?

There are various techniques to assemble multi-layer wooden panels such as CLT and DLT into prefabricated, load-bearing construction elements. However, comparative market and economy studies are still scarce. A study compared laminating, nailing, stapling, screwing, stress laminating, doweling, dovetailing, and wood welding. The production costs, durability, and ecological considerations were also looked at.

Manage the Damage

Manage the Damage

Preparing for Natural Disasters

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.

Innovative Wood Uses

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.

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