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.

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T3: Timber, Transit, Technology

T3 (Timber, Transit, Technology) is the first commercial property in the United States to use engineered wood for its structure and interior. The 7-storey, 220,000-square-foot building was constructed with 8-foot-by-20-foot panels of engineered wood that were stacked across beams of glued, laminated timber. The panels themselves consisted of smaller strips of wood nailed together.

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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.


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