Performance and Green Building
The Rise of Wood in School Construction
More and More School Districts Specify Wood to Save Dollars & Time
Doing more with less is a central credo for many public school systems today. When it comes to new school construction, how that belief manifests itself is taking many U.S. school districts in interesting new directions.
Designing for Fire Safety
Cross-Laminated Timber Meets 2015 International Building Code
During the week of October 21, 2012, the International Code Council (ICC) approved language for the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) that declared cross-laminated timber (CLT) was approved as a building element for non-residential structures (2015 IBC 602.4).
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The Other Tall Building System
A fast-growing circle of building designers of mid-rise (six to 12 stories) and tall buildings (up to 30 stories) have begun to specify a new building system that is the first viable alternative to concrete and steel mid-rise and tall building structures.
Today’s building codes recognize wood’s safety and structural performance capabilities and allow its use in a wide range of low- to mid-rise residential and non-residential building types. This includes multi-family, educational, commercial, industrial, retail, public, recreational and institutional buildings. These codes recognize wood's safety and structural performance capabilities.
In addition to requirements designed to ensure safety and structural performance, there are a growing number of codes, standards and rating systems that seek to incorporate green building concepts to minimize a building's environmental impact.
All buildings are at risk of experiencing damage during high winds. Each structure, with its own unique set of characteristics, such as stiffness, strength, and shape, reacts differently to wind loads. Wood has inherent characteristics that make it ideal in areas prone to high wind and can be designed to resist high winds.
Wind load requirements are covered under the national code standards but may vary from jurisdiction depending on wind zones