Performance and Green Building

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. 
Further to meeting code requirements in a wide range of low and mid-rise building types, wood can be used as a low carbon alternative to steel, masonry and concrete in many applications. Find methods, design guidelines and calculations to meet code requirements for wood and fire, seismic, wind, structural performance and green building.

Seismic Performance

Earthquakes cannot be prevented but sound design and construction based on research and compliance with building code requirements can reduce their effects.

In North America, where wood-frame construction is common wood’s seismic performance is often attributed to the following characteristics:

Wood is lightweight
Wood-frame buildings tend to be lightweight, reducing seismic forces, which are proportional to weight.


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