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.

Wind Resistance

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

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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