The present work aims to define horizontal joint dimension tolerances for newly proposed prefabricated façade systems for applications in tall cross laminated timber (CLT) buildings based on the compression perpendicular to grain characteristics of the component. This requires a thorough understanding of structural settlement under vertical...
Project contact is Frank Lam at the University of British Columbia
The objective of this project is to develop a large span timber-based composite floor system for the construction of highrise office buildings. This prefabricated floor system could span over 10 m under regular office occupation load, and its use will expedite the construction significantly, converting to multi-million financial savings in a typical 40+ story project, besides the impact on reducing carbon footprint and enhancing living experience.
The structural use of wood in North America is dominated by light wood-frame construction used in low-rise and – more recently – mid-rise residential buildings. Mass timber engineered wood products such as laminatedveneer-lumber and cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels...
Project contact is Lina Zhou at the University of Victoria
The general objective of this research is to get a better understanding of the structural performance of hybrid building systems in which a light wood frame structure is structurally attached to a mass timber core with a ductile connection system.
Specific objectives of this research are:
1. To investigate the pinching effect on the seismic performance of timber structures.
2. To investigate the load distribution between the two sub-systems in a hybrid building, and how will it be affected by the characteristics of inter-connections.
3. To explore the relationship of ductility and energy dissipation capacity among joints, shear walls and the whole buildings.