When Adidas announced plans for a two-building expansion of their North American headquarters, speed and budget were key criteria. They wanted a campus that reflected their culture and commitment to quality, authenticity and innovation, but had a strict 24-month deadline. In response, the design and construction team chose a hybrid of precast concrete and mass timber for one building, and a mass timber post-and-beam solution for the other, using prefabrication to reduce the construction schedule by more than three months.
Buildings constructed for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) often have to meet blast-resistance requirements to mitigate the potential effects of terrorism. Terrorism is also a growing threat for civilian buildings (e.g., iconic structures, corporate headquarters, etc.), necessitating more building designers to incorporate blast resistance into their designs. The emergence of mass timber construction, and cross-laminated timber (CLT) in particular, offers a sustainable building material alternative that can also meet blast-resistance criteria in many circumstances.
Building information modelling is gradually being recognised by the architecture, engineering, construction, and operation industry as a valuable opportunity to increase the efficiency of the built environment. Focusing on the wood construction industry, BIM is becoming a necessity; this is due to its high level of prefabrication and complex digital procedures using wood sawing machines and sophisticated cuttings. However, the full implementation of BIM is still far from reality. The main objective of this paper is to explore the barriers affecting BIM implementation in the Swedish construction industry. An extensive literature review was conducted to extract barriers hindering the implementation of BIM in the construction industry. Secondly, barriers to the implementation of BIM in the wood construction industry in Sweden were extracted using the grounded theory methodology to analyse expert input on the phenomenon of low BIM implementation in the wood construction industry in Sweden. Thirty-four barriers were identified. The analysis of this study also led to the development of a conceptual model that recommended solutions to overcome the barriers identified to help maximise BIM implementation within the wood construction industry. Identifying the main barriers affecting BIM implementation is essential to guide organisational decisions and drive policy, particularly for governments that are considering articulating regulations to expand BIM implementation.
Comprehensive guide to engineered wood construction systems for both residential and commercial/industrial buildings. Includes information on plywood and oriented strand board (wood structural panels), glulam, I-joists, structural composite lumber, typical specifications and design recommendations for floor, wall and roof systems, diaphragms, shear walls, fire-rated systems and methods of finishing.
The report describes a new structural system in wood that is the first significant challenger to concrete and steel structures since their inception in tall building design more than a century ago. The introduction of these ideas is fundamentally driven by the need to find safe, carbon-neutral and sustainable alternatives to the incumbent structural materials of the urban world. The market for these ideas is quite simply enormous. The proposed solutions have significant capacity to revolutionize the building industry to address the major challenges of climate change, urbanization, sustainable development and world housing needs.
Aptly named for its goal of inspiring new ways to build, Catalyst is the first cross-laminated timber (CLT) office building constructed in Washington state. It is also designed to Passive House principles and to achieve zero-carbon and zero-energy certification from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), making it a leading example of sustainable building design.
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) manufactured in North America must meet stringent product standards and be certified to the ANSI/APA PRG 320 Standard for Performance-Rated Cross-Laminated Timber. This publication from APA - The Engineered Wood Association explains the key characteristics that are evaluated in certification process. When comparing North Amarican CLT to products manufactured elsewhere, it is important to recognize that products manufactured outside of North Amarica may not meet the performance expections defined in the ANSI standard.
An overview on the mechanical and physical properties of cross laminated timber (solid wood panels) in the building industry and its use in timber construction is presented. Structure-property relations for solid wood based materials are discussed. Important properties, such as strength, sorption, diffusion, thermal conductivity in relation to the board structure are presented. By varying the structure, the properties can be optimized over a wide range. The focus of this publication lies on experimental works performed by Swiss researchers at the ETH Zürich.
Project contact is Frank Lam at the University of British Columbia
A continuous CLT floor/roof system that has two way bending action across multiple CLT panels will create open floor space with long spans in both major and minor directions, making mass timber construction more competitive and cost-effective. A design guide on CLT two way floor/roof system, incorporating the results from the two phases of study, will be developed at the end.
Forests have an important role in mitigating greenhouse gasses and global climate warming by storing carbon. Carbon is locked in trees through photosynthesis, which contributes around 50% of the dry mass of wood. Therefore, wood is critical for maximizing the carbon capture and storage of nature. In this mini-review, emerging technologies for the development of wood products toward extended carbon storage and capture are overviewed. Novel functional wood-based materials for capturing CO2 are discussed including wood-based and biochar membranes/adsorbents. The emerging wood nanotechnologies are highlighted for manufacturing high-performance products, which have great potential to substitute fossil-based plastics. The developing technologies of engineered wood products, such as densification, chemical modification, and mineralization of wood, are also summarized with the objective of extending wood carbon storage. The impact of woody biomass on the economy and carbon mitigation is briefly studied in this review. This could help us with the sustainable economic management of forests and wood targeting reducing the negative impact of greenhouse gas emission and global climate warming. The outlook for functional wood products are described along with the potential for the development of new technologies in carbon storage and capture.