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Design of Fire-resistive Exposed Wood Members

Photo courtesy Structurlam

The article offers an in-depth look at design considerations for fire resistance when building with wood products. It also looks at wood engineering mechanics and design procedures that comply with the International Building Code (IBC), recognizing fire resistance demonstrated by structural wood beams and columns in actual fires.

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Building Tall with Wood in the Future

All images courtesy CEI Architecture

There is growing movement among leading architects to embrace wood as a structural replacement for concrete and steel in mid‐rise and even high‐rise projects. The exploration of new engineered and hybrid technologies is leaving industry visionaries expecting to see high‐rise wood structures within their lifetime. Further, as the effects of global warming become more evident, alternative methods of construction need to be explored. One option is to maximize the use of wood. An example is illustrated in CEI Architecture’s designs for a proposed 40-story office building—a unique structure addressing issues of creating effective and attractive working environments that are appealing to a broad cross section of the working public.

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LCT ONE: A Case Study of an Eight-story Wood Office Building

All images courtesy Cree GmbH

LCT ONE is an eight-story, timber-based sustainable building developed in Austria in 2012. The goal of the project was to develop a flexible, high-performance, prefabricated construction system as a new product, which meets all technical and economical requirements of modern real estate markets. The project is based predominantly on a renewable resource—wood, with additional emphasis placed on resource and energy efficiency. The project is meant to demonstrate to the building industry that there are new timber technologies and industrial processes where a modern, system approach to construction can be applied.

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Designing Floors for Optimal Performance: Understanding the impact of product choices and installation methods

All images courtesy Weyerhaeuser Trus Joist

When designing a wood-framed floor system for multi-family projects, from the joists to the subfloor, specifiers have numerous options for the level of performance related to occupant comfort. The size and thickness of floor framing materials, the way the members are laid out, and the manner in which they are installed have a direct influence on how stable the floor will be underfoot and how well the finished flooring on top performs over time.

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Structural Safety of Wood Decks and Deck Guards

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Most deck-related accidents are caused by failure of the deck-ledger connection or the guardrail—this can lead to serious injuries or death. Decks are often designed as a collection of individual parts, rather than as a ‘system’ of interrelated components that must function correctly. Further, because decks are exterior structures, permanently exposed to weather, long-term decay and fastener or connector corrosion can contribute to these failures.

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