A long, winding driveway in Bluffton, South Carolina, weaves through expansive maritime forest marshland full of live oaks and long-leaf pines before it opens onto the secluded Palmetto Bluff community.
Many regions of the United States are at risk of high wind threats such as hurricanes, downbursts, and thunderstorms. All buildings, regardless of materials used, face risk of damage during high-wind events.
Modern-day technologies and product delivery methods have created a bold new opportunity for wood products, which in turn has given rise to a new category of structural framing systems using mass timber.
Specification writers must now consider more performance criteria than ever before. As the list of new products continues to grow, design professionals must determine how to reach more stringent targets for indoor environmental quality and energy consumption.
Designing large buildings with wood offers distinct design options typically not found in other structural materials, along with advantages in economics, energy efficiency, and other sustainability factors.