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Title: Teaching Design Professionals About Wood In Building

Source: Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Marketing Unit, 2016

Author(s)Brawshaw, Brian

Publication Year: 2016  View PDF »

Category: Brochure

Abstract: Although steel and concrete skyscrapers typically fill modern city skylines, architects and engineers are beginning to reconsider the benefits of using wood as a material for tall buildings. Wood is a renewable material that results in lower levels of carbon emissions than other major building materials. It can also be signicantly less expensive, creating cost savings for producers and users.

Wood can be used to build skyscrapers more than 30 stories high with a new form of engineered material called CLT. The CLT panels manufactured in North America are up to 20 inches thick and are perpendicularly layered to make them strong in multiple directions. These panels are as strong as steel and are more fire resistant than other materials because of the way that wood burns.

Despite the many advantages of wood building, architects and engineers are traditionally trained to work with materials like concrete and steel. WoodWorks and Michael Green Architecture are two organizations that teach architects, engineers, and building code officials about the benefits of building with wood.

Keywords: building materials, Cross-laminated timber (CLT), energy usage, air pollution, building codes, green building, wood products industry

File size: 5,245 kb(s)

Date posted: 05/20/2016

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