Fire-resistance of Cross-Laminated Timber

  Canadian researchers recently put Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), a somewhat new building product, to the test to determine fire-resistance properties. Their findings were: The tests demonstrated that CLT assemblies can achieve significant fire resistance that is close to three hours in some cases with even unprotected CLT under full loading conditions. The failure modes were […] Read more..

Wood design at the Oktoberfest

If you thought the Oktoberfest in Munich (Germany) was all about beer, think again. The agricultural fair that accompanies the Fest has a little gem this year for anyone interested in forests and wood design. Envisioned by Architecture students from the TU Munich (the Technical University) and fabricated by carpentry students from the vocational school in […] Read more..

10-Story CLT Buiding in Melbourne, Australia

Adding to my earlier post about tall building in wood, the articles linked below give some information about the 10-story residential building that is currently going up in Melbourne, Australia. As just reported, this latest addition to the “build high in wood” trend has now received the last wall panels. World’s tallest timber building ‘tops out’ […] Read more..

Power tools for wood construction

Here are two videos that nicely illustrate how traditional timber framing (and even panelized light-framing) has evolved from the chisel to the CNC cutter and the nailing gantry. The first one is a more hands-on approach where power-tools are used to do individual cuts. The second one is a fully CNC-based process, where every single member is […] Read more..

Intergrain Timber Vision Awards 2012

This year’s Intergrain Timber Vision Awards 2012 were given out recently. This award “aims to recognise and celebrate the valuable role timber plays in Australian architecture and design”. For a full list of the winning projects , go to: Intergrain – Awards (the announcement is here).

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