U shaped membrane against moisture: problem or solution?

Building physics, Technical

durability_platform_frame_rotten_wall_timber_9We often discuss with clients/colleagues the role of U shaped membranes, which is a system applied at the bottom of timber based walls to prevent from rising moisture. Those membranes most of the time are bituminous and provide water tightness via a butyl based adhesive and are presented as the “final solution to the durability issues of timber buildings”. Is this right? (more…)

Timber buildings: how long do they last? (Part 1)

Building physics, Technical

One of the most common questions we are asked is this: “How long does a wooden building last?”.

The answer of the question is complex and related to various aspect of the building process, mainly including the design. The durability of a timber structure can be compromised, but why does it happen? For an intrinsic physical limit of the material or are other factors that determine a considerable reduction of the life of the building? Does a careful study of the construction details help?

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Window-wall detail

Appointment, Building physics, Details, IR analysis, News, Technical

The window is a weak point in the envelope of the building and must therefore be considered very carefully during the design phase keeping in mind the following needs:

  • Air / water / wind seal
  • Static
  • Limited effect of the thermal bridge and surface temperatures

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Wood Control – Monitoring moisture content

Building physics, News, Technical

When we went to see Diego Savio and Paolo Marchetto in their workshop in Trissino (VI), they reminded us of cyclists after a victorious uphill finish: very happy but at the same time exhausted by the effort. Tired because they started pedaling to bring their idea to life, over 3 years ago now as Diego mentioned.

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Wood, durability and monitoring

Building physics, News, Technical

Wood and durability: how can we sleep peacefully? It would take and active 24/7 monitoring system that will alert the user of critical situations due to unforeseen/unpredictable events.

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