We 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…)
After the exponential growth of CLT production and the sprawling of multistory timber buildings all over world, the target seems to move toward tall timber constructions.
The number of timber buildings taller than 50m (164’) increases day after day and some of these were even able to reach almost 90m (295’)!
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?
When you have to transport materials to a construction site on another continent, what should be considered? In this article we will try to highlight the main aspects and limits of container transport based on our experience gained on oversea sites. (more…)
The correct design of a frame building involves a series of precautions necessary in order to guarantee the fulfillment of the static requirements in compliance with the regulations. In this article we will analyze an aspect related to the correct design of the ground connection detail. (more…)