The silent Killer

Technical, Timber engineering/BIM

Save the planet” is the mantra that is heard reciting daily in the global contest by all media and all events. Being an environmentalist or becoming it fast is an obligation imposed on us by reckless use of resources. They are the ones under twenty who pull their ears to the system. It may surprise, but let’s think about it, this is the generation that advances to boast the most considerable rights, considering that their life expectancy is more than double compared to that of a fifty-year-old today. It will be them, their children, their grandchildren, and so on, who will have to take charge of a planet on the brink of collapse. All this imbued by the rhetoric of the climate summits where we solemnly promise that by 2020 .., 30 and ..40 emissions will be reduced by a whole lot. (more…)

Mass Timber Plants Growing Outside of Europe by Paul Kremer

CLT, News, Timber engineering/BIM

Throughout 2019 we have seen some amazing achievements in the mass timber market around the world. Whilst there is some much activity it’s hard to keep track with the pace intensifying. Let’s take a closer look at just a few developments occurring outside of Europe. (more…)

Tall timber building – The results of the survey

Building systems, R&D, Static, Technical, Timber engineering/BIM

It’s always interesting and at the same time important, to understand the opinion of the different type of figures who work in the world of timber buildings. For this reason in the last few years we proposed some surveys which always gave us satisfying results, and suggested us some food for thought. The last one we made was about multi-storey buildings.

In the following analysis we wanted to share with you the most significant data about the surveys we made.


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…)

Tall timber building: what’s your opinion?

News, Static, Technical

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’)!