Technical articles

2 October 2017

Complex Geometries; From Design to Reality

Great Architects such as the late Zaha Hadid saw natural structures as structures made from extremely complex geometries. Obviously, credit goes to those who have the […]
29 September 2017

1+1+1+1+1 ≠ 5 !?

Hold-down brackets (preventing up lift of walls) and square steel plates (preventing lateral translation of walls) are used to transfer lateral loads acting on walls. Hold-down […]
3 February 2017

Wooden Buildings: what is your opinion?

Caricamento in corso…
19 November 2016

Xlam: evaluation of the correct stiffness matrix

Xlam or, more correctly, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), is a material composed of a minimum of three layers of wooden boards, glued one perpendicular to the […]
3 November 2016

Air tightness of timber buildings: a critical and underrated issue! – Part 1

When it comes to designing timber buildings, it is very likely to deal with the question of air tightness. What do we mean by that? Air […]
21 August 2016

A new challenge in design: BIM (Part 2: the ifc format)

In our last post, we have dealt with BIM and introduced its potentialities in the field of timber constructions. Today we are going to discuss the […]
21 August 2016

A new challenge in design: BIM (Part 1: what is BIM and why we use it)

It is well known that, as a design process starts and evolves, it gets more and more difficult to conciliate all the requests coming from the […]
21 August 2016

Modelling and optimization of timber structures

Almost every time we hear the word ‘efficiency’ used to describe a timber building, it concerns the energetical aspect. One of the most important and interesting […]
18 August 2016

Xlam: orthotrophy and modelling failures

The mechanical response of timber changes in a significant way depending on the three directions characterising the material, and this is the reason why it is […]
20 June 2016

Wooden buildings: when and why do they rot? (Part 3)

In our previous article we approached the static aspects of the ground attack detail, and the strong implications of their design on the durability of the […]
3 June 2016

Air tightness of timber buildings: a critical and underrated issue! – Part 2

With our last post we introduced the issue of air tightness and focused on its importance, and the ways we can measure it. The upcoming paragraph, […]
30 March 2016

Wooden buildings: when and why do they rot? (Part 2 – Structural aspects)

As mentioned in the previous article  which was also connected to the survey, the second requirement of the ground attack detail is the structural safety.The support […]
28 March 2016

Timber screws: an indispensable manual for the designer

In the last weeks we had the opportunity to read a previews of this very useful manual and to discuss about with the marketing and product […]
23 March 2016

Timber houses: why do they rot? Great success for our poll!

Almost 200 designers (196 to be precise) participated in the survey proposed in late February on our pages about a very delicate issue which is quite […]
3 February 2016

Detail of ground connection for wooden houses

Caricamento in corso…
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