FIRE RESISTANCE OF A CLT STRUCTURE

 

Fire resistance is the ability of a material to confine a fire while providing its structural function. This determined by timing the start of the fire up to the point where the material can no longer function as required.  Timber is known to be vulnerable to fire whether … Continue reading

SEISMIC PERFORMANCE OF A CLT STRUCTURE

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Seismic loads on the structure are due to forces which are created by ground accelerations (earthquakes). The magnitude of these loads is influenced by the following factors weight of the building, the intensity of the seismic loads, duration of the earthquake/ground acceleration, frequency of the seismic waves, … Continue reading

MOISTURE RESISTANCE OF CLT

WATER/MOISTURE RESISTANCE OF A CLT STRUCTURE

Freshly sawn wood is usually saturated with water however, we understand that a high humidity concentration in an object lowers its moisture resistance rate. Moisture resistance is the ability of an object to resist absorbing moisture from its surrounding. Cross Laminated Timber also when … Continue reading

BUILDING FOUNDATIONS-3

SOLVING FOUNDATION FAILURES

A building foundation’s primary purpose is to transfer the loads from the superstructure to the underlying soil at a bearable pressure. It serves as an interface between superstructure and substructure. As we discuss foundations, remember that a footing and a foundation are two different elements, one … Continue reading

CROSS LAMINATED TIMBER (CLT / XLAM)

INTRODUCTION TO CROSS LAMINATED TIMBER

Over the years, steel and concrete have been the main elements of every construction, the heart and skeleton of every structure. However, in the abundance of resources, discoveries never come to an end. Timber has previously been used for mainly aesthetic purposes in construction but … Continue reading

BUILDING FOUNDATIONS-2

WHY MOST FOUNDATIONS FAIL?

Building foundations are the lowest parts of a building (sub structure) that provide necessary support for structures. Foundations provide resistance to the structural loads that act directly on them. Foundations ae also the stability of a structure as it directly transmits the structural lateral … Continue reading

BUILDING FOUNDATIONS

BUILD THE RIGHT FOUNDATION!

 

 

Building foundations are the lowest parts of a building (sub structure) yet the most critical building section. The stability of a structure depends on its foundation meaning a compromised foundation is a threat to an entire structure. The deeper and stronger the foundation, … Continue reading

BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME!

5 Key things to Consider when building your dream home!

Are you in intense pursuit for the construction of your perfect dream home? You might need to re-consider your pace if these factors have not yet been considered!

1. Plot and property size

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DAMPNESS IN WALLS (Part 3 of 3)

SOLVING DAMP ISSUES IN WALLS!

Old buildings must be allowed to breathe while modern buildings rely on keeping water out with a system of barriers. Because most old buildings were constructed with solid walls without damp proof courses and originally had no roofing felt, rain or ground moisture could both … Continue reading

DAMPNESS IN WALLS, Part 2 of 3

Understanding Dampness in walls.

One of the common mistakes that property owners make with regards to damp wall issues is trying to carry out a quick fix to solve the problem by making attempts to paint the affected wall sections. It sounds ideal and very attractive, but hey, this never … Continue reading