Wood offers many structural advantages during construction, but also has positive effects on the micro-climate within the building.
Thanks to its porous structure, wood stores many heat pockets and allows the construction of low energy demand structures of reduced thickness. The insulating capacity of a solid wood wall of thickness 10 cm is equivalent to that of a 160-cm thick concrete wall.
Excellent static properties
The refined microstructure of wood leads to low weight but excellent load bearing capacity. Despite its low weight, wood has strength 14 times higher than steel and compression strength equal to that of concrete.
Short construction times
When building wood structures there is no need to wait for the structure to dry. Hence, the “dry” construction technique allows savings of time and cost.
Despite being a flammable material, glulam has very high fire resistance. The surface chars uniformly because there are no cracks, forming a barrier layer that impedes propagation of the flame into the wood.
Wood is elastic and has very high tensile strength, and is therefore an ideal construction material for projects to be realised in seismic zones.
Wood is a heat insulation material
Wood offers optimum protection against winter cold and summer heat, with a transmission delay of even 14 hours.