Think Wood Research Library Offers Resources for Building With Wood

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The Think Wood Research Library offers unique pieces of research to aid architects, engineers, and other industry professionals in building safe, high-performing buildings that can stand the test of time.

News articles and reports increasingly cite fire and seismic safety concerns related to wood design and construction with a call for more research. Think Wood, an industry-driven initiative that provides research and resources on the benefits of using softwood lumber in multifamily residential and non-residential building applications, is answering this call. The Think Wood Research Library, launched in 2017, is now stocked with nearly 900 unique pieces of research to aid architects, engineers and other industry professionals in building safe, high-performing buildings that can stand the test of time.

For example, research consistently shows that fire can be safely and effectively controlled in wood buildings when the proper protections are CodeWatcher Think Woodin place. The Think Wood Research Library offers several studies that address the fire performance of wood:

“While the fire performance of mass timber has been studied for many years and is broadly accepted for prescriptive design uses, more industry research and resources are needed to evaluate the material’s structural fire safety when it is used for taller buildings or used with new mass timber technologies,” said David Barber, fire safety engineer and principal at Arup. “We are proud to have our Glulam Connection Fire Test Report hosted on the Think Wood Research Library to help bridge this knowledge gap.”

Seismic concerns pose another design challenge, particularly in active seismic regions of the United States. Many studies available in the Think Wood Research Library evaluate the seismic performance and resilience of wood buildings:

In addition to fire and seismic resources, the Research Library houses case studies, reports and research papers on a range of other design topics – from acoustics and vibrations, to energy and environment, to building codes and cost.

Check out the full Think Wood Research Library today for more information on the latest advancements in wood’s performance and advantages in the built environment.

Photo:  Arup In a fire, the char forms on mass timber at a predictable rate, slowing combustion, while retaining strength and allowing time to evacuate the building.