Main motivations and barriers for using wood in multi-story and non-residential construction projects

Authors: Gosselin, AnnieBlanchet, PierreLehoux, NadiaCimon, Yan
Abstract: Steel and concrete are traditionally used as structural materials for non-residential and multi-housing buildings. However, wood can meet the same structural property requirements, and a variety of multi-story buildings have recently been built all over the world using this key material. In this study, the main motivations and barriers to wood adoption for structural uses in non-residential buildings are highlighted, based on an analysis of grey literature concerning some well-known buildings and on scientific literature. The motivations found were linked to sustainability, lack of expertise, costs, rapidity of erection, and aesthetic of wooden structures. In contrast, the barriers preventing its use encompass building code implementation, technology transfer, costs, material durability and other technical aspects, culture of the industry, and material availability. Furthermore, an analysis of non-residential timber building meeting minutes for nine projects is also presented to support the identification of problems and concerns related to site assembly issues, the conception of the building, the scheduling, and stakeholders’ relationships. With a better understanding of the expectations and challenges concerning wood usage in non-residential construction projects, companies will be able to adapt their business models and use the resource even more in the future to develop innovative structures.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 1 November 2016
Open Access Date: 19 April 2017
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: BioResources, Vol. 12 (1), 546-570 (2017)
Dept. of Wood and Paper Science, College of Natural Resources, North Carolina State University
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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