Wood cladding in non - residential construction : overcoming the barriers to leverage the opportunities

Authors: Guy-Plourde, SamuelBlois, Michel deBlanchet, PierreBarbuta, CostelRobichaud, François
Abstract: Wood cladding is used in the residential market. However, the use of wood cladding in nonresidential and large multi-residential projects can sometimes be difficult. This paper highlights the barriers to the use of this material and draws recommendations to overcome them. A triangulation approach was used to enhance the validity of the findings with a deep literature review, interviews with different stakeholders, and analysis of several websites. The cross-compared analyses indicated that four main obstacles have hampered the use of wood cladding in non-residential projects. In order of importance, these obstacles are the recurring maintenance needed, restricting regulations (building code fire-safety and architecture implementation), appearance issues, and technical considerations regarding detailing and installation. To overcome the barriers of wood use in the non-residential market, three development axes are proposed based on communication with stakeholders, product adaptation for non-residential markets, and new product development with regards to product maintenance performance. These recommendations can guide manufacturers in adapting their product development strategies.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 22 November 2017
Open Access Date: 23 November 2017
Document version: VoR
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/15961
This document was published in: BioResource, Vol. 13 (1), 462-476 (2018)
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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