(its eco-friendly, value for money in construction and good a protecting us in an earthquake)
Eco-friendly timber walls could replace steel or concrete, research finds ~ Two University of Canterbury researchers demonstrate how eco-friendly timber walls could replace steel or concrete in buildings.
New research on cross-laminated timber (CLT) walls could have far-reaching implications for New Zealand’s quest to become carbon-neutral, as well as reducing earthquake risks.
The cost-effective, eco-friendly alternative to steel and concrete could feasibly be used in low-rise buildings, according to University of Canterbury seismic activity associate professor Minghao Li and his team.
The Earthquake Commission gave $75,000 for the two-year research programme in which Li and PhD student Ben Moerman tested multi-storey timber walls to see how they would behave in significant earthquakes.
The findings could help reduce earthquake risk, relieve ongoing supply issues in the construction industry due to Covid-19, and have significant environmental benefits.