Experimental construction in a timber house

  • YEAR
    2016
  • AUTHORS
    Marriage, Guy
  • CATEGORIES
    2016 Conference Papers
    Architectural Science and Design Assessments
    Conference Papers

Extract

This paper describes work undertaken in order to examine structural innovations in the New Zealand construction system, in order to test the efficiency of standard solutions vs newer methods of construction. The systems used are described and evaluated as possible scenarios for alternative construction methods, and the drawbacks and plaudits are discussed. It examines whether the standard methods of construction still hold validity, or if there are alternative systems worth further exploration. Can a system which utilises thin strips of engineered plywood woven into a stressed skin matrix, be the structural equivalent of standardised units of large timber sizes arrayed in a regular orthogonal grid? The weight, amount, and cost of the systems are compared and findings are discussed.

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