Local timber innovation gathers momentum

Robert Finch & Linda Bennett

With a global push for seismic safety, sustainability and design innovation, research and commercial systems from The Structural Timber Innovation Company (STIC) have really come to the fore in the last year – here, and on the international stage. Australasian research consortium STIC is behind the development of EXPAN – a revolutionary post-tensioned laminated veneer lumber (LVL) (or glulam) building system that makes lightweight, seismically safe multi-storey and long span single-storey buildings commercially viable. In the event of an earthquake, an EXPAN building stays structurally intact through a controlled rocking mechanism and timber components that give strength without weight to minimise acceleration loads caused by ground shaking.

TDJ 20/4

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