How Do Builders Rate Wood In Intensive Residential Developments?

Lisa Te Morenga, Frances Maplesden, Mike Collins, Doug Gaunt – Forest Research

In conjunction with the Auckland Regional Council Forest Research recently conducted a study on builders’ perceptions of high-density housing and the adequacy of existing building systems to meet the needs of intensive residential construction. While the interview sample was relatively small it was representative of the different roles of people involved in this type of construction and the process provided valuable insights into the future placement of wood in the construction of intensive housing. Builders suggest that the ideal timber-based wall system needs to incorporate the following characteristics:

  • Easy and quick to erect;
  • Excellent/improved acoustic and thermal insulation performance;
  • Durable;
  • Stable, thus minimising movement within the building;
  • Fire-rating credibility.

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