How Strong Are Insulated Timber Framed External Walls
Last week we left you contemplating how strong are Insulated, Timber Framed, external walls.
Now before we give the best money saving idea this century, the following link expands further on the facts regarding Timber vs Steel vs Concrete.
Two points from this Engineering News really stuck in the front of my mind. The first is, timber has higher structural efficiency as carried load per unit weight compared to reinforced concrete and steel structures. Secondly, a common stud used in house frame construction has similar compressive strength to general purpose concrete. That really enforced with me that a Timber framed home has always been purposely developed and designed to be a home. Furthermore, this style of constructing external walls is than designed by a Structural Engineer to withstand the harshest cyclones. I am convinced without a doubt that this is the only way to build in the tropics. Additionally, this is reinforced by the third important piece of information from this article. Timber used internally provides a healthier environment for occupants as it helps maintain a better relative humidity. It also reduces air born viruses spreading, as the need for artificial cooling is significantly minimised, when bulk insulation and reflective foil is added to the walls.
Consider two of the oldest timber framed construction in the world that has stood the test of time through earth quakes and typhoons (northern hemisphere cyclones).
The Nanchan Temple in China built 782 AD
The Horyuji Temple in Japan built 607 AD
At Tribute Homes we give each and every new home owner the certificate from the structural engineer who designed their home stating the strength to with stand cyclones.