Structural solid panels

Structural solid panels

Solid wood panel structures provide a leading-edge alternative for six to ten-storey buildings. Although the technology is relatively new and not yet recognized in Chinese codes, it is widely used across Europe. The tallest built so far is a nine-storey residential building in London, England.

Cross-laminated boards are glued together and used to build walls and joists. Panels are machined in a factory to fine tolerances by computercontrolled equipment. The panels arrive on site with apertures for doors and windows, and wiring and plumbing channels already prepared. The walls can be insulated to provide a high level of energy-efficiency. Superior load-carrying characteristics, including lateral stability against wind and seismic forces, as well as excellent fire safety performance, make cross laminated timbers suitable for medium and even high-rise buildings. And the amount of timber used means buildings made with solid wood panels are highly effective carbon stores.

 

Assembling solid wood panels in multi-storey apartment building
9-storey apartment building with solid wood panel structure