Due to the building’s ground-breaking design, the need to develop new load bearing systems, such as the gravity loading resisting system and lateral load resting system, was required to meet/exceed code. Most important of all, the team needed to ensure that the building meets/exceeds the fire safety code. By leveraging wood’s natural ability to char, the team was able to size the CLT wood element to protect the fasteners and connectors within with 1 hour of fire resistance, capping the wood elements in between two layers of Type X gypsum provided and additional hour of fire resistance. The result yielded at least two hours of fire resistance for the load bearing system, including connections and assemblies.
Origine at Pointe-Aux Livers Ecocondos, has created a paradigm shift of how wood can be used as a building material and what it can do to create a sustainable future.