Wood Structure Design in All Facets of Building Life Cycle
There’s so much more to wood structure designs than you think. Understanding the behind-the-scenes workflow of how wood carries over from cradle to grave in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry can make you think twice on where to put this renewable source to good use.
It has been the norm in the industry, as attested by our expert civil engineers, to utilize concrete and steel back from the revolutionary discovery of its union. But wood has been resurfacing lately, and it’s only a matter of time before this disruptive material will take over and change the building landscape.
At New York Engineers, we are best prepared for each scenario that will come our way, and we deal with proactivity by informing you of wood’s life cycle assessment (LCA) in relation to the building industry:
- Raw material acquisition
- Material fabrication
- Construction and on-site use
- Disposal and recycling
Like all any other product life cycles, your wood design structure will start from its baseline point of timber harvesting. Whether you choose custom-made route or go off-the-shelf, one thing’s for sure: all of your wood should originally come from FSC-certified forests. As your wood enters the fabrication phase, our engineers can help you specify the material properties of your wood as per the project’s structural, functional and aesthetic requirements in the design studio. This can range from fire-rating, thermal insulation, equilibrium moisture content and any other applicable add-ons for the optimal performance of your wood structure design. Any wood that do not make the cut would go back to the cycle.
At a later point in fabrication, you need the alliance of skilled craftsmanship and machinability for your bespoke wooden profiles. This is no easy feat, as this requires rigorous professional expertise on wood joinery. All these wood specifications can be tested once we go from fabrication to construction logistics and on-site use for your building project.
Wood may garner you higher upfront costs, but this will only yield you maximum returns down the line in light of sustainability, especially when green movement is on the rise with AEC industry. If any, you can up your property resale value due to the functional and structural performance of wood. When the service life of wood comes to an end, you can either close the loop through compost, upcycling or bio-energy incineration—rendering it as sustainable as it can be. At New York Engineers, our aim is to help you make informed decisions on your wood structure design from start to the end.