Laminated lumber could be a quake-resistant building solution

06/3/2011 | ABC (Australia)

The combined strength of laminated veneer lumber, pierced with post-tensioned steel rods from end to end, could help structures withstand earthquakes. A prototype building constructed of this material and built at Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand, survived the magnitude 6.3 earthquake in February. The prototype is the focus of a research venture headed by Dr. Andy Buchanan, who is working with an architectural firm to see if the timber could be used to rebuild Christchurch.

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