Wood is one of the oldest building materials, and one that's recenty come under fire. We've published stories attacking wood, and now MIT is piling on with a new study. Entitled, "A Break-Even Hazard Mitigation Metric," the study examines the importance of using durable materials in construction. One of the findings of the study suggests builders could invest an additional $340,000 into a $10 million building if engineered concrete is used over wood.
"MIT is reaffirming something that concrete builders already know, that concrete construction not only increases the safety of new structures, but it provides the design / build and construction community more financial flexibility and saves money over time,” said Kevin Lawlor of Build With Strength in a press release touting the study.
But wood hasn't been a building staple for no reason, as the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. hopes to show with its next exhibit, Timber City. The exhibit will, "demonstrate the wide range of benefits offered by cutting-edge methods of timber construction, including surprising strength, fire resistance, sustainability, and beauty," according to a press release.
The exhibit will also examine the latest timber technologies and explore how utilizing timber can help both rural and urban communities. The exhibit will run September 17, 2016 through May 21, 2017.