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Seismic Design of Timber Buildings: Highlighted Challenges and Future Trends

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Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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InnoRenew CoE, Slovenia/Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies, University of Primorska, InnoRenew CoE, 6310 Izola, Slovenia
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(4), 1380; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10041380
Received: 15 December 2019 / Revised: 13 February 2020 / Accepted: 14 February 2020 / Published: 19 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Buildings and Structures under Extreme Loads)
Use of timber as a construction material has entered a period of renaissance since the development of high-performance engineered wood products, enabling larger and taller buildings to be built. In addition, due to substantial contribution of the building sector to global energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and waste production, sustainable solutions are needed, for which timber has shown a great potential as a sustainable, resilient and renewable building alternative, not only for single family homes but also for mid-rise and high-rise buildings. Both recent technological developments in timber engineering and exponentially increased use of engineered wood products and wood composites reflect in deficiency of current timber codes and standards. This paper presents an overview of some of the current challenges and emerging trends in the field of seismic design of timber buildings. Currently existing building codes and the development of new generation of European building codes are presented. Ongoing studies on a variety topics within seismic timber engineering are presented, including tall timber and hybrid buildings, composites with timber and seismic retrofitting with timber. Crucial challenges, key research needs and opportunities are addressed and critically discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: seismic design; tall timber buildings; timber composites; seismic retrofitting; Eurocode 8 seismic design; tall timber buildings; timber composites; seismic retrofitting; Eurocode 8
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Stepinac, M.; Šušteršič, I.; Gavrić, I.; Rajčić, V. Seismic Design of Timber Buildings: Highlighted Challenges and Future Trends. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 1380.

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