Forest Products for Building Construction
Keywords:Wood construction, lumber, wood-base panels, fasteners, plywood
Wood buildings may be of light frame-type as in residential and light industrial construction or heavy timber-type as in warehouses and other industrial/commercial buildings. In either case, the primary elements making up the structure are framing members; covering materials for roofs, walls, and floors; and connections within and between framing members and covering materials. Framing members include 2-inch dimension lumber, solid timbers, glulam beams, and various built-up beams and trusses. Covering materials may be boards, solid or laminated lumber, plywood, various other wood-base panel products, or some combination of these. Connecting systems include adhesives and such mechanical fasteners as nails, staples, screws, bolts, and metal plate connectors.
Design properties and specifying procedures for these various wood building materials and their connectors are discussed in some detail in this paper, and sources for further information are referenced.
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