University of Alabama Researches Taller, Sturdier Wood Buildings

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November 18, 2015

Researchers at the University of Alabama are studying ways to build taller and sturdier wood-framed buildings in earthquake-prone areas.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the university’s researchers will use Large Scale Structures Lab equipment on the campus that mimics earthquakes.

Dr. Thang Dao, an assistant professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering, “hopes to combine two methods of constructing tall woodbuildings to yield a new system that could lead to wood-framed buildings reaching eight to 12 stories that withstand earthquakes better than current methods that top out at seven stories,” the university announced in a release.

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