Category: Engineering

Japanese Post and Beam

Japanese Post and Beam

Before the industrialization of wooden buildings, wood construction can be generalised into two categories: block work and post construction.  Block work construction utilised stack logs while post construction formed a type of palisade structure to support a roof.  The wooden elements used in these structures […]

Prefabricated Wood Products

Prefabricated Wood Products

With the number of prefabricated homes produced yearly in the past twenty years hovering around the 200,000 unit mark [Figure 44], there is a stable business to be attended to.  However these numbers for the prefabricated housing industry in Japan are largely monopolised by the […]

Building strength from weakness

Building strength from weakness

Moving onto the 20th century, a resurgence of massive wood design occurred through the invention of new laminating and steel fastening technology.  Rather than utilising natural large dimensional lumber, new technology takes the smaller, cheaper and more readily available dimensional lumber and combines it together […]