Last edited 29 Aug 2017

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Wood and hybrid structures

Hybrid structures combine the best properties of each material to achieve efficient solutions for complex designs. 10 of the key facts about wood and hybrid structures are listed below:

  • Some building materials don’t suit the ‘one size fits all’ criteria. Hybrid construction takes the best qualities from each material.
  • Hybrid construction is particularly common when building large or tall structures to provide extra structural support.
  • Hybrid structures can be aesthetically pleasing, cost effective, and sustainable. Designs can be as simple or complex as needed. Hybrid construction is particularly beneficial for more complex designs.
  • Hybrid structures are often made from elements constructed offsite. Offsite construction means faster build times, better quality and creates less disruption, noise and mess.
  • Hybrid structures maximise structural efficiency and can reduce carbon footprint. They can be an economical, architectural, sustainable and structurally feasible alternative. Initial costs can be high but the speed of construction may balance this out.
  • Wood is great for compression and steel is great for tension. When combined, they can make a very sturdy building.

--Wood for Good

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Sources: TRADA “Hybrid construction: Timber-based solutions to structural challenges”; B&K Structures; Designing Buildings Wiki.