It’s no surprise to us that innovative systems like engineered wood structures (including SIPS) are one of the fasted growing structural solutions for mid-rise multifamily buildings. The switch away from traditional 2×4 and 2×6 lumber is a long time coming, and one that many contractors have been hesitant to embrace.
When ready to address sustainability concerns wood products are the way to go. The catch being choosing engineered products for predictability, straight and plump structures, and accurate measuring. The days of excessive installation time and endless measuring, cutting, shimming and correcting to get ONE wall (or floor or roof) section square are over. Builders are smarter about their installation methods and designers are thrilled to be able to use framing systems that are significantly more efficient for the end user.
Architectural Record with it’s supreme reputation in the AEC industry has taken notice of this shift and highlights some of the reasons why more and more structures are now framed as engineered wood structures.