As far as strength and design flexibility, open-web trusses are also a cost-effective choice. Because commercial building projects are usually built under strict budgets, structural materials play a huge factor in a client's construction expenses.
The diversity of configurations and depths along with other elements helps professionals select an open-web truss that meets specifications for load-bearing while reducing the materials actually needed. In addition, when products are used in commercial wood buildings that adhere to a state's building code, there are less construction delays waiting for inspections or approval-allowing for smoother phases of construction.
Commercial Wood Buildings That Meet Maine's New Code
A newly mandated building code, MUBEC, is enforced by the state of Maine. The code is actually comprised of four technical standards and four international codes that require that all commercial buildings be constructed with a sustainable, eco-friendly design. Because these codes and standards are highly complex, it takes time to get a proper understanding of them to avoid non-compliance issues later on.
Design Flexibility and Sustainability of Commercial Wood Buildings
The design and construction of commercial buildings have its share of limitations and challenges. One common limitation is the construction of a ceiling that spans across a large area without the support of interior walls and columns.
Commercial buildings typically need to allow more room for various activities that will take place inside of them. Therefore, forethought needs to be given to its design so that it neither detracts from its appearance nor will limit the amount of space that can be used due to interior structures. A solution to this problem was the development of open-web roof trusses.
When commercial buildings require overhangs, higher pitched roofs, dormers, offsets or unusual roof lines, it is less expensive to choose wood to steel. Commercial wood buildings are also easier to insulate and are not affected by severe thermal bridging.
The ongoing development of engineered wood is increasing its popularity as a sustainable, durable and flexible material. Presently, trusses, beams and engineered wood have remarkable load carrying capability that come in lengths capable of covering large areas. Aside from these attributes, commercial wood buildings have an aesthetic quality that delivers a natural beauty that is overall more unique in its design. In today's market, commercial wood buildings can now be designed with open-web trusses of various profiles: tapered, pitched, straight, barrel, parabolic and scissors among others.
The construction industry has never been more competitive than it is right now. Due to these factors, many clients prefer commercial wood buildings as an alternative. Open-web trusses are easy to install and are sturdy; and they are typically manufactured according to each client's specifications.
For commercial ceilings over 100 feet, open-web trusses are an ideal solution for design flexibility and reduced building costs. Their splitting resistance and excellent loading capacity performance allows for long spans of wood to be constructed with fewer supporting structures. For other building applications where design flexibility is required, open trusses offer another advantages. They allow for easy routing of light fixtures, wires, ducts, and other utilities at the time of installation, and create a light, airy feel to commercial wood buildings.