Unit 3. Structure of Buildings

Before you read the text, discuss the following questions with your group mates or teacher.

1) Do you know what structural systems are?

2) What parts of a building can be made from wood?

3) How does laminated veneer lumber function?

4) What are I-joists used for?

5) What advantages do manufactured trusses have?

6) Why is steel one of the major structural materials?

7) What structural shape do you know?

8) How are steel frames erected at the building site?

9) What is in-situ concrete used for?

Text: Structural Systems

The structures of buildings are mostly skeleton frames of various types. New domestic housing in many parts of the world today is commonly made from timber-made construction. Wood products are becoming a bigger part of the construction industry. They may be used in both residential and commercial buildings as structural and aesthetic materials. In buildings made of other materials, wood is still found as a supporting material, especially in roof construction, in interior doors and their frames, and as exterior cladding.

Laminated veneer lumber functions as beams to provide support over large spans, such as removed support walls and places where dimensional lumber is not sufficient, and also in areas where a heavy load is bearing from a floor, wall or roof above on a short span. Wood I-joists are used for floor joists on upper floors. They are engineered for long spans and are doubled up in places where a wall will bed aligned over them. Glued laminated beams are created by gluing the faces together to create beams. By gluing multiple, common sized pieces of lumber together act as one larger piece of lumber. Manufactured trusses are used in home construction as a prefabricated replacement for roof rafters and ceiling joists. It is seen as an easier installation and a better solution for supporting roofs as opposed to the use of lumber struts and purlins as bracing.

Steel is one of the major structural materials in buildings. It is a strong and stiff material. It can be quickly fabricated and erected. The lightest and most efficient structural shape is the bar (or open web) joist, a standard truss made with angles for the top and bottom chords, joined by welding to a web made of a continuous bent rod. It is used almost exclusively to support roofs and can span up to 45 meters. The standard rolled shape are frequently used as beams and columns, the wide flange, or W-shape, being the most common. Where steel beams support concrete floor slabs poured onto a metal deck, they can be made to act compositely with the concrete.

Reinforced concrete is also a major structural material in buildings. In-situ concrete is used for foundations and for structural skeleton frames.  

Precast concrete structural members are fabricated in the control conditions in a factory.


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