Timber is more versatile than concrete
Timber can be sourced with a limited range of densities and strengths. It can be factory processed into sawn timber, or into laminated beams, columns and panels. But in terms of versatility, concrete takes this to another level compared with timber allowing structural designers enormous scope to meet and optimise application requirements in the most sustainable manner.
Concrete is a suitable material for a wide range of applications
As a material, concrete is versatile across many parameters, including its constituents, composition, method of manufacture, product range, method of placement, and exposure conditions for which it is designed. This versatility, combined with the inherent performance benefits of concrete, means that concrete is a suitable material for a wide range of applications in the built environment and that there is much scope for designers to optimise sustainability in each application.
This structural versatility provides the engineer, often working with the architect, enormous scope to meet the application requirements in an optimum way. As sustainability becomes increasingly important, the above versatility aspects of concrete enable the structural designer to:
- Optimise material use
- Minimise carbon impacts
- Consider both offsite or onsite construction
or a combination of the two
- Optimise water use