There is no best construction system

Jordi Muntada

February 27, 2024
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For there is no such thing as the best construction system.

Any solution must be liquid, i.e., adaptable to needs and constraints.

I am sorry to tell you that desires for luxury are secondary. I recommend you to put it in your head as soon as possible. We get a lot of clients who want to build their new house, and they care more about the content than the container.

In this case, the container would be the structure of the house, and the content would be everything else. In the future I will talk about wood fiber and rock wool as thermal insulators. Subscribe to the Newsletter and follow us on Instagram and Linkedin.

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Well, it is the content that raises the final budget, and not so much the container.

The continent may condition the budget, but it should be secondary to you in the sense that we are the ones who want to free you from such a task. Deciding is costly. Choosing one thing or another generates stress. In the end, for us, the best solution is the one that best suits the architecture, the terrain, the weather, and a handful of other variables. Typically, we choose between lightweight framing and cross-laminated timber. Each offers advantages and disadvantages, but sometimes it's best to combine the best of both. That's when you get an even better construction solution, which is a hybrid. It is not at all unusual to decide to build a house partially in light frame and partially in CLT. What is often done is to erect the walls with Lattice and put the slabs of CLT. With this last hybrid solution you get to gain centimeters of thickness by having thinner walls that already incorporate the insulation and facilities inside, and at the same time, you get the strength and robustness of CLT in slabs, so that when you go up to the first or second floor, you feel in your feet that robustness that you like so much.

Sustainability and respect for the environment have become fundamental pillars in the contemporary construction sector. In this context, hybrid construction solutions, combining cross-laminated timber (CLT) and lightweight framing, emerge as innovative alternatives that not only meet design and functionality requirements, but also embrace the commitment to environmental protection. The use of wood, a renewable resource, in the construction of hybrid structures plays a crucial role in reducing the carbon footprint of buildings. Unlike traditional building materials such as concrete or steel, the production of which emits a significant amount of CO2, wood acts as a carbon sink, storing the carbon dioxide absorbed during its growth. This process not only contributes to mitigating climate change, but also promotes sustainable forest management, ensuring that the forests from which the wood is harvested are reforested and maintain their biodiversity.

In addition, construction techniques using CLT and lightweight framing promote energy efficiency over the life of the building. The ability of these materials to provide superior thermal insulation means that buildings require less energy for heating and cooling, resulting in lower consumption of non-renewable energy resources and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Prefabrication of structural elements in a controlled environment also minimizes material waste and optimizes the use of resources, key aspects of green construction.

The choice of construction solutions that integrate cross-laminated timber and lightweight framing thus reflects a vision of the future in which architecture and construction are aligned with the principles of sustainability. By adopting these technologies, projects not only achieve outstanding aesthetics and functionality, but also actively contribute to environmental conservation, demonstrating that it is possible to combine innovation, beauty and ecological responsibility in the design and construction of our living spaces.

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