In the construction of buildings, the timber-concrete (TCC) system can be a cost-competitive solution for floors with longer spans, since the mechanical properties of the two materials are used efficiently. Furthermore, the additional mass from the concrete improves the acoustic performance compared to a timber floor system alone. Nevertheless, TCC floors are not commonly used in buildings in Canada, due to the absence of technical guidelines for such types of structural systems in this country.
The project objective is to provide key data on the laminating properties of Canadian wood species to assist the secondary manufacturing industry to meet domestic and international customer expectations. This is a progress report to March 31, 1999.