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Fire/Earthquake Resistance

Fire resistance
Despite the fact that it consists of flammable material, glulam has an extraordinary fire resistance. Since it has no cracks, it carbonises evenly, creating a protective film which slows down the flame propagation towards the inside. While burning does cause a reduction of the material, it does not, however, diminish its mechanic characteristics. In contrast to other materials, wood will not yield abruptly, meaning that the building will collapse slowly and gradually.
Earthquake resistance
In addition to its stability in terms of structure and dimensions, glulam is characterised by a high earthquake resistance. As a matter of fact, the material is five times lighter than reinforced concrete and fifteen times lighter than steel. On account of its low specific weight and extraordinary mechanic resistance, the effects of earthquakes will be reduced considerably.
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