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
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.