Miki (Kobe), Japan, October 23, 2007. For the first time in history, a seven-storey wooden house has been exposed to a simulation of the earthquake that destroyed Kobe in 1995.
This test is the gemstone of the SOFIE project (Sistema Costruttivo Fiemme) which was born as a collaboration between the institute IVALSA of the National Research Council and the Autonomous Province of Trento and whose aim is to finally demonstrate the absolute reliability and safety, besides other values such as comfort, sustainability and saving of energy, of wood as a construction material.
MAI-Ivalsa Modular House is an environmentally sustainable system of pre-fabricated housing modules with structural technology based on X-lam solid timber panels and hence is made with renewable materials. A new technological system is being investigated in this project that can use re-used X-lam for the load-bearing structure and that can be prefabricated at one site and successfully transported to another. [ivalsa.cnr.it]
The fire test on a three-storey SOFIE building carried out in March at the Building Research Institute in Tsukuba in Japan has shown that this building type can survive a blast of one hour maintaining its mechanical properties and structural integrity, thus never endangering its inhabitants and showing capacities absolutely comparable to those of concrete or brick buildings. For the test, one room was filled with mattresses and furniture which was then lighted with petrol. The flames spread within the room until reaching the ceiling, but the other rooms remained untouched and the load-bearing structures of the building were only marginally touched. A result expected by the researchers and adepts of the sector who know perfectly well that a building with a load-bearing system made of wood, designed and realised according to the state-of-the-art, has no higher fire risk than other buildings.
VTT - Un giorno al Museo dell’Accademia. Il campionamento degli anelli sugli strumenti musicali della Collezione Cherubini.
VTT - One day at the Museum of the Accademia. The sampling of the tree-rings on the musical instruments of the Cherubini Collection.