Energy and Acoustic Performances of Timber in Buildings
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The use of timber in buildings represents a strong alternative to traditional heavyweight materials in constructions. It allows CO2 storage, high structure and performance reproducibility, fast assembly and final certification of every panel. Nowadays, thermal and acoustic insulation are among the most requested performances on the part of inhabitants, but not always fulfilled. Since these kind of edifices are relatively new in the market, there are very few studies on their thermal and acoustic properties. In this work, an in-depth analysis of timber properties in buildings is presented, focusing on how thermal and acoustic performances could be analyzed and predicted. Traditional methods are critically reported and analyzed; furthermore, new equations and numerical models are proposed.