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Selection of structural system for wooden public building: Multiple criteria approach

Tupenaite, Laura; Gecys, Tomas; Kanapeckiene, Loreta; Sajjadian, Seyed Masoud; Naimaviciene, Jurga


Laura Tupenaite

Tomas Gecys

Loreta Kanapeckiene

Jurga Naimaviciene


There has been a growing interest in the construction industry for using materials with lower environmental impacts, in this context, stakeholders increasingly seeing wood as the natural and sustainable option for public buildings. Studies worldwide have already investigated modern structural systems for wooden construction. However, the selection of alternative structural systems is rarely discussed, alternatives are seldom compared. To close a gap this paper proposes a framework for selection of the structural system for a wooden public building based on a Simple Additive Weighting (SAW) multiple criteria assessment method. The proposed methodology is applied for the case of a public wooden building – shopping centre in Lithuania. Three structural systems (1) double tapered glued laminated beams and columns, (2) laminated veneer lumber (LVL) trusses and columns and (3) single tapered glued laminated beam and I type steel column are compared. The research allowed distinguishing the most efficient structural system according to eight conflicting quantitative and qualitative criteria, which, in this case, contains double tapered glued laminated beams and columns. Proposed assessment framework is relatively simple to apply, therefore can be successfully used in practice.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name The 13th international conference: Modern building materials, structures and techniques
Start Date May 16, 2019
End Date May 17, 2019
Acceptance Date May 1, 2019
Publication Date 2019
Deposit Date Nov 19, 2020
Publicly Available Date Nov 20, 2020
Pages 691-697
Series ISSN 2029-9915
Book Title The 13th international conference: Modern building materials, structures and techniques
Keywords wooden construction, structural systems, public building, multiple criteria assessment
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© 2019 Authors. Published by VGTU Press. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution ( License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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