The Efficiency of Structural Sealant Glazing (SSG) on Timber Frame: The Innovative Facade System for Sustainable Environment

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Sirirat Sereerat
Guillaume Legrand


This paper presents the study on the efficiency of facade system ‘the structural sealant glazing (SSG)
on timber frame’ concerning the architectural and environmental constraints. The idea of utilizing SSG on
timber frame as innovative facade system has enrolled towards an energetic action of sustainable development
for the new building construction market as well as the existing architectural transformation and renovation. In
fact, the principle of ‘SSG on timber frame’ is aimed to be the substitution of the metallic frame. The timber frame
is attached to a glass panel by structural silicone adhesive in which the timber frame must be protected from
inclement weather; from air infiltration and water penetration by the effective protection joints. The results
demonstrated the efficiencies of ‘SSG on timber frame’ with several architectural advantages especially for
environmental aspects. In comparison with the common materials used in construction such as concrete, glass,
metal, and wood (or timber), wood is the only one material derived from a renewable resource, it requires less
energy in production and reduce Greenhouse Effect Gases (GEG) in the atmosphere by stocking CO2 gas, in
contrast with metal and concrete that emit CO2 gas. In term of architectural aspect, the efficiency of SSG on
timber frame is absolutely not only the architectural esthetic quality but also the advantage in mechanical
performances better than metal especially the light mass aspect, moreover regarding in thermal and acoustic
comfort leading to improving the energy preservation of building envelope.


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