Recent code changes and greater interest in environmentally friendly materials have made mid-rise and tall wood-framed buildings more popular than ever among builders. But, moving from your typical 3-4 storey wood structure to a 5, 6, or even 12-storey raises potential challenges such as fire code regulations, more demanding energy code requirements, increased exposure to wind and rain, shrinkage, and differential movement. ROCKWOOL stone wool insulation can help you address many of these to ensure your wood structure meets both your design and performance goals.
The Origine project in Québec sets the stage for more sustainable building practices in North America.
While offering a number of benefits, a building envelope of its height consisting primarily of wood made some uneasy. Fire safety is a top concern, particularly since Origine is laying the groundwork for future sustainable wood buildings.
Withstanding temperatures of up to 1,000°C, our stone wool products protect combustible elements and steel structures.
Sustainable stone wool insulation contributes to the development of modern net-zero buildings that take as little off the grid as possible.
Stone wool resists the transfer of heat in a wall assembly that causes layers on the other side to begin burning or smoking.
Sprinklers are an important requirement, but at only 88% effectiveness 1, they're an unacceptable trade-off to using non-combustible materials.
Building fires today develop 5-10 times faster 2 than they did 50 years ago due primarily to our increased use of synthetic materials. Fire-resistant stone wool insulation can slow the spread of fire, providing more time for people to escape and fire fighters to arrive.
Energy efficiency targets in North American building codes are increasing. Continuous insulation is one of the best ways you can meet new requirements. A stable R-value makes high-density stone wool a good choice for long-term thermal performance.
Taller wood structures introduce different challenges that need to be addressed. See our top tips to build a safer, more energy-efficient mid-rise wood structure.
Fire and water resistant, ROCKWOOL CAVITYROCK® products are semi-rigid, stone wool insulation boards designed for exterior cavity and rainscreen applications.
ROCKWOOL COMFORTBOARD™ 110 is a rigid, high-density, stone wool insulation board used as exterior continuous insulation in commercial applications.