The Guild of Satirists and Humourists, Edinburgh
The scheme deploys low-carbon materials and products, as well as sustainable construction methods, in expressing heritage architectural language. Low embodied carbon and lightweight materials are specified and underpin the structural scheme. The superstructure is a steel-CLT hybrid solution, with a steel column-beam frame and CLT structural insulated panels, and incorporates reclaimed materials.
IDEA StatiCa was used to evaluate beam, column, and moment frame designs to optimize material economy, and for connection design. Passivhaus standards are referenced, which poses an opportunity for IDEA StatiCa to be further utilized for the specification of joints and connections to avoid thermal bridges and allow for operable fenestration and movable partitions.
Other goals include adaptability and/or deconstruction. Another vital consideration in connection design would be the ease of disassembly and reuse.