Glass, timber and adhesive joints - Innovative load bearing building components

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Structural glass-timber composite beams and shear wall elements were investigated in terms of their mechanical behaviour, energy performance and their LCA performance. The load bearing components were manufactured using annealed float glass which was adhesively bonded to the timber with different adhesives. The results show, among other things, that is is possible to join the two materials glass and timber and obtaining a non-brittle failure of the beams. The shear wall elements have the potential of being used as stabilising elements and load bearing walls in buildings of up to 4 storeys height. It is possible to combine glass and timber in a load bearing shear wall without loss of energy performance of a building or without loosing LCA performance. In addition to these benefits, the timber glass composite wall has, of course the benefit of being transparent.


  • Louise Blyberg
  • Maria Lang
  • Karin Lundstedt
  • Matilda Schander
  • Erik Serrano
  • Magnus Silfverhielm
  • Christina Stålhandske
External organisations
  • Linnaeus University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Mechanical Engineering


  • Timber, Glass, Load bearing, Adhesive, Beam, Shear wall, Energy consumption, LCA, Passive house
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-478
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes