1st Edition

Seismic Resistance of Vernacular Timber Frames with Infills Case Studies from Japan and Romania

By Andreea Dutu, Yoshihiro Yamazaki Copyright 2024
    158 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book provides an engineer’s perspective on the traditional construction methods for timber frames with infills, focusing on traditional paianta houses in Romania and minka houses in Japan to provide insights into the construction, seismic behavior, and design considerations of such structures.

    The nuances of each country’s traditional construction methods are considered, as well as the shared seismic culture and the similar functionality and local materials used for the houses, plus challenges from earthquake loading and fire. The efforts to preserve traditional houses in Romania are contrasted with Japan’s regulatory framework for traditional residential construction methods. Strengthening solutions are also proposed for timberframed houses with infills, considering various causes of degradation.

    Introduces examples from non- seismic and seismic- prone countries.

    Provides a comparative analysis of worldwide examples.

    • Presents design examples illustrating the integration of traditional architecture with modern design standards.

    The book serves as a comprehensive guide to the engineering intricacies of traditional houses in Romania and Japan for engineers and architects, with practical applications for new constructions worldwide.

    1. Introduction.

    2. Traditional Architecture Worldwide.

    3. Romanian Traditional Architecture.

    4. Japanese Traditional Timber Frames.

    5. Seismic Behavior of Traditional Timber Frames.

    6. Fire Resistance of Traditional Timber Frames.

    7. Strengthening Solutions.

    8. Conclusions.

    Annex 1. The Design of a Paianta House.

    Annex 2. Design Example of a Traditional Japanese Residential House.


    Andreea Dutu is a structural engineer and lecturer at the University of Civil Engineering Bucharest, Romania. She previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.

    Yoshihiro Yamazaki is a structural engineer at the Building Research Institute, Japan, working on the revision of Japanese technical standards for building structures, especially for CLT panel construction.