Advantages of Conventional Wood System
Despite the limitations of the conventional wood system, it has a few distinct advantages.
1. Flexibility. Because the system is built piece by piece, it is virtually capable of forming any concrete shape. A complicated architectural design can be formed only by this system.
2. Economy. This system is not economical in terms of labor productivity and material waste. However, the system may be economical for small projects with limited potential reuses. The system has the advantage of low makeup cost or initial cost. Also, for restricted site conditions, where storage areas are not available and the use of cranes is difficult, the conventional wood system might be the only feasible alternative. (It is interesting to note that a skyscraper built in the late 1980s in New York City used the conventional wood system because of restricted site conditions.)
3. Availability. Wood is a construction material that is available virtually anywhere. In areas where formwork suppliers are not available, a conventional wood system may be the only feasible alternative. Availability and low labor cost are the two main reasons behind the popularity of
the conventional wood system in the developed countries.