The development of the system was based on the cooperation of two important manufacturers of building structures, RD Rýmařov s. r. o. (manufacturer of prefabricated wooden structures) and ŽPSV s. r. o. (manufacturer of reinforced concrete prefabricated structures) and the University Center for Energy Efficient Buildings of the Czech Technical University in Prague, which deals with research and development of wooden and concrete structures.
Both main materials have their technological and physical limits, and TiCo solves them. The use of wood as a structural material for the load-bearing structures of multi-storey buildings is possible, but disadvantageous - static design leads to larger cross-sections of structural elements, which take up more space in the floor plan, and also leads to high cross-sections of load-bearing elements of ceiling structures, which mean higher structural heights than would be necessary and optimal. Another problem is the greater deformability of the wooden structure with regard to the small modulus of elasticity of the wood, as a result of which failures of subsequent structures can often occur (cracks in partitions, perimeter casings, soffits and their surface layers). Considering the small area weight of wooden ceiling structures, acoustics are also a frequent problem.
For the reasons mentioned above, the use of a reinforced concrete structure for the load-bearing part of the building was proposed. The load-bearing framework made of high-quality concrete brings the following strengths to the TiCo system:
On the other hand, there are advantages of wood-based constructions for cladding the building and interior partitions. These include: