Mod About You: CLT Materials Could Bring in a New Wave of Construction

By Adam Bonislawski
Commercial Observer
November 15, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Regal Homes’ residential condominium development The Cube sits in London’s Hackney borough, but much of its construction was done some 900 miles away. The cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels that clad the building were produced in Unternberg, Austria, by CLT manufacturing firm Binderholz, which used digital 3D modeling tools to design and cut the panels, rehearsed how they would be put together onsite in London and then determined the sequence in which they would be shipped across the continent. “Then they were loaded onto [trucks], driven over to [the U.K.] and delivered to the construction site using a just-in-time delivery process,” said Damien Cartmell, Regal’s managing director for construction.  …“There is a huge disruption coming to the construction industry, and it’s based on the idea that the system is largely broken,” said Michael Green, the principal of Vancouver-based Michael Green Architecture and a major proponent of building with CLT.

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