Use of cross-laminated timber may rise in the U.S.

By Alexandra Kleeman
August 25, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Developed in Germany and Austria roughly 30 years ago, cross-laminated timber (CLT) has been used in construction across Europe for the past two decades. CLT is a type of engineered wood that rivals the load-bearing capacity of concrete and steel. Made by gluing together layers of lumber in a way that creates stronger structural integrity than regular timber, CLT is an attractive sustainable building material because it is made from the kinds of trees that have few other uses and that tend to fuel forest fires.  …Despite key benefits such as being eco-friendly, conduciveness to prefabrication, and myriad potential design applications, U.S. builders have been slow to adopt CLT. …Three recent developments in the construction industry, however, including inclusion in building codes and insurance coverage, suggest U.S. builders may soon begin using CLT more frequently in residential and commercial projects.

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