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Wood Construction Goes Beyond Its Traditional Roots

Photo of Installation of a cross-laminated timber panel for Promega building in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. Steve Schmieding, USDA Forest ServiceInstallation of a cross-laminated timber panel for Promega building in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. Steve Schmieding, USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : As interest in sustainable building options continues to grow. Wood construction is going beyond its traditional roots in housing and expanding into mid-rise, high-rise, and non-residential applications. To support this trend, a new U.S. guide for the early adoption of cross-laminated timber, an innovative engineered wood product, is now available. This publication is just what the construction industry needs to start incorporating a relatively new product into their designs.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Kretschmann, David E.Bilek, Ted
Rammer, Douglas R.Glass, Samuel V.
Research Station : Forest Products Laboratory (FPL)
Year : 2013
Highlight ID : 439

Summary

Developed for building professionals, the U.S. edition of the Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) handbook provides technical information for the design, construction, and implementation of CLT systems and illustrates applications adapted to current codes and standards. FPL researchers contributed to the publication in multiple areas of expertise, including manufacturing and standardization; economics and assessment of market opportunities; structural design concerning seismic performance and connection design; fire performance; and heat, air, and moisture control in enclosures. The U.S. CLT Handbook is important because it opens up the opportunity for architects and engineers to implement the use of CLT in the United States. The documentation provided is necessary as codes and standards in the U.S. vary slightly from those in Canada and Europe where CLT is already being used more frequently.

Additional Resources

reThink Wood(external web site)

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • APA
  • American Wood Council
  • FPInnovations
  • Woodworks