Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Green agenda – Timber technology

Currently timber is enjoying renewed popularity as a building material because it is carbon-neutral, a good thermal insulator, structurally strong and has the look and feel of a natural resource. If one product encapsulates the current vogue for wood in buildings it is cross-laminated timber (CLT). This structural plywood can be produced up to 27 layers and in panel sizes up to 3m long. The great appeal of CLT is that it is an all-in-one material that can be used as structure, fabric and finish. CLT is invariably produced by, market experts in Austria, Germany and Switzerland (included is a link to German company, Binderholz Bausysteme catalogue which details technical data, characteristic values and various ready made constructions). Despite the continental production, UK architects have been pushing the boundaries of CLT application in projects such as the Woodland Trust headquarters in Grantham and Sainsbury’s in Darmouth.

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