Building with timber

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Across the world, designers and engineers are increasingly using the strength, stability and design flexibility of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) products to create high-quality buildings.

Particularly popular in Scandinavia, Australia and the United States, structural timber buildings are pushing boundaries in design, attaining heights and spans that would have previously required concrete, steel, or masonry to achieve. Whether it’s the world’s tallest timber building, the ‘Plyscraper’, which stands 280ft in Norway, or the world’s largest load-bearing timber structure, a 121 residential unit in East London, timber continues to demonstrate its credentials as a modern, reliable structural building material. As well as the use of CLT there is a diversity to how highly engineered structural timber is used in construction, from glulam, a high-performance product for structural engineering manufactured from layers of parallel timber laminations; to laminated veneer lumber (LVL) that uses multiple layers of thin wood assembled with adhesives, right through to the more familiar softwoods used as beams and joists in the construction of houses.