Building Greener with Glulam

Construction and building design now emphasizes a greener environment focusing on energy efficiency, using environmentally friendly materials, and sustainable building practices. One of the best ways to achieve these results is through building with wood.

Contractors can go one step further by using glued laminated timber (glulam) to ensure the use of the greenest wood product. Using glulam products allows for higher strength lumber in areas with added stress points. Glulam products also allow for lower grades of lumber to be used, but still has the strength and fortitude of regular timber. This is accomplished by using more wood fiber in the manufacturing of the product and lower-grade tree or smaller-dimension trees.

Glulam is known for its strength and beauty and is called the workhorse by construction designers. It is commonly used in hidden applications for strength and also can be left exposed for design elements like vaulted ceilings, where strength is needed but beauty is equally important.

Glulam has been manufactured in the United States since the late 1930s. Using glulam increases design values, improves product performance, and decreases cost. Its manufacturers continue to find other ways to make glulam green enough and tough enough to meet today’s construction trends.