What is Cross Laminated Timber?
Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) is an engineered wood used to go along with light and heavy timber building materials. It can be used as an alternative to concrete, steel, and masonry in many different types of building. CLT is a better alternatives for a few reasons.
CLT has more durability when it comes to seismic and fire activity. CLT meets all requirements for fire accidents. It has a high fire rating and acts like concrete when exposed to fire. It is extremely hard to light on fire, and has a tendency to put its own fires out.
Aside from durability, CLT is also more environmentally friendly than its alternatives. The wood is harvested from sustainably managed forests. This, in turn, means that CLT is a very renewable resource, and the processing is less harmful to the environment in comparison to its alternatives like steel and concrete.
Cross laminated timber is sometimes more expensive than other materials, but costs up to 50% less than the others to install. CLT is easier to install. This leads to your building project being done on time, and sometimes even ahead of schedule. Your finished building project will also weigh a fraction of the weight of other construction jobs. If those benefits weren’t enough to get you interested, CLT is safer during construction due to the prefabricated wood panels requiring very little power equipment.