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DES611-A – Cross-laminated Timber: New Projects Show How the Material is Fulfilling "Tall" Orders

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Modern-day technologies and product delivery methods have created a bold new opportunity for wood products, which in turn has given rise to a new category of structural framing systems using mass timber. The possibility of tall wood buildings represents the first significant challenge to concrete and steel structures since their inception in high-rise building design more than a century ago. Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is among the products helping drive this trend.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe what cross-laminated timber is and how it relates to mass timber construction.
  2. Evaluate the performance of CLT and recite the benefits associated with its use.
  3. Research examples of existing mass timber projects in the US.
  4. Specify design options and tools for mass timber projects.


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