Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - — Claire Young

Help­ing achieve height with strength in mid-rise, wood-frame build­ings is a rel­a­tively new wood prod­uct called cross-lam­i­nated tim­ber.

It’s a form of en­gi­neered wood that stacks kil­ndried tim­ber boards at right an­gles, with sur­faces glued to­gether.

The boards are then pressed to make solid struc­tural wood pan­els.

They cre­ate a stronger prod­uct that can be used for parts of mid-rise con­struc­tion, such as cre­at­ing el­e­va­tor shafts in­stead of us­ing con­crete, or for larger struc­tural com­po­nents in taller build­ings.

Cross-lam­i­nated tim­ber has been used in Europe to build nine-storey build­ings and is be­ing con­sid­ered for a high­rise in Fin­land.

En­vi­ron­men­tal sell­ing points are that cross­lam­i­nated tim­ber is a re­new­able re­source, pro­duc­tion min­i­mizes waste, and pan­els can be pro­duced in a range of stan­dard and cus­tom­iz­a­ble sizes.

It also has the po­ten­tial to be car­bon neu­tral, says the cross­lam­i­nat­ed­tim­ web­site.

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