Status of cross-laminated timber in North America

Omar Espinoza, Urs Buehlmann, Maria Fernanda Laguarda-Mallo, Vladimir Rodríguez Trujillo

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This study surveyed experts on Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) on their perspectives about research with the most positive impact on the advancement of CLT as building material in North America. Results from this study show that CLT experts in North America believe that architects are relatively well informed about CLT compared with other construction professionals, where awareness of CLT is low. The most important barriers to the adoption of CLT in North America are: the existing misperceptions held by building industry professionals about wood, and thus about CLT; the missing technical information about CLT as a building system; and the compatibility of CLT with the building codes. Research is most urgently needed to further evaluate CLT's seismic and fire properties, and the performance of connectors and fasteners employed in CLT buildings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWCTE 2016 - World Conference on Timber Engineering
PublisherVienna University of Technology
ISBN (Electronic)9783903039001
StatePublished - 2016
Event2016 World Conference on Timber Engineering, WCTE 2016 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: Aug 22 2016Aug 25 2016

Publication series

NameWCTE 2016 - World Conference on Timber Engineering


Other2016 World Conference on Timber Engineering, WCTE 2016


  • Awareness
  • CLT
  • Cross-Laminated Timber
  • Engineered wood products
  • Research needs


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