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Status of cross-laminated timber construction in North-America

WithS. Gagnon & E. Karacabeyli

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is a relatively new building system of interest in the North American construction and is helping to de fine a new c lass of timber products known as massive or “mass” timber. It is a p otentially co st-competitive w ood-based solu tion that complements the existing light frame and heavy timber options, and is a suitable candidate for some applications that currently use concrete, masonry and steel. CLT is an innovative wood product that was introduced in the early 1990s in Austria and Germany and has been gaining popularity in residential and non-residential applications in Europe.