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Is cross-laminated timber suitable for building structures to thirty levels?

ByJ.B. Chapman

The paper exam ines the potential of Cross-Laminated Ti mber for commercial multi-storey building. A worldwide interest in tim ber multi-storey buildings is expected due to the envir onmental advantages of timber construction when compared to concrete and steel. Cross-laminated Timber, or CLT, is a recent developm ent that glues and clamps timber planks in alternate layers to form large panels. The cross-laminating ensures reliable strength and stability. CLT construction has been used successfully for the nine storey Murray Grove Stadhaus buildi ng in East Central London which is regarded as the world’s tallest timber residential building.