Cross-laminated timber (CLT) has long been heralded as a wonder material, with a light environmental footprint, high strength, quick installation times and reduced waste – so why isn’t everyone using it? Delving into the key considerations including fire safety, cost and value, visual aspects, planning, feasibility and engineering, this book is an essential companion to designing and delivering exemplar CLT buildings. Abundantly illustrated with over 130 colour images and in-depth case studies from around the world, it will help the entire project team - whether design team, constructor or clients - to better understand and build using a truly modern method of construction.

  • Outlines key challenges as well as benefits of CLT, including quality, cost and environmental benefits, risk reduction and health and safety benefits
  • Presents lessons learnt to aid the development process, from the earliest stages of design to production and assembly
  • Accessible, easy-to-read handbook format allows you to dip in and out, investigating issues as necessary
  • Multidisciplinary in approach with contributions from a range of practitioners

chapter |6 pages


chapter 1|10 pages

Manufacturing and Processing

chapter 2|12 pages

Applications and Use

chapter 3|6 pages


chapter 5|10 pages

Visual Aspects

chapter 6|10 pages

Cost and Value

chapter 7|6 pages

Planning and Social Issues

chapter 8|14 pages

Design and Procurement

chapter 9|10 pages

Engineering Aspects

chapter 10|8 pages

Refurbished Structures

chapter 11|10 pages


chapter 12|10 pages

Buildability and Assembly

chapter 13|8 pages

The International Outlook

chapter 15|8 pages

Client Issues

chapter Case Study|10 pages

Haus Gables, Atlanta, USA

chapter Case Study|8 pages

The Fitzroy, Falmouth, UK

chapter Case Study|6 pages

6 Orsman Road, London, UK

chapter |5 pages

Conclusion: The Way Ahead