15 Dec '11, 8pm

New Uses for Wood in Construction

Wood is a versatile construction material. It has been used for thousands of years. It has low embodied energy compared to many other building materials, and it serves to sequester carbon. But, compared with steel, it is relatively weak, and that, combined with its inherent combustability, has meant that wood is not used for structures more than a few stories tall. Now, a new development in wood construction called cross-laminated timber (CLT) is making new possibilities available in wood construction.

Full article: http://www.ecogeek.org/architecture/3660-new-uses-for-woo...

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