Cross laminated timber (CLT), also known as X-Lam, has enabled much innovation in the use of wood in building construction. As its production has increased over the years since 2005, it has become widely used (Lowenstein, 2011). This chapter will introduce CLT by tracing its background in research. An explanation of the manufacturing process follows and a description of the materials used. The section on mechanical characteristics explains how the properties are derived. Structural products are unusable without jointing techniques and there is a short explanation of how the composite nature of CLT affects joint design. Finally, there are case studies and thoughts on future trends.
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