There are many famous buildings and structures across the globe. When you think of Rome, Italy the Colosseum might come to mind. The Eiffel Tower may represent Paris, France and the Sears Tower is an iconic structure in Chicago, Illinois. All of these buildings were constructed with concrete or steel. Most structures are still being built with these materials today. However, there is a new structural material that is becoming popular with builders, specifically in the UK. This new material is called Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT). It is a form of manufactured lumber and was developed in Switzerland and Germany in the 1990s.
According to a developer of a big project in London’s Elephant and Castle, the renewable material has very little waste during production and is very carbon efficient to transport.
There are many benefits in using CLT. One of the biggest benefits is that the structure can be built quickly and efficiently. Building one project took only eight workers to construct, compared to 60 or 70 if built with concrete. It took 12 weeks instead of 20. This time efficient benefit can have a positive impact on the construction site and the surrounding area. Cutting the construction time in half significantly reduces the waste and pollution produced during the build, keeping the land, water, and air cleaner.
This timber provides a number of environmental benefits in addition to its excellent thermal performance. Wood is the only major building material that grows naturally and is renewable, and life cycle assessment studies consistently show that wood outperforms steel and concrete in terms of embodied energy, air pollution and water pollution. It also has a lighter carbon footprint because wood products continue to store carbon absorbed by the trees while growing, and wood manufacturing requires less energy and results in less greenhouse gas emissions.
Another benefit includes the CLT panels being manufactured for specific end-use applications, which results in little to no job waste. Plus, manufacturers can reuse fabrication scraps for stairs and other architectural elements, or as biofuel.
Cross-Laminated timber is already common in Europe and becoming common in Canada. As codes get changed in the United States to permit higher wood structures and CLT plants continue to get built, we will probably see much of the same happen here. There is almost an endless supply of pine-beetled damaged wood available and it is just a matter of time until we start using it.
Here at Budget Dumpster, we are eco-friendly and support the idea of a quick and efficient construction project. The less waste we have on our land, the better. Budget Dumpster prohibits any hazardous waste in our containers. Items such as car tires or batteries, paints or any toxic or flammable materials. If your construction site is using cross-laminated timber and you need dumpsters, check out our website and give us a call!