Webinar to Address Cross Laminated Timber, a Potential Urban Wood Use

Cross Laminated TimberThe NAASF Forest Utilization Committee, USDA Forest Service and WoodWorks are organizing a free webinar focusing on the use of wood, including Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) in building construction.

The “Role of Wood in Modern Building Construction” will examine the current “wood revolution,” including factors motivating architects and engineers to expand their use of wood and the potential benefits in terms of rural economic development, long-term forest health and carbon sequestration in buildings.

The use of CLT, especially in tall wood buildings, will be discussed. CLT is a promising engineered wood product that has been used to construct buildings in Europe for 20 years and is now gaining interest and a market foot-hold in the United States. Because of its high strength and dimensional stability, CLT can be used as an alternative to concrete, masonry and steel in many building types.

Of interest to urban wood stakeholders, CLT offers opportunities to enhance markets for small-diameter and low-value wood resources.

The one-hour webinar is scheduled for 2 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday, Nov. 10. It offers an opportunity for state foresters, utilization staff specialists, and others involved in supporting the forest products industry to learn more about opportunities to promote use of engineered wood products in construction at a local level.

WoodWorks is an organization established to provide free technical support, education and resources related to the design of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings to architects and engineers to promote the use of wood in construction. WoodWorks does this through seminars, technical assistance, information products and through Wood Design Awards that aim to encourage innovation in construction using wood materials.

To participate in the webinar, refer to these instructions:

  • Use this link to connect to the Adobe Connect web meeting: 
  • Keep “Enter as a Guest” selected
  •  Type your name into the “name” box
  •  Click “Enter Room”
  •  For audio: dial in to the teleconference:  Conference call number: (888) 844-9904 Passcode: 4410499

Click here for additional information, including available literature and a video showcasing CLT how it’s made and its multiple benefits.