Laminated wood -- Technolgical innovations, Laminated wood construction -- Oregon, LEVER Architecture, Sustainable forestry -- Oregon
In a rapidly urbanizing world fueled by the enormous demand to house and shelter billions of people in the upcoming decades, building materials must be utilized that have a lighter climate impact than today’s commonly used energy-intensive building materials.
Is there an alternative to the energy-intensive concrete jungle that is both sustainable and financially viable? How can our built environment enhance, rather than destroy, the natural environment? Part of the solution lies in a recent innovation that uses one of the world’s oldest building materials, wood, with a modern twist: cross-laminated timber, often abbreviated as CLT. These wood-based structures can create an integration between the urban built environment and the natural world.
Crampton, Andrew. (2017) Cross-laminated Timber: An Innovative Building Material Takes Hold in Oregon. Metroscape, Winter 2017, pages 6-12.
Originally appeared in the Winter 2017 edition of Metroscape, published by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University.