Researchers use local species to expand market for cross-laminated timber

Daniel Hindman, associate professor of wood engineering in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, has researched high-performance wood composites for the better part of a decade. Four years ago, he seized the chance to help develop a material made from North American lumber that would be strong enough to replace concrete.

The product is called cross-laminated timber (CLT): solid wood panels up to a foot and a half thick glued together from planks, like massive blocks of plywood. In 2012, he and a team from the college’s Department of Sustainable Biomaterials were awarded a grant to evaluate CLTs made from species native to Virginia...

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