Funded Research Projects: SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Next Generation CLT: Combining Thermal Modification and Carbon-based Nanomaterials

Research Sponsored By: US Forest Service
Principal Investigator: Ivan Eastin
Project Description
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels represent a new and innovative engineered wood product that is rapidly gaining acceptance in Europe, Canada and Japan. However, the development of a CLT industry in the US has been slowed by a number of factors. One issue that has restricted the adoption of CLT construction in the US has been concern with its fire performance, and ability to comply with fire codes in cities. Another issue has been concern about the durability of CLT panels when exposed to moisture in exterior applications. This project aims to improve the fire and moisture performance of CLT panels through the use of two new and innovative technologies that have never been applied to CLT panels. The successful application of these innovative technologies, the thermal modification of lumber and carbon-based nanomaterials, would radically change the landscape for CLT panels and significantly speed their adoption and diffusion within the low-to-medium rise buildings sector.