New Opportunities for Timber Construction

From Architectural Record’s 2018 Innovation Conference
Presented by Marc Rivard, PE, SE Wood Products Council

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the benefits of using CLT in place of concrete and steel, including structural versatility, prefabrication, lighter carbon footprint and reduced labor costs.
  2. Explain how CLT can be used under current and future building codes and standards



Cross laminated timber (CLT) is an engineered wood building system designed to complement light- and heavy-timber framing options. Because of its high strength and dimensional stability, it can be used as an alternative to concrete, masonry and steel in many building types. This presentation will introduce CLT with a series of project examples that demonstrate its use and associated benefits in a range of applications. Information on manufacturing, specification and code-related considerations will also be discussed.


Originally published in March 2019