Cross laminated timber or CLT, was developed in Austria in the 1990’s as a structural wood building product engineered to replace steel and concrete in building construction. 

What is CLT ? It is laminated sheets of wood glued together much like plywood only thicker and much stronger. 

Why use CLT ? It is a renewal forest product which absorbs CO2 and can be recycled when its original purpose has been retired.

The New York Times reported on the background and use of CLT last week. Popular in Europe, in use in Austrialia, CLT is just starting to be recognized in the United States.  Innovative Timber Solutions, LLC  is marketing CLT products now in the US.  Below is one of their instructive videos on how CLT is produced and can be used.  It may be worth considering as a componant in your next project.

 

 

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Brad Kaplan

Brad assists Owners, Operators and Receivers of Hotel, Office and Industrial properties with their Real Estate, Finance, Leasing, Construction and Organizational challenges; specifically, negotiating and drafting hospitality, purchase, sale, financing, leasing, construction, franchise and management agreements. He has in the past and presently…

Brad assists Owners, Operators and Receivers of Hotel, Office and Industrial properties with their Real Estate, Finance, Leasing, Construction and Organizational challenges; specifically, negotiating and drafting hospitality, purchase, sale, financing, leasing, construction, franchise and management agreements. He has in the past and presently serves as general counsel and national real estate counsel to several domestic and internationally based public and privately held companies. Brad represents foreign businesses doing business in the United States and U.S. businesses doing business abroad; and is a former Chairman of World Services Group (www.worldservicesgroup.com) an international consortium of legal and other professionals. Brad has achieved the highest rating, AV Preeminent®, from Martindale-Hubbell®. He is an active member of the Illinois Bar and maintains an office in both the firm’s Cincinnati and Chicago offices. Brad is the editor of the Real Estate Advisor Law blog, a tool that highlights articles and observations of Ulmer & Berne attorneys on various trends and opportunities affecting the commercial real estate and construction industry, and is a frequent speaker on internet and social media issues.