Two NE tree species can be used in new sustainable building material
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Posted by: Dana Walker
Two tree species native to the Northeast have been found to be structurally sound for use in
cross-laminated timber (CLT) - a revolutionary new type of building material with sought-after sustainability characteristics, according to research by a University of Massachusetts Amherst timber engineer.
The findings, published in the Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, suggest that these trees—the eastern hemlock and eastern white pine—could support local markets for CLT. The manufacturing of CLT, a type of mass timber used for wall, floor and roof construction, could create jobs, improve rural and forestry economies and support better forestry management, which is a strategy to address climate change, the research says.