Mass timber and cross-laminated timber (CLT) is growing in relevance. CLT, a prefabricated, solid engineered wood panel is as strong as traditional building materials like steel and concrete, yet offers the additional environmental benefits associated with wood. Highly technical and precise, CLT is made by compressing and bonding layers of wood together in alternating directions. Building with CLT is generally faster, safer, and more efficient than traditional building materials and processes. SmartLam, Katerra, and Structurlam, all prominent CLT manufacturers in Canada and the U.S., are certified to SFI meaning they and their customers are furthering the environmental benefits of CLT.
Health benefits of building with wood. In the U.S., humans spend 90% of time indoors, and have become increasingly disconnected from nature. Biophilia – humans’ innate draw and affinity for nature – can be achieved when building with wood, and has been linked to reducing stress, improving cognitive function and creativity, accelerating healing, and fostering an overall sense of well-being. Biophilic design, increasing occupant connectivity to the natural environment, helps connect people to nature, within the buildings we live and work.