The U.S. has a deeply rooted culture of wood construction. Still today, it’s one of the most used construction materials for single- and multifamily homes. How about the construction of 8 or 18 story buildings out of wood? Mass-timber was introduced to the U.S. in 2012 and has since pushed the limits of wood buildings. Not only does it reduce the environmental impacts of new construction, but it also saves time and money using local resources. What are the myths surrounding mass timber construction and what do researchers say about them?
About our speaker:
Dr. Frederik Laleicke is a Wood Products Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University. His Extension program is about wood waste reuse and recycling with a focus on the use of urban wood. In his research, he is part of a team that is looking at making mass timber products in North Carolina. Another area is artificial aging of wood for interior applications and decorative purposes.