The US has a deeply-rooted culture of wood construction. Still today, it’s one of the most-used construction materials for single- and multi-family homes. But it’s also used for the construction of 8- to 18-story buildings! Mass-timber construction was introduced to the US 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 by 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 of his interests is artificial aging of wood for interior applications and decorative purposes.