Oregon is known for its rich history in forestry. Portland earned the nickname “Stumptown” in the mid-19th century due to abundant logging. In fact, Oregon’s vast forests – nearly 50 percent of the state – have greatly contributed to the popularity and productivity of the forestry and logging industries.
Cross laminated timber, or CLT, has been a popular construction material in Europe for years, and is now gaining ground in the U.S.; especially in Oregon. The recent international interest in CLT has been stimulated by the construction and forestry industries seeking a more cost-effective, sustainable option that both enhances the architecture of a building and contributes to industry growth.
The introduction of CLT to building and design projects will be beneficial going forward, as CLT promises to reinvigorate rural timber communities, drive the sale and rental of logging equipment, stimulate innovation, and increase state revenue.
Along with being praised for its sustainability, CLT has many benefits over other more traditional materials such as stone or concrete. CLT is an affordable option for builders and consumers alike due to its production process (CLT is manufactured from sustainably harvested trees) and installation processes. Cross laminated timber has also been shown to provide fire resistance in construction, making it an ideal building material for homes, office buildings, hospitals, schools, and more.
Overall, CLT saves trees, time, and money for everyone involved and is helping to create work in communities that need economic stimulation. This material will likely become more prevalent in modern architecture, which will create a greater demand for both logging and forestry equipment.
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