CLT stands for “cross-laminated-timber”.
It is a new, highly engineered, type of massive timber that is created by gluing multiple layers of wood, crosswise and under pressure, together to make massive panels.
The cross lamination makes these wood panels extremely strong; they do not bend or deform like natural wood logs or beams.
They are factory produced and pre-cut with millimeter precision, allowing the building structure to go up in no time.
As wood is many times lighter than concrete or steel, the buildings are much lighter and require much less foundation.
Healthy, breathy and isolating by nature, CLT is a great ecological and sustainable solution. It can be produced with relatively young, purpose-grown trees and does not require the felling of age old forest trees.
The precision and smoothness of the walls means that a CLT construction can also be finished easily, with any traditional finishes like plasterboard or more modern alternatives. Some qualities are even beautiful enough to leave unfinished.
Massive timber is also fire-safe: it’s actually very hard to set massive timber on fire, and CLT structure maintain their integrity for hours.
As this is a relatively new technology, CLT is not available everywhere – yet. Yet RentalBuild knows how to design and source CLT construction in many markets. If you’re interested in CLT, let us know!