The building industry is consistently benefitting from new technology and innovation, as we look to improve processes and work smarter, not harder. One of the most recent developments to arise is the use of cross-laminated timber (CLT).
This material sees layers of parallel timber beams laid atop one another in a perpendicular fashion and then glued together, resulting in a product that is inherently stronger than standard frames. It can used in both residential and commercial projects and has been successfully applied for the last 20 years.
However, CLT is yet to make a huge mark in Australia and we are proud to say we are one of the very few builders that specialise in this method. With multiple benefits, we only expect this number to increase as the years go on.
Here are just a few:
CLT is cheaper to produce and easier to assemble than steel or concrete, making it one of the most cost-effective building solutions on the market. What’s more, it takes just a fraction of the time to assemble when compared to traditional timber framing, saving time and labour costs. On a recent AJP Constructions project, we spent 22 hours over 3 days installing CLT panels for a first floor addition. If we had opted for traditional timber framing, the same process would have taken 2-3 months, plus additional weeks to pack the walls to straighten and level before installing plasterboard.
As a base material, timber is one of the most sustainable building options. As it is a crop, wood is renewable and its also a carbon sink, which means it holds the carbon dioxide it absorbed while growing, even after it’s been cut down and converted into lumber. The CLT supplier we work with sources their raw material from forests in NSW and Victoria, meaning the panels are delivered to site with a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) rating. They also cut each panel to size, resulting in minimal wastage.
Because CLT is pre-cut off-site, this means a quiet building process and less disruptions to your neighbours. The lack of waste and speed of construction also makes it incredibly low impact, as the fast off-site fabrication processes drastically reduce overall construction timelines.
As a cost-effective, quick and sustainable method of building, we expect CLT to be the method of choice moving forward.
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