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Life Cycle Analysis of Cross Laminated Timber in Buildings: A Review

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2141
Year of Publication
2019
Topic
Environmental Impact
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Author
Cadorel, Xavier
Crawford, Robert
Organization
The University of Melbourne
Year of Publication
2019
Format
Conference Paper
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Topic
Environmental Impact
Keywords
Greenhouse gas emissions
Life-Cycle Assessment European Standard EN15978
Multi-Family
Multi-Storey
Mixed-Use Building
Buildings
Conference
International Conference of the Architectural Science Association
Research Status
Complete
Summary
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have increased for the last three consecutive years in Australia, and this directly threatens our ability to meet our 2030 GHG emission reduction target under the Paris Agreement. Despite progress in reducing building-related GHG emissions, little focus has been placed on the indirect GHG emissions associated with building material manufacture, and construction. Cross laminated timber (CLT) is an alternative construction material that has been subject to numerous comparison studies, including many life cycle assessments (LCA). The aim of this paper is to provide a review of the recent literature on the environmental performance of CLT construction for Medium Density Residential (MDR) buildings and to identify knowledge gaps that require further research. Studies reviewed were sourced from web-based research engine, direct searches on global wood promotion websites, and the review was limited to peer reviewed publications. This review provides a useful basis for informing the exploration of important gaps in the current knowledge of how CLT buildings perform from an environmental perspective. This will ensure a comprehensive understanding of the environmental benefits of CLT construction and inform decision-making relating to structural material selection for optimising the life cycle GHG emissions performance of buildings.
Online Access
Free
Resource Link
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Tall with Timber: A Seattle Mass Timber Tower Case Study

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue1957
Year of Publication
2018
Topic
Cost
Design and Systems
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Hybrid Building Systems
Publisher
DLR Group
Year of Publication
2018
Format
Report
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Hybrid Building Systems
Topic
Cost
Design and Systems
Keywords
Mixed-Use
Concrete Cores
Research Status
Complete
Summary
This report explores the design potential and opportunities of tall mass timber within the authority of the 2021 International Building Code.
Online Access
Free
Resource Link
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