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Commercializing Hardwood Cross-Laminated Timbers Through Innovative Design and Technology Transfer

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3185
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
Market and Adoption
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Organization
West Virginia University
Year of Publication
2022
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Market and Adoption
Keywords
Hardwood
Hardwood CLT
R&D
Circular Bioeconomy
Research Status
In Progress
Notes
Forest Service/USDA Wood Innovations Grants Recipient Point of Contact: Levente Dénes Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
Summary
Converting the low-quality hardwood lumber products into value-added construction materials could contribute significantly to the economic prosperity of the central Appalachian regional communities. This project will capitalize on the R&D strengths of West Virginia University in collaboration with PFS TECO, WoodWorks, and Allegheny Wood Products to (1) investigate the compliance of HCLT panels to current national building codes and standards and to remove important barriers of HCLT commercialization, (2) develop new innovative solutions of HCLT manufacturing processes for mechanical, electrical and plumbing services accommodation to improve the convenience of using HCLT products, (3) evaluate the HCLT’s impacts on the eastern U.S. construction market with economic and environmental assessments, and (4) develop a regional outreach program to build a communication platform among construction and wood product industries, developers, researchers, and government agencies. Findings and programs developed in this project will further facilitate the adoption and expansion of HCLT into the eastern U.S. construction market, promote the development of regional wood product industries, enhance local job opportunities for a stronger circular bioeconomy and allow for sustainable utilization of forest resources.
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