Chapter 5: Connections In Cross-Laminated Timber Buildings

The light weight of cross-laminated timber (CLT) products combined with the high level of prefabrication involved, in addition to the need to provide wood-based alternative products and systems to steel and concrete, have significantly contributed to the development of CLT products and systems, especially in mid-rise buildings (5 to 9 storeys). While this product is well-established in Europe, work on the implementation of CLT products and systems has just begun in Canada and the USA. The structural efficiency of the floor system acting as a diaphragm and that of walls in resisting lateral loads depends on the efficiency of the fastening systems and connection details used to interconnect individual panels and assemblies. Long self-tapping…

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