Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Overview and progress of FPL research into mass timber durability

Year:

2021

Publication type:

Paper (invited, offered, keynote)

Primary Station(s):

Forest Products Laboratory

Source:

Paper in AWPA proceedings

Description

Mass Timber, mostly highlighted herein as cross laminated timber, is a growing market in North America with hundreds of new projects either in preparation or underway. This material is an innovation in wood-based design and construction and represents an opportunity to transform building practice away from less sustainable materials such as concrete and steel. However, wood is still a biodegradable resource and it is important to understand what limitations, or at least precautions, should be taken to ensure its proper use. Since 2015, the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) RWU 4723 (Wood Durability and Protection Group) has been working both internally and with academic partners to undertake foundational research on material properties of cross laminated and other mass timbers to ensure their longevity, safety, and continued future use. The following paper presents updates and summary information in three broad areas of mass timber research being conducted at FPL pertaining to biological durability.

Citation

Kirker, G.T.; Ohno, K.M.; Arango, R.A.; Mankowski, M.E. 2021. Overview and progress of FPL research into mass timber durability. In: Proceedings of the 117th annual meeting of the American Wood Protection Association. Vol. 117. Nashville, TN. July 27-29, 2021. Birmingham, AL: AWPA: 133-138.

Publication Notes

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/63653