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Title: Overview and progress of FPL research into mass timber durability

Source: Paper in AWPA proceedings

Author(s)Kirker, Grant T.; Ohno, Katie, M.; Arango, Rachel; Mankowski, Mark , E. .

Publication Year: 2021  View PDF »

Category: Conference Proceedings

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: Mass timber; durability; wood protection; wood decay; termites; service life prediction

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

File size: 3,072 kb(s)

Date posted: 01/05/2022

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RITS Product ID: 10410
Current FPL Scientists associated with this product (listed alphabetically)
Kirker, Grant
Research Forest Products Technologist
Mankowski, Mark
Research Entomologist
Ohno, Katie
Research Biologist

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