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Assessing termite impact on cross-laminated timber panels
Snapshot: Forest Service and Mississippi State University researchers are in the process of determining the impact of termites found in the Southeastern U.S. on cross-laminated timber (CLT), a mass timber product entering the tall building construction market. Results showed that untreated CLT is as susceptible to attack by termites as other untreated lumber. Data from this ongoing project will be used to determine native and invasive termite impact on untreated CLT in comparison with treated wood products.
CLT sample D4 prior to (left) and following (right) eight weeks of exposure to the Formosan termite, an invasive species of subterranean termite.