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Monday, January 8, 2018

CLT Materials Could Bring in a New Wave of Construction

The construction industry is starting to see a new wave of change in the form of CLT building materials. As the name would suggest, cross-laminated timber is several layers of timber fixed at right angles to each other and glued together. By using CLT, some industry professionals believe we could start seeing more and more construction projects move from being traditionally built to being built in a modular fashion.

The Pros of Using CLT Materials and Modular Construction

  • Building Accuracy: Since computer-based programs are very accurate, projects can cut down on the number of inaccuracies that can occur during building. Plus, making the pieces in a factory lets you put complete systems, such as plumbing and electrical, in place in advance.
  • Building Time: Using CLT and modular construction can trim down the time it takes to complete a building project. That extra time can be translated into rent, making for a better return on investment.
  • Reduced Long-Term Cost: CLT can be used to manufacture buildings that are tolerant to certain conditions, making them better quality and easier and cheaper to maintain.

The Cons of Using CLT Materials and Modular Construction

  • Limited Labor Force: In many areas of the country, labor forces are generally migrant and don’t have to be specifically trained. In order to work with CLT and modular construction technology, workers would need specific training, and not many workers have those skills readily available.
  • Differences in Building Codes: The changing building codes that vary from city to city can sometimes defeat the purpose of using standardized modular construction. Different areas have different requirements for homes, meaning one CLT model won’t fit every city.

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