Ruth Slavid talks architecture

Scots get cross

Posted in wood by ruthslavid on March 14, 2011

I have just been talking to Peter Wilson who runs the Wood Studio at Napier University about research into cross-laminated timber. I always assumed that UK timber was not high enough quality, because it grows too fast, but apparently this is not the case. The main issue, Peter says, is to do with drying the timber sufficiently without it twisting, because we harvest trees with relatively small-diameter trunks. But it is an issue that he believes could be overcome, and it would be a great added-value product to see produced in the UK. (This image comes from Binderholz, a company based in Austria and Germany).

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