Natural products such as timber have been used for centuries to house and protect the world’s populations. In a more sophisticated world where we build larger and taller structures timber has been limited by its nature. It has inherent defects and in the past this has limited its use as a building product for tall structures. Through rigorous examination, sorting, modification, and testing Crosslam Australia can now guarantee the engineering properties of tall timber structures using CLT. Crosslam Australia has a systematic process of evaluation and production that minimizes waste and combines the best engineering properties of the raw material.
When faults are removed and the product is re-formed into the panels, it becomes extremely strong for its weight.
This combination of strength and light weight makes it a very attractive alternative to its heavier building product cousins of steel and concrete.
Considering much of the cost of building goes into supporting its own weight having lighter structures can make a real difference to the amount of cost a building spends on ground works.
CLT for Walls and Floors
Cross Laminated Timber Panels are many pieces of timber called Lamellas placed in layers perpendicular to each other that are glued and pressed at very high pressure to create the thick boards or panel. These Panels are then fixed together on their edges and used to form the structure of a building’s floors and walls.
Our factory has a high-speed optimising machine that scans the timber for flaws and defects and chops the defects out. Only the weak pieces of timber that affect the engineering integrity of the piece are removed and shredded.
The pieces are reformed back into single long lengths that are stronger and have greater engineering capacity when formed into the CLT panels.
Our factory has its own purpose made testing equipment for long CLT panels. Both we and other International approved testing bodies test samples from our production to ensure they continue to meet high standards of engineering performance required for the construction industry.