Solid wood panels

Engineered wood construction: solid wood panels

Solid wood panel structures provide a leading-edge alternative for six to ten-storey buildings. The tallest built so far is a nine-storey residential building in London, England.

Cross-laminated boards are glued together and used to build walls and joists. Panels are machined in a factory to fine tolerances by computercontrolled equipment. The panels arrive on site with apertures for doors and windows, and wiring and plumbing channels already prepared. The walls can be insulated to provide a high level of energy-efficiency. Superior load-carrying characteristics, including lateral stability against wind and seismic forces, as well as excellent fire safety performance, make cross laminated timbers suitable for medium and even high-rise buildings. And the amount of timber used means buildings made with solid wood panels are highly effective carbon stores.

These environmentally-friendly solid wood buildings offer longer-term opportunities in Japan, particularly for high density housing requirements.

9-storey apartment building with solid wood panel structure, Europe