Demand is growing for mass timber, including cross-laminated timber (CLT). CLT—a prefabricated, solid engineered wood panel product—is as strong as traditional building materials like steel and concrete, yet it offers the additional environmental benefits associated with wood. Highly technical and precise, CLT is made by compressing and bonding layers of wood together in alternating directions. Building with CLT is generally faster, safer, and more efficient than traditional building materials and processes. SmartLam, Katerra, and Structurlam, all prominent CLT manufacturers in Canada and the US, are certified to SFI, meaning they and their customers are furthering the environmental benefits of CLT.
Building with wood has health benefits. In the U.S., humans spend 90% of time indoors and have become increasingly disconnected from nature. Building with wood supports biophilia—humans’ innate draw and affinity for nature—and has been linked to reducing stress, improving cognitive function and creativity, accelerating healing, and fostering an overall sense of well-being. By increasing connectivity to the natural environment, biophilic design helps connect people to nature in the buildings we live and work in.