New Sustainable Building Materials Developed from Trees

Two new trees grown in the eastern United States have been identified for cross-laminated timber, a sustainable building material.

Researchers have identified two tree species that they think are a good source of wood for a new sustainable type of building material that could promote a more environmentally friendly construction industry.

The eastern hemlock and eastern white pine—two trees found natively in forests of the northeastern United States—potentially have the structural stability to be used as cross-laminated timber, or CLT, researchers at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst discovered.

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Passing the Strength Test
After analyzing the results bycomparing them to engineering requirements, researchers found that both tree species met building standards, with eastern hemlock outperforming pine in their tests.

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