Glulam v. Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) -
the modern world of large span timber structures
Presented by Peter Wilson of Timber Design Initiatives Ltd.
Glue laminated beams (glulam) have a long history: laminated veneered lumber (LVL) less so, but in recent years the former has returned to vogue, whilst the latter is fast emerging as a material of choice for large span, free-form structures. Use of these engineered timber products has increased exponentially in buildings traditionally associated with steel or reinforced concrete construction as well as across a range of newer project types that have no real architectural, structural or constructional precedents upon which their design can be based. The manufacture of these products is now a high-tech process, allowing computer generated shapes and forms to be prefabricated into deliverable structural solutions of ever-increasing scale and complexity.
Peter Wilson is an architect and director of Timber Design Initiatives (TDI) Ltd. The company’s raison d’être is to deliver new, Europe-wide approaches to education, innovation and demonstration of best practice in the use of wood in architecture, design and construction through applied research collaborations between academia and industry. A UK registered architect with more than 30 years experience of teaching and research in Higher Education, Peter was, until August 2015, head of Edinburgh Napier University’s Wood Studio research centre. Regularly invited to speak at international conferences on all aspects of timber design and construction, he currently leads the development of a pan-European accredited programme of Continuing Professional Education in timber design for construction professionals.
A&DS Material Considerations: A Library of Sustainable Building Materials, in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland and Wood for Good present this CPD as part of our SepTimber series foscussing on timber in construction.