As Wood Buildings Go Taller, Shrinkage Is a Challenge

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 01/20/2013 6:25PM


click image to zoom   NASHVILLE, TN - Wood-framed buildings are going higher, with more builders considering wood for four, five and even six story buildings.

Builders have to consider the effect of moisture changes on wood as the structures reach greater heights. Laminated Strand Lumber - or LSL - can significantly reduce plate shrinkage in taller wood buildings, says plywood and panel products manufacturer Louisiana-Pacific.

Louisiana-Pacific recommends its SolidStart LSL, which it says mitigates wall movement. A PDF from Louisiana-Pacific explains the wood panel technology. An infographic from Louisiana-Pacific provides a visual summary.

Reports on tall building construction efforts, using FFTT uses mass timber panels as a primary structural material to achieve building heights of up to 30 stories, and construction with cross laminated panels, describe the trend.

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Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at or follow him on Google+.

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