The Binational Softwood Lumber Council has released the Nail-Laminated Timber (NLT) U.S. Design and Construction Guide. The manual was conceived and prepared by skilled practitioners who are each dedicated to advancing high-quality timber construction across industries, typologies, and geographies.
The guide provides direction to ensure safe, predictable and economical use of NLT and offers practical strategies and guidance, including lessons learned from real-life projects.
Consistent with current codes and standards, including the 2015 International Building Code, this guide focuses on design and construction considerations for horizontal NLT applications pertaining to U.S. construction practice and standards. Unlike other mass timber products, NLT does not require a unique manufacturing facility and can be fabricated with local dimension lumber for use in applications across sectors and building types.
“Nail-laminated timber is a cost-effective solution for those looking to leverage the economic and environmental benefits of mass timber construction,” says Cees de Jager, general manager of the Binational Softwood Lumber Council. “It offers tremendous design flexibility and is readily accessible throughout the country thanks to the availability of raw materials and its ease of fabrication.”
Equally important, NLT is already listed in the code as Heavy Timber so it can be incorporated into a project without the need for an alternative solution application. NLT is also a significant growth opportunity for our industry and, therefore, we are proud to have funded this important resource, adds de Jager.
The guide is available for free at reThinkWood.