Benefits of Laminated Timber
Laminated timber (glulam) is engineered timber, combining the wood of different small trees in layers. This glulam is precisely engineered to be 1.5 times stronger than solid wood, is 100% straight, has no deformations, and will not crack over time.
Wood as a building material has a smaller carbon footprint compared to traditional building materials such as concrete, steel, and brick. It is also a light and strong building material which lasts for centuries.
The timber used in PowerBuild System comes from FSC certified forests, helping to maintain the biodiversity, productivity and ecological processes of the forest.
Our posts are made out of four laminated layers, and beams are made out of five laminated layers. Combining the strength of different trees ensures the load bearing capacities of the construction. The wood is dried until it contains less than 15% moisture, preventing it from cracking, deforming or shrinking.
Lamianted timber is highly fire resistant. The charred outer part acts as an insulator preventing it from overheating and slowing down the burning process.
Laminated timber can be perfectly integrated as part of interior design because of the natural wood grain.
Building with wood is an ecologically responsible building method. Wood is the only building material which is grown. With proper forest management, forests can thrive in timber, forest resources, and wildlife.
Trees grown in forests stock up carbon dioxide (CO2) and give us oxygen in return. When a tree is used as a building material, the building becomes the container of CO2. CO2 is only released in the atmosphere when the wood is burned.
As a fun sidenote, the oldest wooden structure in the world is a 1,400 year old, 5 story tall (32m) temple, Horyuji Temple, in Nara, Japan.