Engineered Wood Products – Experience And Opportunities

Gary C. Williams, CPEng, President, Timber Systems Limited, Markham, Canada

Significant changes to the manner in which wood has been used in structural applications over the last 25 years are in response to reduced access to high strength timber from first growth forests, and the development and production of a number of new configurations of manufactured wood products. These materials, referred to as Engineered Wood Products are manufactured to use more of the available fibre resource with little waste, and also provide new potential for use both as primary and secondary structural components. The growth in the use of these products in North American construction is very strong, and is expected to continue into the 21st century.
Issue 2 Vol 8.

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