StructureCraft’s new dowel laminated timber will be ready for use in 2018

StructureCraft’s all-wood facility up and coming in Abbotsford, BC. Photo credit: StructureCraft Builders Corporation

StructureCraft Builders Corporation is constructing a 50,000ft² (4645m²) plant made completely out of wood in Abbotsford, British Columbia (BC), Canada to produce dowel laminated timber (DLT).

Head of engineering at StructureCraft, Lucas Epp has stated that his company will be the first manufacturer of DLT in North America. “We expect the plant to be completed by the end of summer 2017 and the first DLT to be available for sale in January 2018,” Epp said.

Wood fibre in DLT panels all run in the same, single direction, and utilise dowelling patterns rather than layers of glue or nails, and are made up entirely of hardwood and softwood with no glue, metal, or plastic. Moreover, as they contain none of aforementioned elements, DLT is not as costly to produce. These panels can be used in the construction of floors, roofs, and walls.

The concept of using hardwoods dowels to interconnect softwood boards was originally conceived in the 1990s in Switzerland, and in the present time, there are an estimated 20 DLT producers in Europe, mostly concentrated in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

While DLT might be one of the more recent additions to the mass timber market, it joins many other similar products like the cross laminated timber (CLT), glue laminated timber (GLT), nail laminated timber (NLT), laminated strand lumber (LSL), and laminated veneer lumber (LVL).

Source: Journal of Commerce