Mass Timber

A transformation in building design and materials is underway.

“Mass timber” is an approach to building that uses large, laminated columns and beams and a new product called “Cross-Laminated Timber” (CLT).  The breakthrough of CLTs is surprisingly simple: wood panels, up to 8’ wide and 60’ long, are made of between three to nine layers of wood, with each successive layer running crossways to its neighbours.  This allows CLT panels to be used for floors and walls that span far beyond what traditional wood could previously achieve.

Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT)

wood panels up to 8 feet wide and 60 feet long

Across the USA and Canada mass timber is turning heads with its amazing features and benefits:

For our customers building contemporary-styled homes and cottages, mass timber is a perfect fit.  It allows for a clean, minimalist look with large, open spaces.  Longer spans between columns, permit for more glass and the stability and strength of mass timber is a great match for wide fold-away doors and curtain-wall windows.

Cornerstone Timberframes offers FSC®-certified timbers.
© Photos: Stéphane Groleau
© Photos: Stéphane Groleau
Cornerstone Timberframes offers FSC-certified timbers.

Sustainable Mass Timber Solutions

Cornerstone Timberframes is proud to collaborate with Nordic Structures, North America’s leading producer of sustainably harvested, mass timber products in Canada and the USA. Situated in the heart of Canada’s eastern Boreal Forest region, Nordic Structures has taken a principled stand on how they do business, and it makes all the difference:

Black Spruce: Light, Straight, Strong


Black Spruce

Black spruce is the perfect wood for cross laminated timber and glue-laminated timber, where stability, stiffness and weight are all key considerations.

Canada’s Boreal Forest contains 210 billion trees. About 70% are black spruce – an extraordinary tree that thrives in the northern swamp and rock of the Canadian Shield. Due to the short growing season of the Boreal Forest, black spruce grows slowly, resulting in dense growth rings which give this species a high strength to weight ratio. It is the perfect wood for cross-laminated and glue-laminated timber, where strength, stability and weight are key considerations.

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