Timber in its purest form is carbon neutral, making it currently the most sustainable form of construction.
When harvested responsibly, wood is the only carbon-neutral building material that can both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and actually sequester carbon over the life of the building.
Looking at laminated veneer lumber (LVL) in particular, products such as Kerto can be employed in all types of construction – and offer numerous and wide ranging benefits. Aside from its obvious sustainability credentials, a key advantage of Kerto is its amazing strength and dimensional stability. The strength is a result of the production process, which involves 3 mm thick, rotary-peeled softwood veneers being glued together to form a continuous sheet. The sheet is then cut to length and sawn into beams, planks or panels according to individual requirements.
Fantastically versatile, Kerto LVL can be used as beams, joists, trusses and frames, for components of roofs, floors and wall elements, for concrete formwork and as scaffold planking. In fact, one could argue that often the only barrier to utilising engineered timber is a lack of awareness of its potential – which is why calling upon the expertise of a timber engineering specialist early on in the design process can really reap rewards.