The Nail-Laminated Timber (NLT) Canadian Design and Construction Guide was released earlier this month.
“The guide provides inspiration and direction to ensure safe, predictable, and economical use of NLT, including practical strategies and guidance with lessons learned from real-life projects,” according to a news release.
“This is the only comprehensive NLT resource available that combines design, construction, and fabrication expertise from built projects into an easy-to-use reference,” Rebecca Holt, sustainable building advisor at Perkins+Will. Perkins+Will co-edited the document along with structural engineering firm Fast + Epp.
Unlike other mass timber products, NLT does not require a unique manufacturing facility and can be fabricated with local dimension lumber for use in applications across sectors and building types. “It is a cost-effective solution allowing projects to leverage the economic and environmental benefits of mass timber construction,” the release says.
The free guide focuses on design and construction for floor and roof systems considering Canadian construction practice and standards. The document offers guidance specific to the application of NLT for the range of disciplines engaged in design and construction.