Wood buildings survive second round of blast tests by USDA and WoodWorks

WoodWorks, in cooperation with the USDA’s Forest Service Forest Products Lab and Softwood Lumber Board, conducted a second series of blast tests on three existing two-story, single-bay cross-laminated timber (CLT) structures at Tyndall Air Force Base—the same structures involved in a series of initial blast tests performed in 2016.

The activity in testing cross-laminated timber structures has been on the rise as the USDA and WoodWorks promotes the use of CLT in larger structures traditionally built of steel and concrete. In June, a test of seismic properties was run to show the ability of the wood buildings to withstand earthquakes. Such testing provides ammunition for revising local building codes to permit mass timber construction of larger and taller buildings.

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