The use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) is on the rise and might have a new market on the East Coast. The University of Maine is putting its own CLT to the test. Made from several types of wood found in Maine, the CLT is pressed together and can withstand 10,000 pounds of force. While it’s stronger, and more fire resistant, than regular lumber, the CLT from UMaine has not quite surpassed the strength of steel. According to Christina Erne of WLBZ2, the school doesn’t plan to stop testing:

“Engineers are currently testing different ways to make the plywood the strongest it can be. If they find that CLT is a good fit for structures in the northeast, this could make Maine's forests more valuable, bringing a much needed boost to the timber industry.”

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