Glulam, also know as glued laminated timber, is an engineered wood product, manufactured from layers of parallel timber laminations.  Spruce or pine are the most common species used but occasionally more durable species such as larch, Douglas-fir or even hardwoods such as oak or sweet chestnut are used. One of the greatest advantages of glulam is that it can be manufactured in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and configuration including curved profiles.

In recent years, architects all over the globe have asserted glulam as a high-tech building material of the future.  As steel and concrete gradually fall to the wayside due to their steep environmental costs, timber architecture — in all shapes and sizes — is rising to exciting new heights. The benefits are numerous – from reduced loading on foundations and infrastructure services, to impressive thermal, acoustic and sustainability performance.

The Architizer Journal have published a short article – An architect’s guide to: Glulam with some inspiring photos showing how the material has been used.  You can link to the article here.

For more information on Glulam and Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) in a UK context you can also visit the Structural Timber Association.