A Brilliant and Sustainable Approach by the Girl Scouts
Let’s face it, the Girl Scouts do a lot of cool stuff. And in this case, they went above and beyond in building these marvelous summer Utah cabins. But taking it a step further, they intelligently decided to use with a special cross laminated wood structural system that is made from special wood that’s already dead in the forest. Not only does this (in concept) decrease deforestation, but it also reduces the potential for wildfire spread. Pretty brilliant, girls, we’re impressed!
The cabins were built using Interlocking Cross Laminated Timber as the major building material and structural system. This innovative material was developed by industry partner Euclid Timber Frame PC, a company focusing on natural building methods using no glues, binders, adhesives, or products with volatile organic compounds, with research support by the Integrated Technology in Architecture Center as a high-value use for locally-sourced wood damaged by pine beetle infestation prevalent in the American West. This wood is not usable in traditional stick-frame construction and currently stands dead in the forest increasing the risk of wildfires. Use of this material makes the cabins highly sustainable from a material perspective.
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