You’ve heard of glulam – the glued, laminated beams that Box™ uses in their post-and beam structure – but have you heard of XLAM? It’s an exciting new timber product that has huge potential, particularly in medium-density developments.
We’re keen to align ourselves with young, innovative Kiwi companies and these large cross-laminated structural panels are made using technologies developed in Nelson. Good old radiata pine has never looked so tempting! We love that these substantial panels are incredibly strong, offer decent insulation and are made from sustainable wood. With no need for timber or steel framing, they’re great time savers too – an economy of cost that developers, in particular, will appreciate.
The XLAM is precisely cut, within the millimetre, so it fits together beautifully. Apertures for services, such as light switches and the like, are CNC routed at the factory before the material gets to site. That means the design has to be accurate from the start. Box™ believes we are up to the challenge.
It’s not untested technology since Europe has had something similar for 40 years or so. Box™ is currently building with XLAM in the South Island. Watch this space for the results.