In just about every trade and discipline of the construction industry today, you hear how pre-fabrication of components reaps schedule and financial dividends. Wood-framed construction , in general, has not benefited from very much from advancements in technology--that's about to change...

Science Daily recently reported on a German laboratory that is working on a non-liquid adhesive, to bond wood members together. They do so by taking a metal strip containing an adhesive coating on both sides and placing it between two elements (i.e. sawn lumber, glulam lumber, plywood, etc.). The plate is then heated, allowing the adhesive to "melt" and be absorbed into the porous material, creating a nearly-instant bond. Check it out here...

As you imagine the process, it's easy to begin asking a lot of questions: how it could be practically implemented? Does it really save money with increased energy demands? What will the "codification" process of this new technology look like and will the industry adopt it?

Innovation doesn't come without risk or adversity; still, we need to encourage, reward, and be open to advancements in how we build. I'm looking forward to where this new technology leads or, perhaps, spawn other new approaches.

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