Greater Possibilities with DLT
DowelLam (Dowel Laminated Timber – DLT) is the first 100% wood mass timber panel in North America, providing architects, engineers, and developers greater versatility in designing with mass timber.
Our vision at StructureCraft is to support architects and developers to design-build beautiful and cost-efficient mass timber structures and buildings with the best available materials. Launching this new product helps support our vision to increase the use of wood in construction.
Specs and features
From larger panel sizes possible (12'x60') for faster erection times to a wide vareity of wood species, DLT is a mass timber product that is ideal for floor wall and roof structures.
Made with a variety of wood species, including SPF, Douglas Fir, Hemlock, Sitka Spruce, and Western Red or Yellow Cedar
~1655kg CO2 sequestered per tonne
Length: up to 60.5ft (18.5m) Width: up to 12ft (3.75m) or wider, governed by shipping Depth: up to 14inch (0.35m)
3" (76mm), 4" (102mm), 6" (152mm), 7.75" (197mm), 9.75" (248mm), 11.75" (300mm)
Planed, Band Sawn, Factory Sealed, or Stained Custom finishes are available
Many different profiles are achievable with fully customizable design from standard to acoustic
Why Architects and Builders Love Dowel Lam
Dowel Lam (DLT) is a mass timber product
that can be used for floor, wall, and roof structures.
- A wide variety of surface profiles can be integrated inexpensively into the bottom surface of the panel
- An acoustic profile can achieve noise reduction objectives, while keeping the wood exposed
- Dimensionally accurate panel through panel planing and CNC machining
As an all-wood mass timber product, Dowel Lam aside from a minute amount of glue used for finger jointing, it does not contain any glue, chemicals, VOCs, or metal nails. The exclusion of glue and nails (which are seen in other mass timber systems) allows a healthier indoor air quality as there is no off-gassing. The timber we use is from sustainably managed North American forests and locks in carbon dioxide, acting as a carbon sink.
1655kg CO2 sequestered per tonne.
- Dowel Lam is the only all wood mass timber product
- With no metal fasteners, Dowel Lam panels can be easily processed using CNC machinery and allow on site modifications
Dowel Lam is less expensive to fabricate than other glued products like Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), and will come in at a lower price point. Some of the contributing factors to this cost advantage include:
- Lower manufacturing cost – due to high speed production and removal of need for gluing
- Less volume of material due to structural efficiency
- Reduced labor required on site from pre-manufacturing
- Reduced installation time with a 'kit of parts'
The structural design of each lamination in a panel is covered by both the IBC and NBCC applicable grading NLGA rules. As each structurally finger-jointed board spans between structural supports, the dowels do not serve a significant structural purpose, but hold the boards tightly to ensure dimensional stability.
In heavy timber construction, there is sufficient mass of wood that a char layer can form, insulating the remaining wood from heat penetration. Classified as heavy timber, Dowel Lam is able to achieve fire resistance ratings of up to 2 hours.
Weather protection during construction is an important consideration in installation of a mass timber building. Prefabricating Dowel Lam panels with sheathing already installed helps in the prevention of moisture intrusion and mold growth if the panels get wet.
Several options are available to protect the panels from water during construction. For roof panels, membranes (torch-on or peel’n’stick) can be pre-applied in shop. For best performance, StructureCraft has developed a weatherproofing system using the ZIP system OSB panels and tape to create a weather-resistant top surface to the DLT panels.