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The X-LAM Alliance provides an all-encompassing in-house design, drawing, manufacturing and installation service for cross laminated timber structures. With a team of 50 highly experienced experts in structural analysis, detailed solutions and building physics, consultancy, planning, CNC wood processing and logistics. This structure allows the X-LAM Alliance to pool together an unrivalled wealth of knowledge from the UK and Europe, to offer a unique opportunity to develop and deliver the best solutions for clients.
What is X-LAM
X-LAM is a structural two-way spanning timber panel that can be used to form walls, roof and floor panels as well as shear walls. It is produced by laminating and finger jointing soft wood timber lamellas at 90° to the layer below, this can encompass between 3 and 27 layers. Using a formaldehyde free adhesive between each layer gives a safe and environmental solution. Due to the nature of cross laminate construction, movement of the timber panels is dramatically reduced. Longitudinal and transverse movement is restricted to 0.01% and 0.025% per percentage change in moisture content respectively.
X-LAM panels are available in Spruce, Douglas Fir and Larch and can be supplied as FSC and PEFC-certified.
Panels can currently be produced in widths up to 1.25m for BBS125 panels and 3.50m for BBSXL panels, with lengths up to 20m for BBS125 panels and 22m for BBSXL panels. Please note that transport restrictions will dictate the length of some panels.
X-LAM panels are available in a number of thicknesses ranging from 60mm to 280mm. The thickness and number of laminations are dependent on a number of different factors such as loading conditions, span and required fire performance.
One of the major advantages of X-LAM is its inherent fire resistance. X-LAM can be designed to accommodate substantial fire resistance and unlike steel remains structurally stable when subjected to high temperatures. X-LAM panels can be produced with fire resistances of 30, 60 and 90 minutes.
X-LAM has amazing aesthetic appeal and is available in a wide variety of surface finishes. Higher quality finishes can be used where an exposed timber finish is desirable, while lower quality finishes can be specified where panels are hidden. For visible panels a sanded or brushed finish can be also applied. Openings can also be pre-cut or routed in the factory for windows, doors or services with square corners where required for the quick and easy installation of doors and windows.