Through collaboration with different funding agencies, including major support from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), TDI oversees a program of applied research that aims to characterize and improve advanced timber products and building systems, with the goal of removing technical barriers to adoption in construction. As part of TDI’s mandate to foster linkages between industry and university activities, the strategic plan for this research is evolving and is based on widespread consultation and interaction with stakeholders in architecture, engineering, manufacturing, construction and real estate development.

Projects begin as part of an annual call to affiliated researchers, and must demonstrate that they address real-world challenges and opportunities, while being able to produce positive impacts within two to five years. TDI strongly encourages interdisciplinary collaboration amongst our researchers, holistic approaches to research and the involvement of industry in project design and implementation. Proposed projects are reviewed and ranked by an industry panel consisting of architects, manufacturers, engineers, construction professionals, market specialists and peers in the scientific community. TDI’s research priorities are continuously vetted through interaction with industry, and TDI holds an annual open research round table to inform industry about current work and obtain feedback on key issues that should be addressed in future projects.


See recently awarded projects (2019) here

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Project Directory:

Fire Performance of Mass Timber

  • Fire Resistance of Unprotected CLT Floors & Walls Manufactured in the U.S.
  • Mitigating Fire Performance Concern through Fire Endurance Modeling
  • Fire Penetration Testing
  • Concrete Composite Floors Using Radiant Panel Tests
  • Fire Performance of Timber Beam-to-Column Connections (2019)

Seismic and Structural Performance

  • Living Lab at Peavy Hall: Structural Health Performance of Mass Timber Buildings
  • Design, Construction and Maintenance of Mass TImber Post-Tensioned Shear Walls (2019)
  • Design of the Timber Pile Ground Improvement for Liquefaction Mitigations 
  • Seismic Performance of Cross-Laminated Timber and Cross-Laminated Timber-Concrete Composite Floor Diaphragms
  • Mass Plywood Panel Product Development Testing
  • Composite Concrete-CLT Floor Systems for Tall Building Design
  • Behavior of CLT Diaphragm Panel-to-Panel Connections with Self-tapping Screws
  • Cross-Laminated Timber Fasteners Solutions for Tall Wood Buildings
  • Mass Plywood of (MPP) Concrete-Composite Floor Systems (2019)
  • Innovative Lateral Systems for Mass Timber (2019)
  • Mass Plywood Panels (MPP): Performance, Design, and Application (2019)

Durability, Serviceability and Adhesives

  • Durability and Protection of CLT in Parking Structures
  • Development of Isocyanate-Free and Formaldehyde-Free Adhesives for CLT
  • Water in Mass Timber
  • Impact of Moisture on Post-tensioned Rocking Walls
  • Structural Health Monitoring and Post-Occupancy Performance of Mass Timber Buildings
  • Living Lab at Peavy Hall: Structural Health Performance of Mass Timber Buildings
  • Design, Construction and Maintenance of Mass TImber Post-Tensioned Shear Walls (2019)
  • Mass Plywood Panels (MPP): Performance, Design, and Application (2019)

Building Performance and Human Health

  • Net-Zero Energy TallWood Design
  • Tall Wood Buildings and Indoor Air Quality
  • Acoustic Testing of Concrete-Composite CLT and MPP
  • Acoustic Field Testing of Mass Timber Buildings (2019)
  • Convergent Craft: Mass Timber Building Culture for the 21st Century (2019)

Environmental Impact

  • Life Cycle Analysis of Old- and New Peavy Hall 
  • Carbon Impacts of CLT
  • Environmental Assessment of MPP

Business and Economics

  • Global Overview of the CLT Industry: Launching an Annual Survey as a Continuing Learning Tool
  • Establishing New Markets for CLT-Lessons Learned
  • Cost Comparisons of Mass Timber versus Conventional Construction