In 2008, the pink bark beetle, an invasive species, killed millions of trees in Colorado. From these dead trees, researchers at the University of Utah have created interlocking cross-laminated timber, a building material that doesn't require any fasteners or adhesives, making construction less expensive. Keep reading
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Ryan E. Smith is an Associate Professor of Architectural Technology and Director of the Integrated Technology in Architecture Center (ITAC) at the University of Utah. ITAC is an agent of change towards better ways of building buildings. Through the center, faculty and students strive to develop buildings that are more construction efficient and energy efficient throughout their life cycle through the integration of active and passive technologies in the design and building process. ITAC conducts research with academic and industry partners, provides education in the form of teaching and workshops, and conducts outreach with university and community groups as part of its mission.