Expanding Mass Timber Design Options with Loctite HB X
A new 12-story office tower in Rennes, France, and the Skypark Business Center in Luxembourg are two mass timber hybrid projects making industry headlines, even before they are topped out.
The projects are newsworthy not only because of their innovative designs and sustainability credentials, but also because of their demanding heat and fire performance specifications.
To help meet the challenge, the project teams chose mass timber made with Henkel Loctite HB X. The HB X formulation is suited for projects that require cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated timber (glulam) with a fire resistance of greater than 60 minutes and self-extinguishing properties. Its fire and heat performance, specifically its charring rate, is close to solid timber.
Henkel Engineered Wood certified Loctite HB X in North America in 2018, which means it is compliant with the latest PRG 320 Standard for Performance-Rated Cross-Laminated Timber. The standard is known for its stringent heat and fire resistance requirements.
Now the same level of adhesive performance is available to mass timber manufacturers on three continents, thanks to recent HB X product certifications in Australia and Europe.