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Sustainable Mass Timber Solutions for Residential and Commercial Projects

With a multitude of flooring and roofing solutions on the market and the popularity of these products only growing in New Zealand, it can be hard to determine which engineered timber product is the best fit for your needs both now, and into the future.

With many developers looking to keep costs down due to the current economic climate, plus sustainability at the forefront of the construction industry, you’ll want to be sure you have a product that can serve a multitude of needs.

Woodspan have developed a mass timber product that not only reduces construction overheads and looks good, but also helps to combat climate change. Already used for many residential and commercial building projects throughout New Zealand, Woodspan's structural PLT floor and roof panels are becoming a popular choice for architects looking to specify a sustainable timber solution that is kind to the planet.

Read on to learn more about Woodspan and how Woodspan mass timber products could benefit your next project.

Woodspan mass timber construction products

Woodspan are specialists in providing mass timber solutions for residential building and construction projects throughout New Zealand. With over 40 years in the industry, they are a proudly New Zealand owned manufacturer and fabricator of PLT (Parallel Laminated Timber) mass timber panels and Glulam engineered wood products.

Mass timber is categorised as large format, engineered timber panels for either wall, floor or roof construction. There is a growing awareness of the benefits that mass timber construction provides, particularly in combating climate change, which many in the construction industry are trying to play their part.

There are many different types of mass timber available. Woodspan specialise in PLT panels which are made from finger jointed or whole timber boards that are then laminated into large panels. As all grain runs in the direction of the primary span, a strong, structurally sound panel is produced.

Building with mass timber like PLT can result in a significantly lighter framework than other construction materials like concrete or steel. This results in many benefits which includes reduced foundation size and cost, particularly for areas with difficult ground conditions.

Why choose Woodspan parallel laminated timber?

There are many benefits to be had by choosing Woodspan parallel laminated timber panels over other options on the market. For new residential projects like townhouse developments where construction time is critical and overheads must be kept to a minimum, Woodspan PLT can provide you with an efficient panelling system that is not only visually appealing but easy on your bottom line, and the planet.

Lower overheads

Woodspan can keep construction costs as low as possible by ensuring their PLT panels are fast and simple to install, without the hassle of an entire construction crew on-site to oversee the installation.

Your Woodspan PLT panels are made to measure offsite; once they’re delivered to site; all you need is a crew of two to three to put them in place and screw them down. The positioning of the panels is simple and only requires a bar and rubber mallet.

Woodspan's PLT panels are safe to walk and work on immediately after the install which enables other trades to get on with the job at hand. A reduction in install time and using the exact amount of product you need will ensure you get a competitively priced floor or roof, that doesn’t compromise on quality.


Sustainability is at the forefront of the building and construction industry in New Zealand and it’s not hard to see why. Historically, construction activities have accounted for 39% of annual global carbon emissions. Two ways that we can reduce our emissions in the building and construction industry include utilising carbon negative building materials, and reducing construction waste that gets sent to landfill.

Carbon neutral timber

Choosing timber for construction can help to tackle climate change as wood naturally stores carbon, making it carbon negative. Growing trees captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The sequestrated carbon from these trees then remains locked in the wood for the life of the piece of timber and the building it is used in.

Woodspan are committed to combating climate change by promoting a clean environment. They apply this philosophy to both their mass timber products and their manufacturing processes. By using 100% NZ pine from sustainably managed plantation forests, Woodspan are able to take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere thus minimising their environmental footprint.

Less construction waste sent to landfill

Surveys show that waste from construction and demolition is the single biggest contributor to Class 1 landfills at 33%. To reduce this figure, we need to be proactive in our approach to reducing our construction waste.

Building a sustainable future is a key driver to everything the team does at Woodspan — by producing all materials offsite and made-to-measure, they can ensure they're only using what they need. Zero timber waste from the construction site is sent to landfill and all excess manufacturing wood residues are used to fuel their bio-energy boilers at the factory.

Simplify your next project with Woodspan

Whether you’re working on a new build or you have townhouse developments in the works, it helps to know what your options are when it comes to sustainable timber flooring and roofing solutions. It’s even better knowing you’ll get a custom product that’s been designed for your specific project from the onset.

When you choose Woodspan you’ll get a dedicated team who will work with you to provide the right mass timber solution, specified specifically for your project — making your life easier is what we do.

Woodspan is a New Zealand owned and operated company, manufacturing quality timber and PLT products to New Zealand building and construction industry standards. Backed by 40 years of wood processing experience, Woodspan's engineered timber solutions are developed in line with all New Zealand construction standards and regulations.

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