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A different kind of timber boom for Oregon

More than 1,500 building experts from around the world are in Portland this week to learn about a kind of engineered wood that is stronger than steel and can stay standing even in the "Big One."

PORTLAND, Ore. — More than 1,500 building experts from around the world are in Portland this week to learn about a kind of engineered wood that is stronger than steel and can stay standing even in the "Big One."

This week marks the 4th annual International Mass Timber Conference.

The attendees got a lesson in CLT on Tuesday. CLT, short for cross-laminated timber, is basically engineered wood made from planks that are cross-hatched, glued and then pressed together.

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In addition to its strength, it also has environmental benefits. Since it's wood it naturally stores carbon dioxide.

The conference is being held at the Oregon Convention Center. It runs through Thursday.

From 2017: Portland approves permit for first all-wood high-rise in US