‘Glulam’ stands for Glue Laminated Timber. At a very basic level this means connecting a number of smaller pieces of timber together to make larger, single components. It is a way of manufacturing timber elements that cannot be easily sourced in solid timber due to their large size or unusual shape.
Glulam is used for a range of purposes from joinery timber through to large span structural beams. Large glulam beams can often be seen in swimming pool or sports hall roofs and more recently in several large supermarket buildings. Basically wherever a steel or concrete structure is needed for a building, glulam could also be used as a more sustainable (and friendlier looking) alternative.