E-mail Updates
Affordable CLT prefab timber home designed in Vancouver
Published:  28 July, 2010

Architect Michael Katz and artist Janet Corne have designed an affordable prefab home called ‘L41 Home’ in Vancouver, Canada, featuring cross-laminated timber (CLT) walls made from wood killed by the pine beetle.

Spread over 220ft2, L41 Home has been designed as an affordable home with an estimated price tag of C$50,000. Designed to be constructed on piers or a four-point foundation, the home can easily be built on any site with minimal impact.


L41 Home features built-in storage, living and bedroom space, a kitchen and a bathroom. It also includes triple-glazed windows, energy-efficient appliances, LED lighting, solar heating, heat recovery, and a small green roof.


L41 Home CLTR is made from beetle-killed pine trees in the north-west US.


L41 is also available in other models that include 290ft2 one-bedroom unit and a 360ft2 two-bedroom unit.


The frame of the first L41 displayed during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, was built of beetle-killed CLT panels. The unit is intended as the prototype for the development of medium-rise buildings of stacked L41 units built entirely of CLT.