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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Reducing Home Energy Consumption

By Jim Bowyer
Dovetail Partners Inc.
July 22, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Jim Bowyer

Improving the energy efficiency of existing residential buildings and residential construction are key to reducing reliance on fossil fuels and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. …Because of the current large inventory of residential structures in the U.S., Canada, and throughout Europe, and the current slow rate of older building replacement… the U.S. federal government and various states offer a range of financial and other incentives to those who wish to upgrade their home’s energy performance. …While energy related requirements of building codes are slowly evolving to require greater energy efficiency, current technology allows building to a far greater level of efficiency than attainable through code compliance. In the U.S. and Canada the ENERGY STAR program and various nongovernmental voluntary green building standards and organizations, including LEED, Green Globes, the Net Zero Project… assist in achieving maximum efficiency.

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Sawdust Might Be One Answer to the World’s Plastic Problem

By Aine Quinn
Bloomberg Business
July 21, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

A technology startup near Ontario’s leafy border with Michigan says it has the answer to the world’s plastic pollution problem: sawdust. Origin Materials is getting ready to pay sawmills in the area… which it will use to make recyclable plastic bottles. …Nestle SA, Danone SA and PepsiCo plan to sell water in Origin’s recyclable plant-based bottles in early 2022. It’s one of the many unconventional ways conceived by scientists to reduce the world’s reliance on plastics made from petroleum. …Plant-based plastics, especially varieties made from sugar cane, are starting to seep into the mainstream as companies try to respond to consumers. …It’ll take getting big food and beverage companies on board to really alter the equation. …Skeptics of the bioplastic push say they’re not resolving the underlying problem. It would be better to focus on improving rates of reuse of plastic.

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Canadians Developing Innovative Solutions to Plastic Waste

By Natural Resources Canada
Cision Newswire
July 18, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – Reducing plastic pollution is an international imperative that is important to Canadians and people around the world. As part of its climate change commitments, the Government of Canada is collaborating with small businesses to reduce pollution and help create a greener, more sustainable environment for everyone. The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $300,000 investment in the first phase of a Bioplastics Challenge aimed at helping small businesses reduce pollution by turning forest-based residue into sustainable domestic plastic material. The investment will be split equally between …(1) Bosk Bioproducts Inc., based in Quebec City, is developing a highly compostable and cost-effective bioplastic made from paper mill sludge and wood fibre residue that is compatible with plastic manufacturers’ existing equipment, and (2) GCUP — Technology Corp., based in Vancouver, is developing a completely plant-based and compostable single-use coffee pod from bioplastic and wood fibre.

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Federal Government Helps Grow International Markets for Canadian Wood Products Français

By Natural Resources Canada
Cision Newswire
July 7, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Jati Sidhu

MISSION, BC — Jati Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Mission–Matsqui–Fraser Canyon, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced over $8.5 million to help strengthen Canadian wood product exports. The investment will support the Canada Wood Group — which brings together industry associations — in diversifying and expanding Canadian forest product exports to traditional and emerging offshore markets. Support will enable market research; assist in the transfer of technology; advance codes and standards that will increase the use of wood in construction; and deliver training in wood design and construction in China, Japan, South Korea, India and Europe. …Government of Canada funding is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Expanding Market Opportunities program.

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Canadian cities take wooden skyscrapers to new heights

By Leyland Cecco
The Guardian
July 22, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia is no stranger to wooden giants. …Now a growing chorus of architects, foresters and engineers want the province’s biggest city to grow another cluster of wooden giants: timber skyscrapers. Already, Vancouver’s 18-storey Brock Commons tower stands as a testament to the vast possibilities of wood. …Now the provincial government has changed its building codes, effectively doubling the height limit for wood-frame buildings to 12 storeys. The Canadian government is expected to match BC’s codes nationwide. Vancouver is now pushing even those limits by unveiling plans for the Canada Earth Tower, an ambitious 40-storey tower that would be the world’s tallest wooden building. …Meanwhile, government figures show nearly 500 mid-rise timber buildings in various stages of completion across the country. …“BC’s actions have created a ripple effect around the world,” said Michael Green. “The United States has changed its code effectively because of Canada.

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Tiny Molecules Add New Life to Pulp and Paper Products

By Genome BC
Cision Newswire
July 19, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – …With the decline in demand of newsprint and other traditional paper products, and the need to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for challenges in other industries, there is huge potential for the forestry industry to boost uses for by-products. Two novel projects, funded by Genome BC and BC Pulp & Paper Bio-Alliance, will make advances to just these problems. Led by UBC’s Dr. Sue Baldwin, one project will use the concept of a ‘circular economy’ to take pulp and paper mill residues, currently landfill, and use it to sequester nutrients from water at mine sites. …A second project, led by UBC’s Dr. Lindsay Eltis, will develop biological methods that can be used to transform ‘black liquor’… into usable consumer goods such as adhesives, foams, and other applications.

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Building the case for more mass timber construction

By Rolando Hinojosa
Business in Vancouver
July 17, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Faced with the challenge of diminished lumber supply and lower prices, the British Columbia government has made investing in higher-value-added products like engineered wood a priority, betting that supporting mass timber construction can be a winning proposition for the industry. “For too long the focus has been on maximizing volume but not value, and so we want to flip that on its ear,” said Doug Donaldson, minister of forests… During 2019’s first half, the B.C. government announced a number of measures aimed at supporting the increased production of engineered wood products for the construction industry, with a particular focus on building taller mass timber structures. …“I’m a veteran in the wood products industry, and I can tell you that this mass timber revolution is something that I have never witnessed before,” said Structurlam CEO Hardy Wentzel. …Mass timber’s potential has also attracted the attention of WestKootenays-based Kalesnikoff Lumber. 

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Commercial Real Estate: Net Zero Energy-Ready building competition winners announced

By Evan Duggan
The Vancouver Sun
July 16, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A mass-timber office project in Vancouver and a four-storey timber-frame rental apartment in West Kelowna are among the 11 winners of the province’s pilot Net Zero Energy-Ready Competition (NZERC). The 11 ongoing development projects were selected by a jury of government, utility and industry leaders with knowledge of high-performance buildings. The winners will receive up to $390,000 each to put toward completing their buildings. …Highstreet Ventures won a construction incentive for one of its four-storey wood-frame rental apartment buildings at their Carrington View complex. …The jury also selected a 10-storey mass-timber office project at 2150 Keith Dr. in east Vancouver. The Bentall Kennedy building, designed by Dialog architects, will have offices, meeting areas and a research and innovation department. The building will have a highly efficient mechanical system, passive design elements, a high-performance building envelope and will incorporate renewable materials, including B.C. timber.

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Cricket for all: UBC researchers use algorithms to produce affordable cricket bat

By Rehmatullah Sheikh
CBC News
July 13, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Phil Evans

As New Zealand and England battle it out in the 2019 Cricket World Cup final in London, an attempt to transform a crucial aspect of the sport has begun thousands of miles away at the University of British Columbia.  UBC forestry professor Phil Evans is leading a project that uses an algorithm to design a cricket bat that’s cheaper to produce but just as powerful as the one used by professional cricketers.  Evans said his aim is to see a high-quality cricket bat in the hands of every aspiring cricketer. “In India alone hundreds of thousands of kids play cricket and idolize cricketers, and they want a bat that resembles the one that cricketers are using,” said Evans who spoke to CBC from Australia.  “We need to use cheaper material but we don’t want to give them a bat that’s not a good one.” …According to Evans, the process can be used on cheaper wood alternatives like Kashmir willow or Canadian-grown poplar to make mass-producing bats more affordable. 

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Nanoose Bay man fashions drums out of rare and unusual wood

By Emily Vance
Nanaimo News Bulletin
July 11, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Brad Wood

If ever a craftsman was aptly named, it’s Brad Wood. Wood runs a silviculture nursery in Nanoose Bay, but lately his true passion has been making drums. Snare drums made of teak, bird’s eye maple, walnut and purpleheart grace the display he debuted at Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden this past June. A drummer and woodworker in his spare time, Wood first saw a snare drum made of purpleheart wood when browsing online. …Undaunted, he set about trying to recreate it. “I probably burned through at least a dozen different, cheaper woods… It took a little while — a month or two — and once I got everything set up… and realized I can do it, I just kind of got obsessed. With woods, actually,” said Wood. …Those interested can find Wood’s work via Woodshop Drums on Facebook and Instagram, or by contacting woodshopdrums@gmail.com.

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Nelson creates rules for wildfire resistant landscaping and building

By Bill Metcalfe
Nelson Star
July 11, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nelson city council has changed some of its construction and landscaping bylaws to help make the city more resistant to wildfire. …The new restrictions are all based on FireSmart, a nationally accepted set of principles about fire behaviour and how to lower fire risk to structures. …A third restriction will also apply only in Development Permit Area 3 (see map) for new buildings. Wood shingles or shakes will not be permitted. Eaves, attics and under-floor openings must be screened. Wood and vinyl siding will not be permitted. Windows must be double-paned or tempered. There are also restrictions related to chimneys, decks, and porches. “That is a huge shift,” Mayor John Dooley said. “Fire retardant materials are critical.” He said vinyl siding is made from petrochemicals “and we want to reduce the use of those products, and they have aesthetic appeal but they have no structural integrity or value against fire.”

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State of the Nation: British Columbia

By Elsa Lam
Canadian Architect
July 4, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia is leading the charge on sustainability in Canada. Starting in 2017, the province’s Energy Step Code has provided an incremental approach to making buildings net-zero energy ready by 2032. …In coordination with the step code, the City of Vancouver has developed its own zero-emissions energy plan, which aims for all new buildings to be zero emissions by 2030. …The sustainability push in construction is also tied to the province’s strong forestry industry. British Columbia’s Wood First program, initiated in 2009, requires provincially funded projects to use wood as a primary construction material. …B.C. was the first province to permit six-storey wood frame residential buildings, and this spring has moved to allow 12-storey mass timber buildings, a year ahead of a similar anticipated change in the National Building Code. …Meanwhile, several tall wood projects have already been completed after being presented as alternative solutions for compliance with code. 

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Showcase wood pavilion built at UBC’s Martha Piper Plaza Fountain

By Kenneth Chan
Daily Hive
July 2, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A newly-installed centrepiece for the heart of University of British Columbia’s campus is both functional and a sustainable architecture showcase piece. Led by associate professor Joseph Dahmen, graduate students at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture designed and constructed C-Shore – a sustainable timber pavilion that provides … an area of respite and relaxation. The covered wooden pavilion, complete with bench seating, is built into a green space on University Boulevard… This structure is built out of western red cedar trees felled before the construction of developments at the edge of the campus, with logs diverted to a local sawmill and used to construct the pavilion. …the pavilion uses a system of horizontal timber shoring to create the structure and enclosure, which has porous interior spaces that are “enlivened by the dynamic interplay of shadow and light, creating a simultaneous sense of enclosure and openness.”

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Global Buyers Mission

BC Wood Specialties Group
July 2, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The 16th Annual Global Buyers Mission will be held September 11  to 13, 2019 and we are expected to welcome over 800 delegates from all over the world to Whistler, BC Canada again this year. 

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World’s First Fully Automated Cedar Shingle Factory Coming to Clair, New Brunswick

By Natural Resources Canada
Government of Canada
July 18, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

CLAIR, NEW BRUNSWICK – Investments in wood innovation have the potential to grow the economy, tackle climate change and create jobs in rural and remote communities.  René Arseneault, MP for Madawaska–Restigouche, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, announced a $2.4-million investment to help build the world’s first fully automated cedar shingle facility. The funding will enable shingle manufacturer Waska to employ the novel use of lasers, sensors and advanced algorithms, which are a set of computer-generated instructions typically used to perform problem-solving operations in production. …Provided through NRCan’s Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program, this investment will sustain over 90 jobs. …Waska is a division of Clair Industrial Development Corporation Ltd., has been in operation for 50 years.

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Emerging mid- and high-rise timber-construction projects worldwide

WoodRise 2019
July 11, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Join us at Woodrise 2019 where industry professionals will address many aspects of tall wood-building construction and present flagship projects that contribute to make wood a material that is increasingly used in high-rise buildings. In our first plenary session 5 speakers will examine worldrise timber-construction projects. In recent years, there has been an ever-increasing number of large-scale projects worldwide where wood has demonstrated its ability to meet the requirements of high-rise construction. Developers and professionals from many countries have taken up the challenge of using wood to construct buildings that reach unprecedented heights. This plenary session will be hosted by Eric Karsh, co-founder of Equilibrium Consulting, a firm recognized worldwide for its innovative wood designs.

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Lakehead University leads the way in innovative research

Northern Ontario Business
July 4, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Dr. Sudip Rakshit

Three world-class professors at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay have been named in the latest cycle of the Canada Research Chairs Program. …Dr. Sudip Kumar Rakshit has been renewed as a Canada Research Chair in Bioenergy and Biorefining Processes for a second seven-year term. …His focus is on developing new technologies to produce cleaner energy and chemicals. “The challenges of replacing fossil resources by using renewable resources…is crucial for sustainable development and to limit climate change,” Dr. Rakshit said. The aim of his work is to contribute to the development of a circular bio-economy, where materials are kept within use for as long as possible. …He believes integrating such processes into existing wood-based industries – such as in the pulp and paper sector – would make the overall industry economically viable. There looms, however, the resultant environmental problem and the impact on marine and terrestrial life.

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Forward to a greener, denser city

By Megan Devlin
The Globe and Mail
July 3, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Parkland linking the lake to Toronto’s downtown skyscrapers; a skyline more densely packed all the way to North York and timber buildings anchoring glass towers. That’s how some of the city’s leading developers, planners and architects envision Toronto in twenty years. They came together last week at Toronto of the Future, an exhibit in Metro Hall featuring renderings and models of the new development projects. They want green spaces, walkability and eco-friendly buildings to be the way forward. …In the next twenty years, city projections show 200,000 more people are expected to move into the downtown core. …But the biggest change could come from implementing Sidewalk Labs’ Quayside project. The area will likely be the site of new buildings following a burgeoning trend toward more environmentally-friendly architecture. Planned for George Brown’s waterfront campus is a striking mass timber building. [to access the full story a Globe & Mail subscription is required]

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Can mass timber reform construction’s carbon footprint?

By Lucienne Cross
Inhabitat
July 11, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

A new technique for building wooden mid- and high-rise buildings may unlock a critical strategy for reducing the construction industry’s massive carbon footprint. Although forestry, construction and climate experts disagree on the extent of its benefits, mass timber is a promising substitute for concrete and steel, materials that contribute 5 percent of global carbon emissions each. Buildings in general are responsible for 40 percent of all emissions and architects are calling this new green building technique “the next great disruption to the construction industry.” In order to be considered ‘mass timber,’ buildings must use wood products (typically engineered panels) as the primary load-bearing structure. …Although deforestation is a major concern around the world, forests in the United States are sustainably managed. A collaboration between the mass timber and sustainable forestry industries has the potential to support this budding construction industry niche with profound implications for fighting climate change.

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The Future of Mass Timber

By Tyler Freres, VP sales, Freres Lumber Co.,
Building-Products
July 8, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The U.S. mass timber industry is an emerging market with many years of growth ahead. Architects, engineers and developers are astounded by pictures of beautiful soaring mass timber buildings with custom glulam beams, extraordinary spans, and dramatic large format panels. These structures display the versatility and intrinsic beauty of wood structures and the true potential to upend classical construction of concrete and steel. As more of these mass timber structures are completed, we not only enjoy the natural beauty and warmth of wood structures, but we also are reminded of the exceptional environmental benefits of wood construction. Wood is 100% solar powered, 100% renewable, and 100% recyclable. Modern forest management, requiring that forests remain as forests for the future, renews the health of our forests, and gives us the ability to store carbon in a beneficial cycle in our structures.

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In Depth: Siding

By Johathan Sweet
The LBM Journal
July 2, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The siding market continues to look strong for 2019 and 2020—especially in remodeling and replacement. …Overall siding demand is expected to grow by more than 3% annually over the next three years, according to research from The Freedonia Group. …“We still feel confident about the housing and siding market,” says Sean Gadd for James Hardie. …While there are plenty of material options for siding, vinyl is still No. 1 in market share in North America, representing about a quarter of all siding sold. …For those looking for alternatives… James Hardie has its Aspyre Collection… to serve the top-end of the market with a wide assortment of textures and profiles in fiber cement. …“When you go to the top of the market … you’ve got to look exactly like they want to have it look,” Gadd says… which mimics the look of natural cedar shingles.

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Could Hemp Be The Next Big Thing In Sustainable Cotton, Fuel, Wood And Plastic?

By Natalie Parletta
Forbes
June 28, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Since nations like the U.S. and Australia have lifted their bans on growing hemp, a revolution is brewing. Innovators are taking up the gauntlet to cultivate this versatile plant for a medley of biodegradable materials including plastic polymers, building products, fabrics, wood, biofuel, paper and even car components. It’s not new. The fiber from industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa) – from the same species as its cousin marijuana but without the mind-altering THC – has been used for thousands of years to make paper, rope, cloth and fuel. Although still used in China and Europe, hemp went out of fashion, by and large, as it was outlawed and replaced by plastic, cotton, fossil fuels and other profitable products. But as their damage to the Earth has reached crisis proportions, the race is on to produce sustainable alternatives. …Hemp crops even give back by returning nutrients to the soil and sequestering carbon dioxide.

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Francis Kéré completes timber pavilion at remote Tippet Rise Art Center

By Matthew Messner
The Architects Newspaper
July 22, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

After seeing Francis Kéré’s Louisiana Canopy installation at the Louisiana Museum of Contemporary Art, Cathy and Peter Halstead were inspired to commission the Berlin-based architect to add a piece to their vast Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana. A few years on and Xylem, a piece developed in Louisiana, is now complete in Tippet Rise. The art center is home to a number of monumental art pieces, including three large concrete works by Madrid-based architects Ensamble Studio and a complex wooden construction by the New York-based artist Stephen Talasnik. …The 60-foot-diameter pavilion is comprised of thousands of linear feet of ponderosa and lodgepole pine logs. Each log was sustainably sourced from the nearby forests that had been ravaged by invasive mountain pine beetle or wildfires. Once stripped of their bark, the logs were cut to length and bound together to produce the bulk of the pavilion. 

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Katerra CLT passes testing for first project use, first panels to ship soon

Lesprom
July 18, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West
In early July, Katerra CLT products successfully completed product testing for first project use, conducted by its 3rd party agency PFS-TECO, Kattera announced. Company will produce both 5-layer and 3-layer panels, used primarily for floors. Next on track is the testing and certification of 7-layer and 9-layer panels, including CLT shear wall panels to be used for lateral stability, providing even faster and less costly construction. Master panels will come out of its press with a format size of 12ft wide x 60ft long – representing the largest CLT press in the world. The master panels are then fed for finish fabrication into three state-of-the-art 5-axis gantry CNC machines, creating the greatest possible production flexibility. …The first project to receive CLT panels from the factory is the Catalyst Building, located in Spokane, Washington’s booming University District. 

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Catalyst for Change

By Glacier Media
Kamloops Matters
July 18, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

On the surface, two neighboring buildings in the University District of Spokane, Wash., will look deceptively ordinary to the casual observer when they open in 2020. But Catalyst and Hub represent state-of-the-art strategies for energy operations and construction materials. A joint venture of McKinstry Co. and Avista Corp., the project consists of two buildings. …Among Catalyst’s innovations will be the use of cross-laminated timber, a strong  lightweight alternative to conventional poured concrete and steel framing. …CLT will also be used in the exterior envelope of the building to create Passive House conditions, reducing internal and external heat loads to as close to zero as possible. …A development partner, Katerra, will harvest the timber from local farms and manufacture the panels in its Spokane Valley plant.

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Southern Forest Products Association Expo Attracts Sawmillers

By Jacqlyn Kirkland
Timber Processing
July 15, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

More than 180 exhibitors attended the Forest Products Machinery and Equipment Exposition produced by Southern Forest Products Assn. at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from June 24 to 26. The event, which is held every other year, caters to the softwood and hardwood primary lumber manufacturing industry. Hood Industries brought 14 people from its sawmills operations. “The show is always most valuable to me for maintaining and establishing contacts with the vendors,” comments Ben Crim, VP Engineering & Environmental Management at Hood Industries. “In my career I’ve found it very handy to work from the top down when you have vendor problems. Good to know whom to call to make things happen!” Crim pointed to several pieces of equipment that caught his attention, such as the new overhead canter/profiler from RPM, the new Taylor log handler, the Piche lumber handling equipment, the Gilbert planer, Samuel dunnage handling robot and Signode marking system.

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Boilers and beams

By Lawrence Cosentino
Lansing City Pulse
July 10, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

This summer, truckloads of titanic timbers from Canada are rumbling across Michigan State University to be assembled into a unique structure …when it’s finished in the fall of 2020. …two sprawling additions are now going up to the north and south. …The new wings are made largely of “mass timber,” …strong enough to bear the weight of the building and pretty enough to be left exposed. There are currently no mills that make mass timber in Michigan, so the slabs are being hauled from Canada. But the U.S. Forest Service and MSU’s Forestry Department are tracking the STEM project closely, with an eye toward developing a mass-timber market in Michigan. …“Growing trees sustainably, using all of the harvested wood and incorporating it into a long-term structure, extends the carbon and climate benefits of forests,” Forestry Department Chairman Rich Kobe said. Building from steel and concrete emits carbon dioxide, while mass timber sequesters the carbon in the wood.

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Market shifts prompt bill to shore up Maine recycling programs

By Peter McGuire
The Press Herald
July 9, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

State policymakers alarmed by the growing number of Maine communities restricting or abandoning costly recycling programs will draft legislation requiring private companies to shoulder the cost of disposing of common household packaging. The proposed measure is partially a response to the collapse of global markets for recyclables such as paper and plastic. Communities accustomed to getting paid to export low-value material to China were caught off guardlast year when the national government effectively banned imports of recyclables. …To help the state, lawmakers… draft a bill that would force packing material producers to pay at least 80 percent of disposal costs for materials that are not easily recyclable. …Terry Webber of the packaging wing for the American Forest and Paper Association, said his group won’t support a packaging stewardship program. …Paper products already have a recycling rate of about 68 percent and almost all cardboard is recycled, Webber said.

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Experts demand urgent removal of cladding from tower blocks

By Robert Booth
The Guardian
July 18, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

More than 100 more tower blocks must be urgently stripped of combustible cladding panels in a significant widening of the fire safety crisis since the Grenfell Tower disaster. High-pressure laminate (HPL) panels, often made from compressed wood and paper and used to produce colourful patterns on new buildings, should be removed “as soon as possible” from housing taller than 18 metres, the government’s expert panel on fire safety demanded on Thursday. The order could affect thousands of tenants and leaseholders who previously believed their homes were safe. Industry experts believe at least 100 residential tower blocks will be affected. Delays to safety reforms ‘risk a repeat of Grenfell disaster’

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A Paris firefighter shared her harrowing account of what it was like inside Notre Dame as they battled the devastating inferno

By Sinéad Baker
The New York Times in Insider.com
July 17, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A Paris firefighter spoke about the desperate battle against blaze roaring through the centuries-old cathedral, from feeling “powerless” to realizing what strategy the firefighters should take to stop the iconic building from collapsing. Master Corporal Myriam Chudzinski, told The New York Times that she and other fighters were in the cathedral when its famous, 750-ton spire collapsed. …Her team travelled to the cathedral’s attic, where the fire was ravaging the ancient wooden construction, and were forced to come back down as the fire raged and wood began to fall to the cathedral’s floor. But the team had noticed something about the fire’s direction that gave them a new strategy, and ultimately saved the cathedral from collapse. This new plan required the firefighters to let the roof burn and focus their efforts on saving the northern tower, which they felt would take down the rest of the cathedral if it fell. 

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Could wooden skyscrapers be the answer for sustainable construction?

By Malibongwe Tyilo
Maverick Life
July 13, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

In search of sustainable methods of construction, Swedish construction company, Folkhem, is building on a vision of the future of wood in construction. …However, concrete is by far South Africa’s most popular building material. …With the reality of climate change some in the construction business are looking to more sustainable solutions. Swedish property developers, Folkhem and Swedish architect firm, Wingårdhs, are on a mission to expand possibilities of wood in construction …Trees, being made of carbon-based compounds, absorb and store carbon dioxide from the air, therefore reducing the amount in the atmosphere. According to Folkhem, their eight-storey development has total carbon emissions of “minus 1 000 tonnes”. …The wood is also treated to be fireproof… While steel reinforcements can be broken down by heat resulting in collapse, the fireproofed wood is much more likely to withstand the fire. …”we can build houses forever, as long as we take care of the forest,” adds Folkhem CEO

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A timber observation tower with a vertical forest is proposed for Zagreb

By Lucy Wang
inhabit
July 10, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Istanbul-based design studio SUPERSPACE has proposed a new landmark for Croatia’s capital of Zagreb that combines an architecturally striking observation tower with a vertical forest in the heart of the city. Dubbed Ascension, the timber structure would serve as a “new gate” between the historic parts of the city and the post-war areas. If built, the tower would be the 10th tallest building in all of Zagreb and one of the tallest wooden structures in Europe. …The Ascension tower features three main parts: a white and convex outer “shell” that symbolizes the revitalization of the new city; a timber-lined inner “shell” that symbolizes the identity of the old city; and a vertical forest of trees planted on multiple levels of the high-rise to create a visual link to Zagreb’s forested landscape. 

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Over 440 companies across the world remove misleading “go green – go paperless” messaging

Two Sides
July 9, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

CHICAGO, IL – Environmental claims such as “go green – go paperless” and “save trees” are regularly used by banks, telecoms, utilities, insurance companies and many other service providers, as they encourage their customers to switch from paper to lower cost electronic bills and statements.  However, a Two Sides global anti-greenwash campaign operating since 2010 has found that the majority of these claims are unsubstantiated and misleading. To date, Two Sides has successfully engaged with 441 companies worldwide to remove or change such claims about print and paper.  Sectors showing the highest occurrence of greenwashing include telecom providers, banks and financial institutions, utility providers and governmental organizations. In North America, 120 companies, including many of the Fortune 500, have changed or removed their environmental claims following discussions with Two Sides.

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Researchers Invented a New Eco-Friendly Way to Build with Wood

Nature World News
July 8, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

In recent years, scientists have created shape-shifting materials that twist and bend when exposed to certain stimuli, such as moisture or heat. …Now, scientists from the Institute for Computational Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart have figured out a way to bring these same properties to … wood. …The team of researchers working on the project have created a 46-foot tall twisted tower made of wood to demonstrate their technique. The tower is comprised of 12 wooden components, which were made by laminating two pieces of wood using different levels of moisture. The laminated pieces of wood were then dried out, which caused the material to curve naturally without the need for braces or molds. The technique could be used to create bar furniture, living room tables and virtually any other piece of wooden furniture. While challenges lie ahead, the new technique could lead to more environmentally-friendly, economical buildings in the future.

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Toilet paper is getting less sustainable, researchers warn

By Rebecca Smithers
The Guardian
July 5, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Toilet paper – the one product that the majority of us use just once and flush away – is becoming less sustainable, according to research. Analysis from Ethical Consumer magazine found that major brands were using less recycled paper than in 2011, while only five of the nine major supermarkets (the Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose) offered an own-brand recycled toilet paper. The large-scale use of virgin paper contributes to unnecessary deforestation. The UK uses 1.3m tonnes of tissue a year, according to the Confederation of Paper Industries, with the average British consumer reportedly getting through 127 rolls every year. But the growing trend for “luxury” four-ply and quilted toilet roll is fuelling the use of virgin pulp in an effort to create the softest product, the study claims. “There is no need to cut down forests to make toilet roll, yet this is precisely what is happening,” said Alex Crumbie, a researcher for Ethical Consumer.

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Bar-Be-Quick launches eco-friendly briquettes

Convenience Store
July 4, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Featuring a combination of coconut husk, mango stones and corn stover, the CO2-neutral briquettes are formulated from entirely natural ingredients which would otherwise go to waste. They are odourless, free from chemicals and offer a clean burn with low smoke and a longer burn time than conventional wood charcoal. The bagged briquettes also have a longer, hotter burn, with an average burn time of five hours when used in a smoker or kettle barbecue. Paul Keighley, managing director of Bar-Be-Quick, said: “We pride ourselves on being an environmentally-minded business – we were the first UK charcoal supplier to be awarded Forest Stewardship Council certification –by offering the Wood Free Briquettes, we are taking one step further into offering sustainable products. “The briquettes are created using materials that otherwise would have gone to waste.”

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Nestle Wraps Yes Bar in Paper as It Seeks to Cut Plastic Waste

By Corinne Gretler and Ellen Milligan
Bloomberg
July 2, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Nestle SA is responding to criticism that the food industry uses too much plastic by introducing paper wrapping for a confectionery bar, made in a way it calls an industry first. The Swiss food company said it will start selling Yes fruit and nut bars for Europe in paper after developing a method to use that material at the high speeds necessary for packaging a mass consumer product. …“Moving from plastic to paper is not easy,” said Jas Scott de Martinville, head of Nestle’s product technology center for confectionery. The Vevey, Switzerland-based company’s efforts could spur others in the confectionery industry to tackle the plastics challenge …Nestle has exclusivity to the paper-packaging technology with a supplier, which it declined to identify. A water-based coating is added to the paper to seal it, ensuring freshness and shelf life.

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Air New Zealand won’t supply newspapers in Koru lounges

By Chris Hutching
Stuff.co.nz
July 3, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Air New Zealand’s “commitment to sustainability” means it will no longer supply newspapers in its Koru lounges. The airline has posted signs in its lounges telling people to use the wi-fi for their computers and cellphones to get the latest news. …Stuff Limited chief executive Sinead Boucher said… “We were really concerned that the message to their customers in the lounges said the decision was linked to sustainability and that therefore the extrapolation is that our papers must be bad for the environment,” Boucher said. “We are really proud of our sustainability efforts around print. Not a single tree is cut down to make our papers. One hundred per cent of the paper used is made from waste byproduct. ” …The airline said it had removed single-use plastic straws, stir sticks, eye mask wrappers and plastic toothbrushes from lounges and on board aircraft.

 

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Wooden skyscrapers: Sustainable homes of the future?

By Cambridge University
You Tube
June 27, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Researchers from Cambridge University’s Centre for Natural Material Innovation based at the Department of Architecture are working with PLP Architecture and engineers Smith and Wallwork on the future development of timber skyscrapers. Various teams around the world are hoping to produce the tallest wooden skyscraper, the research team from Cambridge have completed holistic work on three proposals for timber skyscrapers in London, Chicago, and the Hague. All three will be on show to the public at the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition 2019, freely open from July 1–7. The team’s exhibit—Timber Towers of Tomorrow—is the culmination of a five year research project.

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Fresh new campaign launched to reframe Wood as The Ultimate Renewable

Forest and Wood Products Australia
June 30, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) has today, Sunday 30 June, launched an advertising campaign to share the environmental advantages of forestry and wood products, as consumers increasingly look for alternatives to unsustainable materials. The advertisements offer a fresh new narrative around forestry that most of the public are unaware of – that wood is a continually renewable resource and that trees in Australia’scommercial forests are replanted. The unique ability to store carbon is another factor that means wood and any products made from it are an environmentally friendly option across the entire supply chain. Award-winning architect and host of Grand Designs Australia, Peter Maddison, is the face of the $1.8m campaign that will cover all major and regional Australian cities across multiple channels, directing audiences to Planet Ark’s Make It Wood website.

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