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Athena Sustainable Materials Institute Releases Update to the Impact Estimator for Buildings

Athena Sustainable Materials Institute
Cision Newswire
May 16, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

The Athena Institute announces version 5.4 of its acclaimed whole-building life cycle assessment software tool. …The Athena tool delivers reliable results with its best-in-class methods and the highest quality background data available, with true regionalization for North America and true cradle-to-grave assessments. As always, the software quickly models any building type at any design stage. It makes side-by-side comparisons easy. Thousands of users find it indispensable for helping them reduce the environmental impact of buildings, earn the LCA credit in LEED®, or report embodied carbon. And it’s free. What’s in the latest release: Assembly algorithms for CLT walls, floors, and roofs… Updated Canadian wood product profiles.

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New Paths for Growth in Canada’s Forestry Sector

C.D. Howe Institute
May 14, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Canada’s forest products industry is facing barriers to growth that require innovation, new trade markets and supportive government policies to overcome, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In Branching Out: How Canada’s Forestry Products Sector is Reshaping its Future, author Eric Miller examines how the sector is responding to its challenges recommends policies that will help expand its contribution to the Canadian economy. The external forces buffeting Canada’s forest sector – price swings, US trade protectionism, and shifting market demand for its core products – have challenged the sector to become an innovation leader, he writes. As a natural resource-based sector, it also has had the come to terms with the challenges of sustainability and associated changes in the regulatory environment. “Today, Canada’s forest sector shows potential as a leader in innovation, environmental sustainability and international trade,” says Miller. 

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Creating new opportunities for Northern Ontario’s forestry and wood-related industries

By Fednor
Government of Canada
May 10, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

North Bay, ON – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – FedNor. Manufacturers, producers and communities across Northern Ontario will benefit from jobs, growth and a strong economy thanks to a Government of Canada investment of $1,231,800. This FedNor funding will enable the Canadian Wood Council to support more than 200 construction projects, helping to create middle-class jobs and generating up to $126 million in wood sales. …As part of today’s announcement, $1.2 million will support the organization’s highly successful Ontario Wood WORKS!program for a three-year period. Designed to position wood as an ideal choice and best value material for all types of construction, Ontario Wood WORKS! helps to deliver a range of technical support, as well as educational and marketing communication services across Northern Ontario. In addition, the initiative also helps to promote the use of wood in mid-rise buildings, and identify system solutions for the construction of bridges and low-rise commercial buildings. 

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New design concept for New Westminster’s replacement of Canada Games Pool

By Kenneth Chan
The Daily Hive
May 22, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of New Westminster is making progress on its plans to replace the aging Canada Games Pool and Centennial Community Centre with a new expanded aquatic and recreational centre. This new amalgamated “destination” facility will be constructed around the existing facilities to ensure the community has continued facility acess during the years-long, multi-phase construction period. Recently released early architectural design sketches – by HCMA Architecture + Design – show an expansive structure that heavily uses wood materials, including the roof, which incorporates skylights to allow natural light to pour in. …If the project receives further approvals from city council, construction could begin sometime in 2020. Early ballpark estimates peg the project’s construction cost at around $100 million.

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UBC’s new campus energy centre wins green building award (PHOTOS)

By Kenneth Chan
Daily Hive
May 15, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The University of British Columbia’s recently completed Campus Energy Centre (CES) has won national recognition for its leading-edge sustainable design. CES has won the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s 2019 Green Building Award, and it is the only building in BC to be recognized in this year’s Awards of Excellence. …the CES was completed in 2016 at a cost of $24 million to provide a critical function to the campus: the supply of hot water to 130 campus buildings through 14 km of underground pipe. …And all of this is contained inside a building predominantly made out of timber, which is rare for an industrial-sized utility building of such importance. The building is constructed with cross-laminated timber — a low-carbon, renewable alternative to steel construction, and a design that enables natural ventilation and cooling.

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Wood buildings could be the ‘made in BC’ solution to housing crisis

By Eric Andreasen, VP Marketing/Sales, Adera Development Corporation
Daily Hive
May 13, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Superseding plans for Canada’s National Building Code changes next year, Premier John Horgan has announced plans to fast-track BC as the leader of sustainable buildings in Canada by applying recent changes to the BC Building Code, allowing for construction of wood buildings up to 12-storeys. This is a positive direction for the province, and a strategic move which will not only stimulate the local forestry industry, but should ultimately attract other developers to take the leap from concrete construction to an environmentally-conscious alternative providing more affordable housing solutions for British Columbians. I hope other developers will adopt this material in their construction process and realize its potential as a solution to environmental and economic issues affecting many people today. Sustainability is an integral part of Adera’s core values here on the West Coast; we strive to come up with innovative ideas when approaching our own projects to inspire others and to improve the communities we build in.

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Delta proposes mass timber skyscraper in B.C.

By Russell Hixson
Journal of Commerce
May 7, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Delta Land Development is planning to skip the small steps and surge the building industry forward with a giant leap. Delta and its team is in the process of planning the world’s tallest mass timber building in Vancouver’s Broadway Corridor. …Delta aims to transform the site into the Canada Earth Tower to demonstrate what is possible for sustainable development. Kirk Robinson, senior vice-president with Delta, explained that he and others at the company want to take bold steps to address the growing climate crisis. …The team came up with a mass timber skyscraper between 30 and 40 storeys that would create approximately 200 homes and be built to Passive House standards. …“Wood was a bit scary for me initially, but now that I’ve taken a deep dive into understanding mass timber a lot better, I’m completely converted,” said Robinson.

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World’s tallest wooden skyscraper may grow in Vancouver

By Alexander Walter
Architect News
May 6, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Daily Hive editor Kenneth Chan gives a detailed introduction of the Perkins+Will-designed Canada Earth Tower, a proposed timber tower that could rise up to 40 stories and accommodate around 200 residential units. “The structure would be predominantly made out of fire-resistant wood, specifically cross-laminated timber,” Chan writes. “Floor plates, structural columns, and exteriors will use wood materials, while a concrete core containing the elevators and emergency staircase will be incorporated for seismic and fire safety reasons.” Vancouver was once home to the planet’s tallest wood building, when the 18-story, 178-foot UBC Brock Commons tower opened in 2017, but it lost the title in the following year to another nation with a noted economic and ecological interest in pushing timber as preferred building material—Norway’s Mjøstårnet (Mjøsa Tower) topped out at 85.4 meters (280 feet) in 2018.

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B.C. artist carves out niche business making unique hat blocks

By Evan Hagerdorn
Vancouver Sun
May 3, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

In his workshop looking out over the Georgia Straight, Roger Friesen picks up the first hat block he ever made. It’s a simple, dome-block design with a dark-aged finish, the shape resembling a bald head. The plain-looking mold was first made for his wife’s millinery work and was the beginning of his hat blocking career and business, For Your Head. If you own a handmade hat, odds are, it was made using a hat block. Much like a last, the form used to make a shoe, hat blocks are wooden molds carved to configure wet fabric, such as wool or felt, into the shape of a hat. Once a prospering industry, it has since seen a decline as fewer and fewer people choose to wear structured hats. …The Sunshine Coast-based woodworker is one of the last hat-block carvers working in Canada — and the only known professional carver of this kind in B.C. Perhaps, he muses, it’s too technical a craft.

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New Campbell River water facility recognized with pair of awards

By Mike Davis
Campbell River Mirror
April 30, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Campbell River’s new water supply centre building was recognized with two awards earlier this month, and Mayor Andy Adams showed off those awards at the most recent meeting of city council. … the centre received the Community Recognition Award from Wood WORKS! – a program of the Canadian Wood Council – for its support of the B.C. wood industry and its commitment to use wood. The centre … will be featured in the next edition of Celebrating Excellence in Wood Architecture, an annual publication put out by the Canadian Wood Council. …A Wood First approach was used in the design and construction of the water supply facility, with the trees used in the construction of the interior of the building having been felled on the property itself. 

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Three future North Bay condos part of all-wood movement

By PJ Wilson
North Bay Nugget
May 12, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Anthony Rota wants to see wooden buildings rising as tall as the trees that provide their raw material. At a news conference Friday, the Nipissing-Timiskaming MP said efforts are underway to increase the limit on how tall wooden structures can be in the province, doubling the limit to 12 storeys from the current six. “It’s a new endeavour,” Rota said after announcing a FedNor investment of $1.23 million to the Canadian Wood Council to support more than 200 construction projects. “It will have a direct impact” on Northern Ontario employment, Rota said at the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. “Northern Ontario is a major producer of wood . . . and this will have a major impact on the economy of Northern Ontario.” The investment, he said, will help create middle-class jobs, particularly in the North, and to generate up to $126 million in wood sales.

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Not all plastic is toxic — bioplastic is made from wood, other biodegradable material

By Laurie Wright, Senior Lecturer, Solent University
The Conversation
May 15, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

We’re all too aware of the consequences of plastics in the oceans and on land. However, beyond the visible pollution of our once pristine habitats, plastics are having a grave impact on the climate too. Newly published research calculates that across their lifecycle, plastics account for 3.8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. That’s almost double the emissions of the aviation sector. If it were a country, the “Plastic Kingdom” would be the fifth-highest emitter in the world. …More than 99% of plastics are manufactured from petrochemicals, most commonly from petroleum and natural gas. …A more fundamental solution is to switch to making plastics from biodegradable sources such as wood, corn starch, and sugar cane. …It is essential that we drastically reduce our use of avoidable plastics, and eliminate the carbon footprint of the ones we need to use. Our relationship with plastic may be toxic, but it doesn’t need to be forever.

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Why the U.S. paper recovery rate rose last year Posted

By Colin Staub
Resource Recycling
May 14, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Consumption of U.S. recovered fiber versus overall finished paper products sold into the market hit a record high percentage in 2018. An industry group explained the increase, which came amid market challenges. The American Forest and Paper Association last week released its 2018 U.S. paper recycling report, noting that last year’s recovery rate hit a historic high of 68.1%. …The recovery rate is the highest on record, which dates back to 1990. The next-highest year was 2016, when the U.S. notched 67.2%. The rate has generally trended upwards, with occasional backslides. …The recovery rate in 2018 is notable as a new record high percentage, especially amid a challenging market dynamic for recovered paper and recycling overall. …Meanwhile, the 2018 increase in recovered fiber exports, which Resource Recycling reported on earlier this year, indicates strong global demand amid the trade uncertainties, Hawkinson explained.

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Charging for Paper Bags

By Donna Harman, American Forests & Paper Association
The New York Times
May 8, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Donna Harman

Re “Paper or Plastic? The City Has a Plan to Get You to Say No to Both”, about the New York City Council’s approval of a nickel charge on paper bags following the statewide ban on single-use plastic bags: Paper is part of the solution, not the problem. Paper is recyclable, compostable, reusable and made from a renewable resource, trees, which capture and store carbon from the atmosphere. By weight, more paper is recovered for recycling from municipal waste streams than glass, plastic and aluminum combined. About two-thirds of the energy used to make paper, including paper bags, comes from renewable, carbon-neutral biomass, not fossil fuel. About 88 percent of the water used to make paper bags is returned to the waterway after being treated. …That environmental success story should be encouraged, not punished by taxation.

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American Wood Council Launches Fire Service Advisory Council

American Wood Council
May 7, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) has launched its Fire Service Advisory Council, a national group of fire service experts that will provide AWC and the wood products industry with broad-based advice and guidance on fire safety strategies and tactics regarding wood construction, wood products, and the wood product industry’s engagement with the fire service. The Fire Service Advisory Council provides the opportunity for a productive dialogue with the nation’s Fire Service to address reducing fires in wood construction. The Fire Service Advisory Council is also intended to help identify effective training materials for the Fire Service and enhance the relationship between the Fire Service and wood products industry. The first Fire Service Advisory Council conference call took place on April 30th. This will be followed by a fall in-person meeting during which AWC and the Fire Service Advisory Council will solidify an action plan to drive council activities into 2020 and beyond.  

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American Wood Council relaunches WoodAware as a resource for Fire Service

American Wood Council
May 6, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council this week relaunched WoodAware (www.woodaware.info), an informational website on wood construction for the fire service. New additions to the WoodAware site include a section on the International Code Council (ICC) tall mass timber code changes recently approved for inclusion in the 2021 ICC building codes. WoodAware aims to educate the fire service on traditional and engineered wood products used in residential and non-residential construction. The website provides extensive information on fire safety and testing, along with examples of typical wood construction in all types of structures the fire service may encounter. WoodAware also provides the fire service with a detailed guide explaining all of the newly-approved tall mass timber code changes. “It is vital that firefighters educate themselves on all construction materials and methods of construction,” said AWC Fire Service Relations Manager Ray O’Brocki.

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Biophilic Design: Bringing the Outside In

By Marta Schantz
Urban Land
May 1, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Humans, on average, spend the vast majority of their time indoors. Yet scientific studies on human health conclude that spending time in and around nature, or even just looking at natural elements, can have wide-ranging benefits. The real estate industry is closing the gap between these conflicting concepts by bringing nature indoors with biophilic building design. Whether as a living wall, an indoor water feature, a green roof, wood building materials, or art that evokes nature, biophilia is growing in popularity. Biophilic design—the practice of connecting people and nature within built environments and communities—is making spaces more authentic and memorable in a meaningful way. …The U.S. Green Building Council began offering a biophilia pilot credit in April 2018 as part of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

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Innovation to help builders do more with less

By Josh Kulla
The Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon
May 7, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

With the ongoing shortage of skilled labor showing little signs of abatement, contractors are eagerly seeking ways to increase efficiency. This is one reason why the use of panelized wood-framed wall systems and other methods of prefabrication are gaining popularity. …“There is a lot of automation and digitization of building information with BIM, so that’s a factor,” said Mike Steffen, director of innovation for Walsh Construction. “But the big factor that’s leading to its use now is the shortage of labor.”…One of the advantages of prefabrication is the reduction in the amount of on-site work required. By using three-dimensional digital models based on engineering and design documents, virtually any part of a project can then be shared with trade partners; then those aspects where prefabrication makes financial and practical sense can be tackled.

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Kentucky city’s suspension of paper recycling ripples through region

By Katie Pyzyk
Waste Dive
May 22, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Lexington, Kentucky has temporarily suspended mixed paper recycling in its curbside program, which the city attributes to cost increases from recyclable material market changes. Local residents are now being asked to dispose of paper — but the move is affecting customers beyond city limits. LEX-MRF…handles approximately 36,000 tons of material annually. According to Plant Operations Manager Barry Prater, processing and marketing fees were historically offset by the sale of recovered commodities. That began to change about a year ago, “when the markets went flat.” Rebates were still being paid, but the MRF was no longer able to cover its processing fees. …Material buyers indicated more changes were coming as regional paper mills reached an oversupply of material. …Lexington is far from the first local government in the U.S.to cut mixed paper due to market conditions, but the move is new in a state that has been less affected than others. 

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The five finalist entries for NYC’s “Big Ideas for Small Lots” affordable housing competition

By Justine Testado
Architect News
May 21, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

As part of the City of New York’s efforts to provide more affordable housing to its residents, the Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC competition was launched by the NYC Department of Housing… to solicit innovative architectural proposals for small-scale, urban infill affordable housing in designated sites across the city. Out of more than 400 submissions in Stage I, the esteemed jury recently selected five competitive, experienced teams to advance as finalists to Stage II. …HPD may select one or more teams to develop their proposals into an affordable housing project. …“Mass Green Living” by Anawan/101 + Kane AUD. …For the structure of the building cross laminated timber is employed for its precise nature, sustainable construction, and warm finished appearance. …“Fold and Stack” by OBJ. …A combination of prefabricated elements and cross-laminated timber panels allows for fast construction and minimal on-site labor.”

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New mass timber building in Des Moines is the nation’s first

By Kim Norvell
Associated Press
May 18, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

DES MOINES, Iowa — A new building in Des Moines’ East Village is the first in the United States built using a unique type of mass timber — an eco-friendly material that is becoming more popular as developers look to reduce their carbon footprints. Scheduled for completion soon, the four-story building is also the first speculative office and retail building in downtown Des Moines in more than a decade. Roughly half of the 64,000-square-foot building has been leased, owner Tim Rypma told The Des Moines Register. …“Sustainability is a feature that prospective tenants like,” Rympa said. “It’s not just another office building.” …In this case, the timber was pressed together using dowels, said Gerald Epp Jr., business development engineer at StructureCraft, the Canadian company responsible for the project’s structural engineering.

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Online shipping boom creates massive ‘cardboard footprint’ from boxes

By Jason Knowles and Ann Pistone
ABC TV Chicago
May 16, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

CHICAGO — Fast deliveries are just a click away, all in a cardboard box. The I-Team and the Chicago Sun-Times discovered an extensive trail of excess waste that exposes your “Cardboard Footprint.” …The U.S. Department of Commerce says e-commerce sales for 2018 were more than $513 billion, an increase of more than 14 percent in a single year. …Amazon revealed that in 2017 it shipped more than 5 billion items worldwide, to Prime customers alone. The I-Team and Chicago Sun-Times wanted to know how all those cardboard boxes are stacking up. “It could add up to some significant impact. And the concern there is, if there is less cardboard available we need to go back to the raw material, which is trees. …”On average a corrugated box contains 49 percent recycled content, so when you recycle it you’re giving that box back to our industry,” said Racheal Kenyan.

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Lumber industry and local college team up for upcoming 10-week mill training program

By Robert Dalheim
Woodworking Network
May 15, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States
SUMMERSVILLE, W. Va. A West Virginia community college is dedicating a day-long event to recruiting studens for its upcoming 10-week lumber and mill training program. New River Community and Technical College in Summersville, West Virginia says the training program will allow students to gain skills through the college to prepare them for a paid internship in the lumber industry, and was developed by working with lumber mills and identifying training needs for current and potential employees. “Our lumber and mill training was developed in response to the need for skilled employees in the local lumber industry,” Dean of Workforce, Technical, and Community Education Dr. Jerry Wallace explained. “Through this training, we can help current employees already working in the field along with those interested in working in the wood industry.”

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Dunwoody extends moratorium on apartment, condo construction

By Dyana Bagby
Reporter Newspapers
May 6, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A 6-month moratorium on wood-framed multi-unit construction in Dunwoody set to expire this month has been extended until August to give city officials time to review proposed changes to the city’s fire safety regulations. The Dunwoody City Council voted to extend the moratorium for another 90 days, setting the expiration date as Aug. 5. The original moratorium approved in November was set to expire May 19. The moratorium continues the city’s hold up on any review of applications or building permits for any wood-framed multi-unit buildings in the city. …The city’s moratorium on multi-unit building construction came after House Bill 876, dubbed the “wood bill,” went into effect on July 1, 2018. The bill prohibits local governments from banning wood-framed buildings that otherwise meet state building and fire codes. The state law erased Dunwoody’s 2014 ordinance that required commercial, office, apartment or condominium buildings more than three stories tall to be framed with noncombustible materials, such as metal or concrete.

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UMaine, U.S. Department of Energy launch $20M wood-fiber research initiative

Maine Biz
May 3, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The University of Maine and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced Thursday a new research collaboration to advance efforts to use wood fiber in 3D printer manufacturing. …Under the partnership, the Oak Ridge and UMaine research team will work with the forest products industry to produce new bio-based materials that will be conducive to 3D printing… U.S. Sens. Susan Collins said, “The development of sustainable, inexpensive wood-based materials for large-scale 3D printing has the potential to invigorate Maine’s forest products industry.” …[The] scientists … will conduct fundamental research in several key technical areas, including cellulose nanofiber production, drying, functionalization, and compounding with thermoplastics, multiscale modeling and sustainability life-cycle analysis. By placing cellulose nanofiber into plastics, those scientists say strong, stiff and recyclable bio-derived material systems can be developed that may be 3D printed at rates of hundreds of pounds per hour and comprising up to 50% cellulose fiber. 

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UMaine will get world’s largest 3D printer and use wood-based plastic to make boat molds

By Eesha Pendharkar
Bangor Daily News
May 2, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Come October, the largest 3D printer in the world will be installed at the University of Maine in Orono. One of its first uses will be to print a boat mold that boat builders can use. The substance behind the 3D printing operation will be a wood-based plastic developed at UMaine. The boat mold is one of the first objectives of a new, bio-based 3D printing program that’s a collaboration between the University of Maine and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The hope is that the initiative could make 3D printing more useful in manufacturing while reinvigorating Maine’s forest products industry by finding new uses for wood-based products. …“The material is nanocellulose, basically a tree ground up to its nano structure. These materials have properties similar to metals,” Dagher said.

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Is there such a thing as a good non-plastic alternative?

By Oliver Balch
The Raconteur
May 22, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Backlash against unrecyclables is pressing companies and consumers to search for alternatives. While card, glass and cotton packaging may be greener options, experts say a change in consumer understanding is still needed in order to be truly sustainable. …Cardboard should be the dream packaging product. And, in many ways, it is. It’s light while strong, easy to recycle and dependent on those great climate regulators: trees. It’s what happens before your boxed-up Amazon purchase lands on your doorstep that’s the problem. At the crux of the issue are commercial timber plantations, many of which are now located in the global south. …In response, the pulp and forestry industries have developed a variety of sustainability certification schemes to demonstrate their efforts to mitigate such negative impacts.

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Multiplex project becomes Australia’s largest Passive House

The Construction Index
May 16, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Australia’s largest Passive House building is located on Monash University’s Peninsula campus in Frankston, Melbourne. The Passive House – Passivhaus – standard is designed to ensure that buildings energy efficient, comfortable and affordable at the same time. The new student accommodation complex comprises 150 single occupancy units set over six levels and was completed by Multiplex in March. …The project was designed by architect Jackson Clements Burrows. “We have set a new industry standard for environmentally sustainable construction, and we look forward to working towards the prestigious Passive House standard on future projects.” …The project was Multiplex’s first foray into cross-laminated timber construction (CLT). The use of CLT has the capacity to halve the embodied carbon in the building relative to a concrete structure.

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A question of durability

By Ed Suttie
The Timber Trade Journal
May 14, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A perennial weed in the flowerbed of timber specification is the question about the service life of a wood product. …Performance classification of wood in construction aims to bring together the material characteristics of a product and its exposure to weather and moisture to define a performance class. It is focused on specification of the right material for purpose. It’s key to underpinning confidence in wood; its ability to deliver service life specifications and, more importantly, to meet customer expectations of performance. It is needed for service life information in environmental product declarations, for material certification schemes and for replacement intervals in whole building assessment methods such as BREEAM. …Project CLICKdesign will develop a performance-based specification protocol to enable provision of a software tool for architects and other specifiers to embed service life performance specification for wood.

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South African student wins global award for wood-based project

All 4 Women
May 15, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Jane Molony and Martin Wierzbicki

The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) has announced the three global winners of the 2018-2019 Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award. University of Pretoria Masters student MartinWierzbicki along with Elina Pääkkönen (Finland) and Chinmay Satam (USA) were lauded for their novel wood-based research projects. They made their official presentations in Vancouver, Canada last week to industry executives at the ICFPA-hosted international CEO Roundtable, a biennial gathering of forestry and forest product companies. The international competition – now its second round – aims to attract submissions from aspiring scientists and young engineers who are developing novel solutions using wood fibre, process improvements or other products along the forestry-pulp-paper value chain.

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Tzannes-designed timber engineered commercial build wins top property honour

Architecture and Design
May 13, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Australia’s first engineered timber office, International House Sydney, has picked up the state’s top property award. Lendlease was presented with the Property Council of Australia’s Rider Levett Bucknall NSW Development of the Year award at a cocktail reception this evening. “International House demonstrates that mass timber construction is a viable alternative to conventional construction and stands as a beacon of innovation and sustainable design excellence,” says the Property Council’s NSW executive director Jane Fitzgerald. Designed by Tzannes Architects and completed in April 2017, International House Sydney stands six storeys high, constructed entirely from cross-laminated timber and glue-laminated timber, including floors, columns, walls, roof, lift shafts and stairs.

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XLam confirms it’s closing New Zealand operations

By Tina Perinotto
The Fifth Estate Australia
May 2, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

After months of deliberation and consultation, cross laminated timber company XLam today (Thursday) confirmed fears it would close its New Zealand operations at Nelson. A statement from the company said the operations are no longer considered commercially sustainable and that “a new business model” would “usher in a more commercially competitive and sustainable way for the company to supply CLT to the market.” The move, first flagged by The Fifth Estate in early April, comes after the collapse of the Strongbuild business in Sydney and the failure of the voluntary administrators to find buyers for the business at Bella Vista as a going concern. A statement from Xlam said the move would allow more efficient servicing of demand for its product in New Zealand. “As demand for off-site fabrication, mass timber construction and CLT continues to grow, so too does the XLam business, with a focus on improved customer solutions and increased manufacturing utilisation”.

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The challenges of building defect-free homes

Planning, BIM & Construction Today
May 7, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Offsite construction can contribute to improvements in delivering better quality buildings, says a report that calls for urgent changes in the culture and processes of housing construction. …Its conclusions cover the whole process from project set up to handover on completion. The report, Stopping Building Failures, identified several key problems… The Housing Forum study is centred on three key areas: Procuring for quality; Harnessing innovation to prevent defects; Building defect-free homes. Commenting on the report, Nigel Ostime, project delivery director at Hawkins/Brown, said improvements in quality and productivity can be significantly enhanced with offsite manufacture, including the use of timber frame and CLT. …“It also highlights the benefits of modern methods of construction and greater use of off-site to improve both quality and productivity. This includes timber frame and cross-laminated timber, which also have benefits in reducing carbon.”

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Forests instead of cathedrals

By Guillaume Habert
Phys.org
May 7, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Notre Dame should not be rebuilt, argue Guillaume Habert and Alice Hertzog. In times of climate change and in light of the current religious landscape its reconstruction is no longer a priority. …The recent IPCC report warns that we have 10 years to drastically change our construction techniques. …And thinking about our long-term legacy in this context, might mean not building – not extracting more metals and not felling the trees in the forest – rather than building to last forever. …The morning after the fire, the French insurance company Groupama pledged 1,300 hundred-old oak trees from its private forest in Normandy. …Architects, designers and engineers are well equipped to provide elegant solutions for Notre Dame, without provoking further climate change or jeopardising the quality of life of future generations. When less is more, then maybe nothing is everything.

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Vincent Callebaut envisions sustainable restoration of Notre-Dame cathedral

By Adam Williams
The New Atlas
May 6, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Following the devastating fire that damaged the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral last month, local [Paris] firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures has unveiled its vision for the iconic building to be restored. The firm imagines it being topped by a new glass roof and a spire, and for it to receive a significant sustainable upgrade. The concept… brings to mind NYC’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. …While the undamaged parts of the building look essentially the same, Callebaut radically reimagines the upper areas destroyed in the fire. His proposal would create a new spire and wooden frame made from CLT beams, with carbon fiber slats. Covering the building would be a complex glazed roof that allows for lots of natural light inside, incorporates ventilation, and features advanced solar panel-like tech that turns sunlight into electricity. Click here for a gallery of images… and [stay tuned for on-site updates as  your Frog team heads to Paris this Friday to investigate further. Seriously!]

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GG-loop wraps Freebooter apartments with cedar louvres

By India Block
Dezeen Magazine
May 6, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Dutch architecture studio GG-loop has built a pair of prefabricated apartments in Amsterdam with timber louvres positioned to regulate the levels of light entering the building. Called Freebooter, the block was made from steel and cross-laminated-timber and was prefabricated off site. It took three weeks to install all four floors, and the whole project took only six months to build. The building, which contains two duplexes, is wrapped in long vertical planks of timber. These timber strips extend over some the building’s terraces, with cut aways placed to allow light into the building. …GG-loop wanted to connect the project with this context, using materials connected with shipbuilding such as red cedar, pine wood, steel and glass. Cedar, for example, is a popular choice for planking because the wood has natural properties that stop rot.

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Enabling clients to go further, faster, through offsite design and manufacture

By Andy Walker
Infrastructure Intelligence
May 6, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Overcoming industry productivity challenges requires a firm focus on delivering the benefits of offsite manufacture, not just talking about them. …Ramboll has demonstrated best practice in high quality design for manufacture, including working with off-site manufacturing partners. The firm helped deliver Swan Housing Association’s first ever award-winning modular cross laminated timber (CLT) homes from their UK factory in Basildon. …Construction impact was also reduced, with 90% reduction in site deliveries and improved site safety, with 60% fewer workers onsite. Based on standard house types that can be easily customised, Ramboll helped Swan deliver on their aims of beautifully designed homes and improved quality, whilst the standardised house types enable repeatability in the factory environment, driving higher standards.

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Notre Dame: time to call in the French builders with medieval skills

By Kim Willsher
The Guardian
May 6, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

In a clearing in a forest in northern Burgundy, the stonemasons and carpenters of Guédelon are awaiting a call. If anyone can rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral as it was – if that is what is required – they can. Remaking medieval history is what they have been doing at Guédelon for the past 22 years, as a team of workers and volunteers construct a 13th-century château using the tools and techniques of the epoch and, as far as possible, locally sourced basic materials like stone and wood. …As the fire roared through Notre Dame’s “forest” – its oak-beamed roof – sending flames far into the sky over Paris, many feared something irreplaceable had been lost. …Guédelon’s co-founder, Maryline Martin, said if anything good is to come out of the burning of Notre Dame, it is that the traditional trades practised here will finally be recognised as worthwhile.

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Want to develop in timber? Changes to the National Construction Code makes it easier

By David Rowlinson, Planet Ark
The Urban Developer, Australia
May 1, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

AUSTRALIA — The adoption by Australian states and territories of the National Construction Code 2019 will see new changes that allow buildings of all classes to be constructed with timber building systems. The changes for buildings up to 25 metres — typically 8-storeys — marks an exciting opportunity for developers looking at exploring the use of different materials in their projects. In 2016, the NCC moved into a three-year amendment cycle, which signals significant change for residential building practice. …Timber building systems — such as traditional lightweight timber framing, cross laminated timber (CLT), laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and glue laminated timber (glulam) – will be approved for use in a range of new buildings, including retail, aged care accommodation, schools, and hospitals.

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As mass timber takes off, how green is this new building material?

By Jim Robbins
Green Biz
May 21, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building

The eight-story Carbon 12 building in Portland, Oregon is the tallest commercial structure in the United States to be built from something called mass timber. If the many fervent boosters of this new construction material are right, however, it is only one of the first mass timber buildings among many, the beginning of a construction revolution. …But big questions are being asked about just how sustainable the new building material is — especially about how forests that produce mass timber are managed, and how much CO2 would be emitted in the logging, manufacture and transport of the wood products used in the construction. So far, critics say, there aren’t good answers to these questions. “We want to debunk the myth…” said John Talberth, of the Center for Sustainable Economy, based near Portland. …Yet proponents say mass timber does have real promise as a way to sequester massive amounts of CO2. 

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