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2018 Wood Design & Building Award Winners Announced

By Natalie Tarini
Canadian Wood Council
January 17, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Ottawa, ON — Wood Design & Building magazine announced the award recipients for the prestigious 2018 Wood Design & Building Awards program. …The Canadian Wood Council, as well as program sponsors, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Western Red Cedar, and Sansin also granted awards. Two special jury awards were selected for installation projects under the title of Ephemeral Architecture. …The Wood Design & Building Awards program is a unique opportunity to recognize exceptional wood buildings and celebrate design teams that continually challenge the possibilities for wood in construction. “The longevity of our prestigious Wood Design & Building Awards program is a testament to the innovation that exists for the wood products industry,” explained Etienne Lalonde, Vice-President of Market Development for the Canadian Wood Council. “The quality of submissions received is paramount and a true reflection of the sophistication and refinement that is forever evolving for the wood industry.”

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New Database Aids Search for Certified Lumber

By Scott Gibson
Green Building Advisor
January 14, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Builders and designers seeking lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council can now turn to a new database for help in finding specific products and wood species. The FSC Wood Finder allows users to search by the type of product, its availability, and its location in the U.S. and Canada, FSC Communications Director Brad Kahn said in a post at Trim Tab, the website of the International Living Future Institute. Although there are hundreds of companies offering FSC-certified wood products, he said, it’s not always easy for builders to find exactly what they need, especially if they need it right away. …Product types listed in the database include lumber, panels, millwork, engineered wood products, pressure-treated wood, and windows and doors.

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FPInnovations collaboration leads to improvements in moisture content measurements

FPInnovations Blog
January 9, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

FPInnovations is currently supporting the first industrial implementation of the continuous precision drying technology. The process, that allows for the redrying of selected lumber pieces at a given target moisture content (MC), is equipped with an MC measurement system, a decision support tool that is provided by SCS Forest Products by Finna Group (SCSFP), an FPInnovations member company. The moisture meter measurement determines whether the product requires redrying or not. For FPInnovations’ Advanced Wood Manufacturing team, this is a step towards the development of technological solutions that can help achieve the desired levels of precision for the moisture content in an automated, reproducible and continuous way. …The MC precision improvement in the process will lead to a better dryer utilization and also to a better global quality of the products.

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FPInnovations on opportunities for fibre-based food-service packaging

FPInnovations Blog
January 10, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Most of us have done it at one point—leave a take-out restaurant or café with our order in a plastic bag or in a polystyrene (PS) foam container, but times are changing and more consumers are willing to adapt their habits in the interest of protecting the environment. …In a recent online survey of 3,000 North American consumers commissioned by FPInnovations, 33 percent of consumers said they try to refrain from buying a product that is packaged in PS foam because they believe it is bad for the environment… Seventy percent of consumers aged between 18 and 35 said they would be willing to pay a premium for a paper-based single-use food container. …FPInnovations researchers are investigating the feasibility of recyclable and biodegradable fibre-based packaging replacing PS foam and single-use plastic products. …The survey demonstrates there is consumer interest and will to support … fibre-based single-use restaurant packaging.

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Tall timber towers taking root in Canada as builders look to go green

By Ian Bickis
Canadian Press in the Vancouver Sun
January 20, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Michael Green

TORONTO — Six years ago Vancouver architect Michael Green took the stage at a TED conference and called for a global era of wood-framed skyscrapers. Some were skeptical. “People really thought I was an idiot,” said Green in a recent interview. …tall wood buildings have defied skeptics and are sprouting up in cities across Canada as the wood industry sees opportunity, developers embrace new designs and momentum builds to reduce the heavy carbon footprint of concrete and steel in construction as the urgency of the battle to combat climate change grows. “For me it all comes back to the carbon story. It all comes back to choosing renewables to build our cities,” said Green, principal at Michael Green Architecture. ……rules could change next year to allow 12-storey towers in the 2020 update of the national building code… Builders are exploring the possibilities of mass timber and looking at how tall their ambitions will reach.

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This 18-story building went up in 66 days thanks to the right mass timber products

By Antonio Pacheco
The Architects Newspaper
January 17, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

When it came time for Acton Ostry Architects to select a manufacturer for the mass timber components of the 18-story Brock Commons Tallwood House at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, Structurlam stood out. “Experience, qualifications, supply, schedule, cost” all worked to Structurlam’s benefit, according to Russell Acton, principal at Acton Ostry. Acton explained that along with supplying mass wood structural components, Structurlam provided end-to-end oversight and support by “[collaborating] with the structural engineer, construction manager, and mass wood erector to refine the design and optimize cost, quality, and constructibility considerations for the mass wood components.” As a result of Structurlam’s comprehensive approach, the hybrid concrete-and-mass-timber structure building was erected in record time: just 66 days.

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UBC installation mixes wood and robots

By Warren Frey
Journal of Commerce
January 14, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Students at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have used [wood] and the newest in robotics to create a temporary art installation in the centre of the campus. The Wander Wood Pavilion, a wooden curved rounded shell that forms into a bench, was a collaborative effort between several different sets of participants … as part of Robot Made: Large-Scale Robotic Timber Fabrication in Architecture, a workshop involving 15 architecture students along with external partners. UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) had a leading role in the project, spearheaded in part by professor AnnaLisa Meyboom… “We (myself and the Centre of Advanced Wood Processing here at UBC) obtained a grant from Forest Innovation Investment to run the workshop. We brought in collaborating experts from Germany and University of Waterloo. The participants are the students from a course I teach as well as people from industry who sign up.” Meyboom said…

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Mayor lobbies for wood use in new Mills construction

By Rod Link
The Terrace Standard
January 9, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

As much wood as possible should be used in the construction of the new Mills Memorial Hospital, says Terrace mayor Carol Leclerc… wood in the public areas of the hospital, for instance, would create a warm and inviting atmosphere. …Leclerc’s wood use lobbying efforts involve speaking with Wood Works! BC. Through Leclerc, its municipal affairs and national sustainability manager, Peter Moonen, has already been speaking with Northern Health Authority project planners and intends to make more contact later this month. “Our role is really to encourage [the use of wood], act as coaches, if you will,” said Moonen about the role of Wood Works! BC. …The Northern Health Authority’s Eryn Collins said the extent of wood to be used in the new Mills is being determined by the ongoing business plan.

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Timber! Why an age-old building material is making a 21st-century comeback in Ontario

By Diane Peters
TVO.org
January 21, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

One of the University of Toronto’s latest building projects, a 14-storey academic building on top of the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, next to Varsity Stadium, is going back to basics — with a twist. It’ll be constructed mainly of mass timber, and when it’s done, it’ll be one of the tallest mass-timber-and-concrete hybrid buildings in North America. Yes, wood is back. The building material comes with a number of benefits — environmentally friendly, lightweight — and support from the Ontario government. “You know what they say: everything old is new again. If you think about it, wherever trees grow, people have been building with wood,” says Marco VanderMass, associate and project design architect at Kirkor Architects and Planners in Toronto. “Over time, we lost faith in wood because of big fires.”

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‘Building Innovation’ with Sidewalk Labs’ Karim Khalifa

By Elsa Lam
Canadian Architect
January 7, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

“In December, Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs unveiled its draft master plan for the Quayside neighbourhood in Toronto. Their proposal includes a dozen mass timber towers—some up to 30 storeys high—connected by underground freight and waste tunnels, and flexible podium (or “stoa”) levels. Canadian Architect editor Elsa Lam spoke with Karim Khalifa, Director of Buildings Innovation at Sidewalk Labs, about the architectural details of the proposal. Here are highlights from their conversation: …”From the beginning, the proposal that Sidewalk put together looked at how to create a really sustainable district. Tall timber was an obvious go-to. Before I joined Sidewalk, I had been doing six to eight storey mass timber buildings in Europe. Here we had the chance to stretch the limits of where tall timber could go.”

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Increasing Urban Wood Use Awareness and Product Demand

By Kathryn Fernholz et al
Dovetail Partners
January 15, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

This analysis examined existing programs that are utilized in the management and care of the urban forest to identify areas of alignment and potential for green market opportunities. …The analysis identified a number of near and long-term opportunities related to green building, forest certification programs, existing programs, and regional activities. Urban wood use is reported anecdotally within green building programs and third-party forest certification programs. With further development, the use of urban wood in green building could be expanded and recognition within third-party forest certification programs could be formalized. The PEFC has announced an expanded scope of their program to include street trees and urban forests (Trees Outside Forests), which offers a pathway to third-party certification for urban forest management and urban forest products.

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Comparison of Environmental Impacts of Flooring Alternatives

By Jim Bowyer et al
Dovetail Partners
January 14, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Homeowners, commercial building owners, designers, and builders have many floor covering options from which to choose. The differences in environmental impacts between some of these options are substantial. …Some flooring products trigger vastly greater environmental impacts than others. No flooring alternative outperforms all others in every impact category. However, systematic assessment of a wide range of impact categories shows plant-based flooring products such as wood and cork to be those generally associated with the lowest impacts, and carpeting and marble floor tiles triggering the greatest impacts. Though a natural material, wool, when used as a floor covering material, has by far the greatest environmental impact of any flooring alternative, including all other types of carpeting material. 

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The magenta tiny house is a kitsch interpretation of compact living

Designboom
January 16, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Promoted as an answer to the affordable housing crisis and a desirable alternative to traditional homes and mortgage, the tiny house movement continues gaining momentum. more than half of americans would consider living in a home that’s less than 600 square feet, according to a survey done by the national association of home builders…. Their latest is the portable magenta tiny house, an unapologetically pink timber structure, constructed atop a flat trailer. The 11ft 2 ‘x 6ft 2’ build comprises of heat-insulated wooden panels on all sides. …The structure took only 3 months to build and cost a total of 11,000 USD including materials and labour. ‘It is a manifesto of temporary independent housing, against debt and mortgages.‘

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Replacement For Crumb Rubber Hits Artificial Turf Market

By Brock USA
Cision Newswire
January 15, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

BOULDER, COLO. — Brock USA, the leading manufacturer of shock pads for artificial turf fields, has released the first affordable and durable organic replacement for crumb rubber infill for artificial turf – aptly named “BrockFILL™.” …Traditionally, the infill has consisted of crumb rubber … and sand, but crumb rubber infill has been the subject of numerous investigations and news articles related to human health and safety as well as environmental concerns. For this reason, companies have tried to find alternatives. The representatives from Brock USA believe they have found the replacement. …BrockFILL™ utilizes a tried and true, safe raw material that has been used by mankind for centuries: wood. BrockFILL™ is an engineered wood particle infill that  outperforms other artificial turf infills  during rigorous  durability, longevity, performance, abrasion, and safety  testing. ..Environmentally, it’s a win-win for the industry. BrockFILL™ is sourced and made in the USA from  sustainable tree farming.

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International Code Council moves to embrace taller mass timber buildings

By Antonio Pacheco
The Architect’s Newspaper
January 11, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

After over two years of testing and several rounds of deliberation, the International Code Council has settled on a batch of modest code changes that will embrace tall timber buildings in the United States. The changes are due to take effect in 2021, after approval from ICC’s Ad Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings in December 2018. …New International Code Council tall timber building standards could streamline the approval of projects that once required extensive testing and review. …The officials conducted research and performed multiple fire tests—including controlled burns of five two-story CLT structures at the National Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in Baltimore—to back the safety of their proposed changes. …Seattle-based architect and mass timber specialist Susan Jones of atelier jones… “The codes are solid and very conservative, given the performance the material showed.”

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The U.S. mass timber industry is maturing while it branches out

By Sydney Franklin
The Architects Newspaper
January 14, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…What’s clear is that U.S. demand for wood buildings is there. The country’s largest producer of cross-laminated timber (CLT), SmartLam, has experienced such rapid growth since opening six years ago that it is building a new headquarters in Columbia Falls, Montana, and planning a second facility in Maine to supply what the industry thinks will be an influx of midrise construction in New York and other cities along the Eastern seaboard. “The expansion here is simply driven by need,” said SmartLam CEO Casey Malmquist. “There’s always been a grassroots support for CLT in the U.S. and a recently increased interest in research and testing. But now we’re no longer speculating about whether it will work—it’s going mainstream.” While similar Pacific Northwest companies like DR Johnson and Katerra, as well as firms such as LEVER Architecture and Michael Green Architecture, have long led the field, production is growing in uncharted territories. 

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Michael Feigin: Multifamily Builder Launches Fire-Elimination Strategy for Wood Frames

By Jim Parsons
Engineering News-Record
January 10, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

After fire destroyed AvalonBay’s four-story, 235-unit apartment project in Maplewood, N.J., in 2017, Michael Feigin decided that conventional industry standards and approaches designed to minimize the risks of these relatively rare, yet costly construction-phase fires were not enough. Adopting a goal of “fire elimination,” Feigin, AvalonBay’s EVP and chief construction officer, searched for a combination of practical tools and practices that would provide a greater degree of safety, and in turn reduce the risk of human error. …The result is a multifaceted program that combines traditional fire-suppression measures with new technologies. Along with enhancing site-perimeter security and relocating welding, brazing and other hot-work activities off site, AvalonBay now deploys onsite sensor networks to monitor sudden temperature changes. The company also is collaborating with the developer of a specially formulated, environmentally sound fire inhibitor that can be applied easily to non-fire-retardant wood, which typically makes up about 90% of framing on a multifamily structure.

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Green Building Initiative Announces 2019 Board of Directors

By Vicki Worden, Green Building Initiative
Global Newswire
January 10, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Portland, Ore. – The Green Building Initiative (GBI) is pleased to announce the election of its 2019 Board of Directors.  Outgoing GBI Chair Rich Mitchell … has passed the gavel after a two-year term to Tim Atkinson, vice president of sales for Stimson Lumber Company of Portland, Ore., who also serves as president of the Pacific Northwest Association of Rail Shippers.  Atkinson takes the reins following the largest two-year growth period in GBI’s history, during which the organization supported more than 465 building projects that earned third-party assessment and certification through its Green Globes® and federal Guiding Principle Compliance® (GPC) programs. …“GBI has carved out a unique niche in the market,” stated Atkinson. “…we’ve seen GBI increase education and promotion of Green Globes and develop customized tools to support private and public sector owners, practitioners, and contractors with understanding that sustainability can be incorporated into every building type…”

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Integrated design, built environment focus of community presentation

Washington State University
January 16, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Michael Green

Washington State University’s School of Design and Construction will host a community presentation and panel discussion on integrated design and construction; cross-laminated timber; and the future of architectural design, advanced manufacturing, and construction in the Spokane area. …“This will be an exciting opportunity to bring together key players in the built environment from the community, industry and academia,” said Julia Day, director of WSU’s Integrated Design and Construction Laboratory and an assistant professor in the School of Design and Construction. …Speakers at the event will include internationally recognized cross-laminated timber experts, Michael Green of Michael Green Architects (MGA); Eric Karsh and Robert Malczyk of Equilibrium; and Michael Frank of McKinstry. Both Michael Green Architects and Equilibrium are now part of the Katerra ecosystem.

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Now is the perfect time to make your home fire safe

By Marjorie King
The Siskiyou Daily News
January 16, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Speakers from CAL FIRE, Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and UC Berkeley Cooperative Extension discussed these questions and gave a preview of new recommendations at a recent workshop organized by the Fire Safe Council of Siskiyou County. “Protecting Your Home and Land from Wildfire: Defensible Space and Construction, to Improve Your Odds of Survival” was a free workshop attended by about 60 people in Yreka. …Windows are vulnerable, especially the glass itself, but the frame can also burn. Multi-pane windows, especially if at least one of the panes is tempered glass, are best. …Decks should have a non-combustible zone around and under them. …Roofs are vulnerable spots, and can be ignited by pine needles, leaves and other flammable debris, even if they have a Class A fire rating… That is why overhanging branches are a hazard – they drop debris on the roof.

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California Mass Timber Building Competition Begins January 15

By Woodworks – Wood Products Council
For Construction Pros
January 8, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The California Government Operations Agency (GovOps) will award $500,000 in grants as part of the statewide California Mass Timber Building Competition. Grants will be awarded to selected proponent teams presenting viable and repeatable mass timber solutions for commercial and multi-family projects in California. The competition is being hosted by GovOps and administered by WoodWorks – Wood Products Council. By showcasing the architectural and commercial viability of advanced mass timber products in construction, the competition is intended to support employment opportunities in rural communities, contribute to the health and resiliency of California forests, and advance sustainability in the built environment. …By showcasing opportunities for mass timber, GovOps seeks to stimulate the demand for buildings constructed using mass timber and generate investor interest in potential in-state production capacity while advancing its climate change and green building objectives.

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World Centric Introduces 100% Compostable, Marine-Degradable Paper Straws

By World Centric
Cision Newswire
January 8, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PETALUMA — World Centric today announced the availability of new 100% compostable, marine-degradable Kraft Paper Straws designed to reduce the impact of plastic straws on the planet. The new straws are made from sustainable materials, are non-toxic, and will help reduce the buildup of unrecyclable plastic in the environment and our oceans. World Centric’s new Kraft Paper Straws are manufactured utilizing FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified kraft paper that meets strict standards for environmental and social responsibility and helps ensure long-term protection of forests. The straws also provide durability unavailable with traditional paper straws, which tend to quickly lose their shape and functionality in liquids; contain no phthalates, BPA, or chlorine bleach; and are compostable. In addition, they fulfill the requirements of the new California Straw Law that took effect January 1, 2019.

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New Peavy Hall design to showcase industry’s future

By Vada Shelby
The Daily Barometer
January 7, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

In early 2019, OSU will have a new forestry building, complete with “rocking wood.” …According to Geoff Huntington, director of strategic initiatives at OSU, this building will display a unique type of design with structural integrity needed to allow the building to be reoccupied after an earthquake. The new Peavy Hall will include a new type of engineered plywood and cross laminated panels, along with a variety of wood products all sourced within 300 miles of campus. Those involved with the design aimed to use a new type of material to improve sustainability and increase earthquake resistance. “It has been our intention to demonstrate the capabilities and the future of our important wood products industry here in Oregon,” Huntington said. …The term “rocking wood” is used to describe the cross-laminated timber used in making MPP, because it can counter the pressure given by strong winds or earthquakes. 

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WoodWorks, Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters partner to deliver mass timber installer training

WoodWorks and Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice and Training Program
Cision Newswire
January 16, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON — With growing interest in mass timber and tall wood buildings, WoodWorks – Wood Products Council has partnered with the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice and Training Program to provide mass timber installer training to construction professionals in the Greater Chicago area. Intended to serve as a model for training across the U.S., the program will help ensure the availability of experienced construction professionals to meet increasing demand for buildings made from cross-laminated timber and other mass timber products. Beginning in April 2019, installer training workshops will be offered through the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters’ Apprentice and Training Program Center in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

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Why wood construction is making a comeback

By Britt Faulstick
Drexel University News Blog
January 17, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

While it was one of the first and most common materials used to make things… wood has been on the outs for more than a century. …But that could all be changing in light of recent code changes related to the use of wooden building materials in larger buildings. …Drexel College of Engineering Professor Abi Aghayere, PhD, who co-authored a definitive text on wood construction in 2017, suggests that momentum has steadily been building for a return to the classic building material. However, building with wood today will likely look very little like it did in its heyday. He recently shed some light on why the changes are happening now and what they’ll mean for building construction. …”Even with the code revisions we aren’t likely to see buildings that are entirely wood, because it takes a mix of materials to make them resilient to a variety of environmental stresses”.

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CRÈME proposes floating timber bridge to connect Brooklyn and Queens

By Sukjong Hong
The Architect’s Newspaper
January 10, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Currently the only link between the rapidly developing neighborhoods of Long Island City, Queens, and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, is the Pulaski Bridge, a six-lane drawbridge. …Brooklyn-based CRÈME/Jun Aizaki Architecture & Design wants to change that by proposing the LongPoint Bridge, a 250-foot-long crossing… distinguished from its counterparts across the city for its lightweight, floating timber construction. …Glulam beams joined by galvanized steel braces and pins rise in two trussed peaks of armature around the nearly 50-foot-tall masts. …Its height above the canal allows smaller vessels to pass underneath, but for larger boats, the bridge pivots open in the middle, with each section moving on propeller-driven pontoons. This floating feature also allows the bridge to rise and fall with the tides. According to Jun Aizaki, the firm’s founder and principal, the bridge’s design and timber composition allows it to be assembled off-site and installed quickly and inexpensively.

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How to build a skyscraper out of wood

By Jeff Spross
The Week
January 14, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Building skyscrapers out of wood: It sounds bizarre… But it could actually be the future of construction. “Each material has its different pros and cons, and there’s no reason that timber shouldn’t be part of that larger discussion,” Todd Snapp, an architect with the global firm Perkins + Will, told The Week. “I can’t say it’s better than steel or concrete. I can say it should be just as relevant in the discussion of what material to use.” Snapp is the design principal guiding the firm’s River Beech Tower project, an 800-foot residential skyscraper that would be built almost entirely out of wood. The tower was designed in parallel with a master plan the firm was awarded to develop an area in Chicago’s downtown… Cambridge University’s Natural Material Innovation project came to them [with the] idea to pick a real-world site and then develop the building [to] give the Cambridge group specific structures, practices, and so forth to test out in the lab.

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Koppers Performance Chemicals Enters into Sales Arrangement for Fire Retardant Product

By Koppers Holdings Inc.
Cision PRNewswire
January 9, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

PITTSBURGH– Koppers Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koppers Holdings Inc., today announced that its Performance Chemicals business has entered into a sales arrangement to supply FlamePRO® to Biewer Lumber. Supply will begin effective immediately and is estimated to generate sales of approximately $10 million over a two-year period, with the potential to extend for an additional 12 months. “Koppers is excited about the opportunities to grow in our select markets related to our fire-retardant product. We introduced FlamePRO® in September 2018 for wood-based construction applications and we are pleased that it is being recognized as a premier solution in the marketplace,” said Koppers Performance Chemicals Senior Vice President Doug Fenwick. Commenting on the partnership, Biewer Lumber Vice President Doug O’Rourke said, “…With the introduction of FlamePRO® into their portfolio, we felt that we could strengthen our position in the market with their partnership.”

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New GLT manufacturing project announced

Architecture and Design
January 22, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A new glue laminated tmber (GLT) production plant is to be built in Maryborough, Queensland.  Hyne Timber’s CEO, Jon Kleinschmidt says the new building will be constructed using the company’s own GLT products, manufactured at their existing plant in Maryborough. “Further, Hyne Timber remains committed to using Queensland products and services throughout delivery of this construction project with a priority on Fraser Coast businesses where possible. “Every part of this development will celebrate and showcase Queensland businesses and skills as so many businesses and people have supported us over our 137 years of operations,” Kleinschmidt says. Hyne Timber’s GLT sales manager, John Hesse says the company has been experiencing an increase in both enquiries and demand for GLT as consumers search for sustainable building solutions.

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Kengo Kuma is crafting a timber temple to sports for the 2020 Olympics

By Jonathan Hilburg
The Architect’s Newspaper
January 16, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Kengo Kuma’s $1.4 billion National Stadium is over 25 percent complete and should open in November 2019 for six months of testing before the Tokyo 2020Summer Olympics kickoff. …Kuma has pledged that the stadium will source over 70,000 cubic feet of larch and cedar wood from nearly all of Japan’s 47 prefectures, with an emphasis on areas hit hardest by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The steel roof over the ovoid stadium will be supported by a lattice of exposed timber beams and joists. …It’s not all smooth sailing  …as the U.S.-based Rainforest Action Network has accused the group of sourcing endangered tropical timber from Malaysia and Indonesia to build the 2020 stadiums. A Tokyo 2020 spokesman has denied the claims, but the commission is working to further tighten up its sourcing standards regardless.

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Tzannes adds to series of engineered timber buildings with design for University of New South Wales

ArchitectureAU
January 20, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Tzannes and Lendlease have designed a multi-purpose building constructed from cross laminated timber (CLT) for the UNSW’s main campus in the Sydney suburb of Kensington. UNSW D14 Building by Tzannes and Lendlease. Image:  Tzannes, Lendlease. The collaboration is the latest in a string of large engineered timber buildings Tzannes has designed for developer Lendlease, including International House Sydney in Barangaroo, the Australia’s first engineered timber commercial building and winner of the National Award for Commercial Architecture at the 2018 National Architecture Awards, as well as a planned adjacent “sister” building. The seven-storey D14 Academic Building will replace the existing UNSW Hall Building, built in 1959. …In a design report produced as part of the application, the architects said the premise of the design was to celebrate “timber as the hero through simplicity, efficiency and clarity in expression. 

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The Penrith building at the forefront of sustainable design

Architecture and Design
January 18, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A sustainable community centre in Penrith, Sydney has been recognised for its sustainable building practices and innovative green design. Equipped with a 20kW PV solar system, geothermal heating and cooling and water-efficient fittings, the Jordan Springs Community Hub recently won the Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Award. Built in partnership with Lendlease, the centre is the first in NSW to be built from cross-laminated timber. It also utilises a geothermal heating and cooling system that is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent, leading to a reduction of 37 tonnes of CO2 each year. According to the Penrith City Council, the heating system is so effective that the cost to install it will be paid off through savings in under 10 years.

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Australia to become self sufficient in engineered timber by 2020

By Jenny Brown
Commercial Real Estate News
January 17, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

“What,” asks Sydney architect James Fitzpatrick, “has our generation added to new technology and ways of building?” Since the 1970s, argues the founder of Fitzpatrick + Partners, “nothing substantial has been added to the architectural oeuvre. “But suddenly there is a technology and material that is of our time. So what we will leave, I think, will be engineered timber construction”. With several Fitzpatrick-authored CLT buildings already up and with a decade-deep investment in researching the scope of the various engineered timber products, Fitzpatrick is a passionate promoter of a sustainable and beautiful building material that has, to this point, been largely sourced from Europe. But courtesy of two new Australian-based manufacturing plants – one that commenced construction on Thursday, January 17, in Maryborough, Queensland – by the end of the year Australia should be able to supply its own needs for what is already termed “the GLT (Glue Laminated) Revolution”.

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Researchers make an ear with 3D printer using cellulose

By David Jones
Market Business News
January 16, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Scientists at Empa have used cellulose to 3D print an ear. …The cellulose that the scientists used to 3D print the ear comes from wood. The researchers are currently equipping cellulose with additional functionalities to 3D print implants for cartilage diseases. …Michael Hausmann, an Empa researcher, removes an object with a human ear shape from the 3D printer, and then explains: “In viscous state cellulose nanocrystals can easily be shaped together with other biopolymers into complex 3-dimensional structures using a 3D printer, such as the Bioplotter.” …At this point, the 3D printed ear is completely and solely made of a biopolymer and cellulose nanocrystals. However, the goal is to incorporate both therapeutic and human cells into the base structure in order to create biomedical implants. A new study is underway to find out how to integrate chondrocytes into the scaffold to yield cartilage tissue.

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LIGNIA Wood Company signs distribution agreement with Timber Connection

Timber Trades Journal
January 15, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

LIGNIA Wood Company, the modified timber manufacturer, has signed a distribution agreement with a leading UK timber distributor – Timber Connection. The exclusive five-year agreement will see Timber Connection distributing LIGNIA’s products across the UK and the Republic of Ireland from its 150,000ft2 base in Kirkby, near Liverpool. LIGNIA is a natural, modified FSC-certified softwood timber designed to match, and in some cases exceeds hardwoods such as European oak and Ipe in performance. The company’s manufacturing process is also designed to enhance the wood to include greater durability, with a 50-year warranty offered against rot and decay in above-ground applications, plus improved performance for shrinkage and swelling. The product is aimed at both indoor and outdoor applications, including general joinery such as cladding, flooring and decking, as well as for use in windows and doors.

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Wood for your health!

Timber Trades Journal
January 16, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

TTJ’s Wood and Wellness Conference will be an opportunity for wood industry sectors and specifi ers/construction companies to learn more about timber’s potential in the health and well-being megatrend. Stephen Powney reports. Changes in the construction and building design industries are opening up new potential for the specification of wood. The health and well-being megatrend is set to be one of the biggest factors in coming years, with a renewed focus on natural material use in homes, workplaces, healthcare facilities, education and a host of other environments. How wood fits into this will be explored in TTJ’s Wood and Wellness Conference in central London on February 13, bringing together both the wood industries and construction/design/specification sectors at the Hilton London Tower Bridge.

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How Illegally Harvested Timber Is ‘Greenwashed’ in China

Sixth Tone
January 16, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

SHANDONG, East China — Even when Europeans buy certified sustainable wood, the environment pays the price. …[In] the factory of Shandong Xingang Group in the city of Linyi, few employees wear masks, despite signs saying they are required. Throughout the hall lie boxes adorned with tree-shaped logos, which should mean that the wood inside is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to have been produced under good labor conditions and come from sustainable forests. But like so much timber that passes through China, their sourcing is unclear and likely anything but sustainable. “These are poplar and eucalyptus cores, but they’re not FSC-accredited,” a company manager explained, standing in front of a box sporting the FSC logo. “Everyone does it. We’re just following suit because of the market.” …However, an investigation by Sixth Tone shows that, in China, the logo has become… a tool for “greenwashing” — allowing illegally harvested timber to …enter global markets.

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Cross laminated timber the future for Sabah

Malaysia Daily Express
January 15, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

KOTA KINABALU: Research has found that cross laminated timber (CLT) could be the future of the wood and building industry in Sabah; although it appears there is a mountain to climb before proponents see a wooden skyline in the state. The eight-month joint research between a team of University Malaysia Sabah wood technology and industry final year students and Sapulut Forest Development Sdn Bhd has shown promising results to suggest that tall buildings can be built using timber. CLT however is not a new concept for it has been used in other countries, most notably in Vancouver, Canada, where the world’s tallest building with a timber structure, Brock Commons Tallwood House, is standing at the height of 53 metres.
Closer to home is Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. It will be Asia’s largest wooden building when completed.

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All construction fires should be made reportable

By Stephen Mackenzie
Construction News
January 11, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

UK — The number of construction-site fires is soaring – but data gaps and reporting issues stand in the way of tackling the problem. Home Office construction-fire statistics indicate a 43 per cent rise in deliberately caused fires between 2015-17; this is a significant cause for concern for the sector. …We simply do not have the data for all near-misses and small fires, which is preventing us from understanding their root causes. We are unable to fully grasp the factors that influence the rate of fire-incident growth, which is preventing the industry from putting in place mitigation measures. …The subject of construction-site fires has been much debated since an alarming number of significant construction fires took place between 1970-80, and then again following a spate of significant timber-frame construction fires during the 1990s. [to access the full story, a subscription may be required]

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Shigeru Ban Architects burnishes its status as a leader in mass timber

By Jack Balderrama Morley
The Architect’s Newspaper
January 8, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Shigeru Ban Architects (SBA), …has sought out some of the less heroic products of our age, sometimes using trash as inspiration for the next big thing in structural solutions; the firm works with humble materials, but its final creations are no less accomplished for it. Wood is one of these seemingly humdrum materials that SBA has long played with, but in the past decade or so, it has skillfully taken advantage of the material’s flexibility. SBA is quite literally taking timber structures to new heights, and is currently at work on both the tallest hybrid timber structure and the largest mass timber development in the world. With work around the world, the firm has pushed the possibilities of what glulam, cross-laminated timber, and other wood products can do—both formally and functionally—proving to skeptical local administrators that timber is a material that can meet and even exceed their building codes.

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