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Solaris Group Garners Critical Acclaim for Unique Urban Renovation

By Solaris Group
Business Examiner
November 20, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

PENTICTON – TIME Winery won big, taking home two major awards at the 10th Annual Thompson Okanagan Kootenay Commercial Building Awards. The fully-functioning downtown winery took home the Award of Excellence for the Wood category, as well as a Merit Award (runner up) for the Winery category at the event… “It was a very pleasant surprise,” says Ross Manning who co-owns the Solaris Group of Companies, the project’s general contractor, with Rocky Los. “This was our first major commercial project in the Okanagan, and we were very happy with the result.” …“One of the things that sets our company aparts is our ability to work with wood beams,” says Manning. “We’ve done a lot of this type of work and can take on remote projects as well. With the TIME Winery project, we were able to mill all of the beams ourselves, and didn’t need to involve a third party.”

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Saskatoon replacing sand, salt with wood chips in test run to fix slippery streets

CBC News
November 12, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Saskatoon is testing out an environmentally friendly way to make roads less slick this winter. Inspired by cities in Switzerland and Quebec, city workers will be using wood chips on icy roads in the North Industrial Area rather than sand and salt. The city’s roadways director Brandon Harris told CBC Radio’s Saskatoon Morning the city wants to make sure there are no problem with the chips. “We have to make sure the traction is as good as sand, and we have to make sure we won’t be plugging up catch basins,” said Brandon Harris. “The last thing we want is for spring to roll around and us to have a whole problem with getting rid of water.” …”In the spring, you don’t get the dust,” he said. “Most of that organic material will just wash away with normal runoff. Sand stays in place.”

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Tall timber skyscrapers beacon for a future friendlier to climate, Vancouver conference hears

By Derrick Penner
Vancouver Sun
November 6, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Do Janne Vermeulen

While the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes more dire warnings about the speed of change, building experts offer mass-timber options to reduce carbon emissions in construction. For Dutch architect Do Janne Vermeulen, the “space race” to build the world’s tallest timber-based building is no longer a matter of pride, but more of a sustainable imperative. “I don’t think it matters who gets the highest first,” Vermeulen said following her presentation to a sustainable-building conference in Vancouver. “What’s interesting to see is that it helps to get attention for tall wood buildings,” which is the important part “because if you get one, you might get two, if you get 10 you might get 20 and with 20, you might get 100.” Vermeulen’s Amsterdam-based firm, Team V Architecture, is in that race with its design for Haut, a 73-metre (240-feet-tall) hybrid mass-timber residential building in a new, sustainability focused residential district of that city.

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Students erect robotically fabricated wooden bench on Vancouver university campus

By Eleanor Gibson
Dezeen Magazine
November 2, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Robots sliced the interlocking, curved wooden slats that form this sculptural bench, which is currently installed on the campus of the Vancouver’s University of British Columbia. The temporary Wander Wood Pavilion was built during the Robot Made: Large-Scale Robotic Timber Fabrication in Architecture student workshop, held by the university’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP). …To create this organic shape in wood, the team created a digital 3D model of the structure. This was then segmented into the individual sections that were cut using robotically controlled tools. …The overall goal is to show how timber construction can be adapted to create a variety of structures using robotic technology, while championing sustainable production.

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Mid-Rise Housing that Goes Beyond Code

By Think Wood
Architect Magazine
November 14, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Origine in Quebec City is the latest entry in a growing line of engineered wood and hybrid structures now in place across North America, says project architect Yvan Blouin of Quebec City-based Yvan Blouin Architecte. Blouin and André Huot, the representative for Origine’s mass timber wall and panel manufacturer, regard Origine as the latest chapter in a well-evolved, rapidly advancing mass timber story. “This type of building is about the future. It embraces a green vision. We’re building with materials that will help our children and children’s children enjoy a better tomorrow,” says architect Blouin. …Huot says “over 1,200 officials from Korea, China, Turkey, Japan, Canada, United States, and South America have toured Origine during and after construction.”

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SWISS KRONO launches NAF particleboard using EcoSynthetix’ DuraBind

By EcoSynthetix Inc.
Cision Newswire
November 6, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

BURLINGTON, ON – EcoSynthetix Inc., a renewable chemicals company that produces a portfolio of commercially proven bio-based products, today announced that the SWISS KRONO GROUP has launched a new No-Added Formaldehyde particleboard using EcoSynthetix’ DuraBind™ binder. The SWISS KRONO GROUP is one of the world’s leading wood-based panel manufacturers. The launch is SWISS KRONO’s latest innovation in the particleboard sector, known as NAF Solution, a new certified panel without adding formaldehyde. The certification meets the highest quality and ecological standards for wood-based materials and is further proof of the attention that SWISS KRONO addresses to sustainability and respect for the environment. “This is an exciting step in our commercialization strategy for DuraBind. SWISS KRONO is one of the world’s largest and most innovative manufacturers of wood-based panels, and an industry leader in its approach toward sustainability,” said Jeff MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer of EcoSynthetix. 

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Mass Timber Institute Officially Launched

The Working Forest
November 5, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Anne Koven

The Mass Timber Institute officially launched on October 30 with an industry leaders’ collaboration event held at their offices at 110 Yonge Street in Toronto. Key industry leaders from education and industry participated in this collaboration to help propel the mass timber industry forward. In her welcome address, Anne Koven, director of the Mass Timber Institute spoke about the role MTI can play to push the industry ahead and how MTI can help the industry get access to so much more of the research that has been done. An adjunct professor at the University of Toronto and a Forester, Koven said coming into the Mass Timber Institute has been a “surprise for me that I am enjoying very much as I Learn about your industry. …“We plan to expand the Mass Timber Institute nationally and eventually internationally.

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Newfoundland couple horrified to find their hardwood floors bugged — well, beetled

CBC News
November 5, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tina and Brian Neary’s [hardwood floors] are coated in a thin layer of sawdust, forever regenerating itself … due to what they say is an infestation of powderpost beetles: tiny woodboring insects… And the Nearys said it all began with flooring purchased at Costco and manufactured by J. Sonic, a company based in St. Laurent, Que. “The entirety of every room in our house is infested,” she said. …They called a pest control company, who determined it was a true powderpost beetle infestation… the beetle’s larvae can spend up to five years maturing below the surface of the wood until they’ve fully developed [then they emerge by] boring telltale tiny holes up through the surface of the wood, and leaving …sawdust in their wake. …She wrote J. Sonic with “a request to just cover simply our [replacement and extermination] costs,” she said. “We truly thought that it would end there.”

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Automated Nail Laminated Timber process saves time, cost for timber builds

By Patricia Williams
The Daily Commercial News
November 6, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

With several installations under its belt, Timmerman Timberworks has opted to automate fabrication of nail-laminated timber (NLT) panels. The firm, based in New Lowell, Ont., near Barrie, is reportedly the only company in Canada to have done so. It is currently installing panels at 80 Atlantic Ave. in Toronto, the first new timber-frame commercial building to be constructed in the city in a generation. “Fabricating NLT panels by hand is quite labour-intensive,” says Timmerman president Michael Krans, “and much of the work is repetitive, so automating the process makes sense from a cost-of-labour perspective. …Krans said he believes the release last year of a NLT Canadian design and construction guide will help pave the way for more such projects in this country. …The guide was co-edited by architecture and design firm Perkins+Will and structural engineering firm Fast + Epp.

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The 50th Annual Meeting of the IRGWP to be held in Québec City next May

FPInnovations Blog
November 1, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

FPInnovations is proud to invite you to join the 50th Annual Meeting of the International Research Group on Wood Protection, to be held in Québec City, Canada from May 12-16, 2019. The International Research Group on Wood Protection is the leading global organization for the dissemination of scientific information on wood protection technologies. FPInnovations will be holding an important part in the organization of the event with many staff members in the organizing committee. The organizing committee is chaired by Rod Stirling, …current member of the IRG Executive Council. …The IRG scientific program committee is currently working on the meeting program; in addition to regular submissions, participants are invited to submit papers for the Knowledge transfer in the wood protection sector and Mass timber – Protecting its potential special sessions.

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Two Sides Recognizes America Recycles Day

By Two Sides North America
What They Think
November 15, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

November 15th is America Recycles Day. It serves as a reminder of the importance of recycling, the positive impact recycling can have on our landfills, and how much the recycling infrastructure has evolved over the last few decades in the U.S. Paper is one of the most recycled products in the world. Since the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) began tracking paper recycling in North America in 1990, the recovery rate has nearly doubled. According to the AF&PA, the U.S. paper recovery rates have grown from 33.5% in 1990 to 65.8% in 2017, with a goal to reach 70% by 2020. Because of additional recycling, the amount of paper products diverted to landfills has decreased over 38% in the past ten years from 36 million tons in 2007 to about 22 million tons in 2017. In 2014, paper and packaging accounted for nearly 75% of all products recycled in the U.S. – more than glass, steel, aluminum, and plastics combined.

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Prefabrication: The Future of Multifamily and Commercial Construction

By Think Wood
Global Newswire
November 14, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Washington, DC — As the nationwide labor shortage intensifies and building material costs continue to inflate, Think Wood recognizes the need for building owners and developers to maintain the viability of projects. Prefabricated wood buildings—which are no longer limited to single-family housing and smaller temporary workspaces—offer an innovative solution with a multitude of benefits, including process efficiency, a controlled environment, greater return on investment, material efficiency and reduced waste. Collectively, these benefits can help meet the value and performance demands from owners, designers and developers. …Using prefabricated wood construction enabled the impressive framing time MOTO exhibited, which can equate to reduced labor dependency and overall construction costs when compared to other common worksite construction methods.

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ICC releases collaborative 2018 green building code

By Kim Slowey
Construction Drive
November 13, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The International Code Council has released the 2018 edition of the International Green Building Code (IgCC), developed in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Illuminating Engineering Society. …According to the most recent available data from the ICC, 14 states plus Washington, D.C., have at least one jurisdiction that has incorporated previous versions of the IcGG. …Last month, the leadership moved forward 14 proposed code changes that would allow wood high-rises to be built as high as 18 stories and that would put three new types of construction on the books. …The full membership is currently voting on the change… How many of the jurisdictions that now use the IBC as a model for their own regulations will adopt the tall wood codes is another matter since some view tall wood construction as a potential fire hazard. 

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335 Leading Corporations Remove Misleading ‘Go Green’ Claims

Two Sides
November 13, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, International

LONDON, UK  – At the annual meeting of Two Sides’ Country Managers in London on November 5, 2018, representatives from Australia, Europe, New Zealand, North America, South America and South Africa determined to continue efforts to stop organizations from making misleading, anti-print and paper claims in their customer communications. Since its inception, Two Sides’ anti-greenwash campaign has investigated 921 organizations worldwide. Of these, over two-thirds were found to be using unsubstantiated claims regarding paper’s impact on the environment, usually in breach of local advertising regulations. After being challenged by Two Sides, a total of 335 organizations have now removed or changed their messaging.

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Ecological living module is a UN-backed, off-grid tiny home

By Jenna McKnight
Dezeen Magazine
November 7, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…The Ecological Living Module, or EDM, was conceived by Gray Organschi Architectureand Yale’s Center for Ecosystems in Architecture – both based in New Haven, Connecticut. Commissioned by the UN Environment and UN Habitat programmes, the prototype dwelling is meant to address housing issues from both a social and environmental standpoint. …While rectangular in plan, the dwelling has a sculptural form due to its sharply slanted roof. Engineered wood was used to construct the cabin, with posts made of parallel strand lumber (PSL) and beams formed from laminated veneer lumber (LVL). Wall and roof panels are composed of cross-laminated timber (CLT) with wood-fibre insulation and plywood sheathing. CLT was also used for structural decking, while facades are wrapped in western red cedar.

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A Mass Timber Tower Rises in Portland

By Will Macht
Urban Land
November 19, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Until recently, buildings taller than five stories had to be constructed of steel or reinforced concrete, both of which require about 80 percent more energy to produce and represent about 200 percent more greenhouse gas emissions than cross-laminated timber (CLT), a new engineered wood product. Portland developer Ben Kaiser of the Kaiser Group recently completed the tallest American CLT mass timber building—an eight-story, 16-unit condominium/retail tower on an 8,470-square-foot (787 sq m) lot. …The building is called Carbon 12 for the most common carbon isotope the engineered wood sequesters, and for the building’s address at 12 NE Fremont Street in Portland. …Carbon 12 is designed, metaphorically, like a tree. Its roots are a forest of steel piles driven 45 feet (14 m) deep into the ground… The piles support a three-dimensional grid of glulam posts and beams onto which CLT panels measuring 37 by 11 feet (3 by 11 m) are lifted and locked into place.

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Ashlander helps mill rise from the ashes

By Maureen Flanagan Battistella
Ashland Daily Tidings
November 17, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Thanks in part to an Ashlander’s help, the rebuild and restoration of the 1872 Butte Creek Mill is on time and under budget… Massive 30- and 40-foot fir timbers tower over the footprint of the mill, an exquisite example of timber framing. “It’s a really important project because it’s preserving the history of timber framing in our area,” explained Ian Dilworth with Treeborn Timbercraft of Ashland. “There are not a lot of structures that are built like this mill was built and are still around, so it’s great to be able to build it back the way it was.” The Butte Creek Mill in Eagle Point was destroyed by fire in December 2015, but some of the foundation structures remain, and some of the old, burned beams were still in place. Dilworth used these old beams to understand how the original timber members were joined together, matching original construction to new work.

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Could this building material save California homes from future infernos?

The Real Deal – Real Estate News
November 18, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A futuristic building material is being touted by its manufacturer as the environmentally friendly and fire-resistant material California needs for a sustainable future. RSG 3-D is a “cementitious sandwich panel” system with no combustible materials that can be subject to an open flame for two hours before catching fire, according to CNBC. The building material could allow houses to fare better than the state’s widespread wood-frame homes now burning across northern California in the latest wave of deadly wildfires. The panels are made of a polystyrene core, sandwiched between a steel wire grid frame that penetrates through the core. …Construction company Hutter Pioneer is building with the materials currently and its COO Geoffrey Evancic claimed the system is also superior to wood in terms of energy efficiency. 

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Freres Lumber’s massive plywood panels selected for Oregon State lab

By Robert Dalheim
Woodworking Network
November 15, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West
LYONS, Ore. Freres Lumber’s massive plywood panels will be used in the new A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory at Oregon State University. MPP is being used for both interior and exterior walls of the lab as well as roofing in the George W. Peavy Forest Science Center.  “This is our largest commercial project to-date, and we are thrilled to showcase the strength, versatility, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of MPP in this premier project at OSU,” said Tyler Freres, vice president of sales for Freres Lumber Co. “Partnering with Oregon State has been such a positive experience from research and development, to the final shipment of MPP to OSU.”

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Dunwoody puts 6-month hold on multi-unit construction

By Dyana Bagby
Reporter Newspapers
November 19, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A six-month moratorium on multi-unit building applications, permits and construction is now in effect as city officials say they need time to review the city’s fire safety codes and ordinances. It’s unclear how the moratorium will affect Grubb Properties’ proposed 20-acre mixed-use development in Perimeter Center that includes 900 condominiums… The moratorium comes after House Bill 876, dubbed the “wood bill,” went into effect on July 1. The bill prohibits local governments from banning wood-framed buildings that otherwise meet state building and fire codes. The new 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. …Councilmember Terry Nall, who spearheaded the 2014 ordinance to prohibit wood-framed buildings over three stories tall, said in a written statement the moratorium is not tied to the “wood bill” or any possible future development.

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Sweeney Joins In Support of Fire Safety Measure

InsiderNJ
November 14, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Steve Sweeney

Atlantic City – Senate President Steve Sweeney joined with public officials, labor leaders and fire safety professionals today in support of legislation that would change the fire code to help protect residents and firefighters from the dangers of large-scale fires in light-frame residential properties. The bill, S-1261/A-135, sponsored by Senator Brian Stack and Senator Linda Greenstein, would establish several construction code requirements and a fire watch requirement to help limit the spread of fires in larger light-frame residential buildings. “We want to make fire safety a priority in New Jersey to prevent against the vulnerabilities of combustible materials that can allow fires to spread rapidly,” said Senator Sweeney… The bill would strengthen firewall standards in all new multi-family construction. It would prohibit lightweight wood construction, which uses prefabricated wood structures, on buildings over three stories.

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To reduce fires, proposed New Jersey law targets building construction with cheap wood

By David Matthau
New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio
November 14, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

It’s happening more and more in New Jersey. A building catches fire and by the time firefighters arrive, the structure is either completely engulfed in flames or it’s already burnt to the ground. Now, efforts are moving forward to address the root cause of the problem. Legislation has been introduced in the state Senate and Assembly that would change several construction codes and require more steel, concrete and fire-resistant wood be used instead of just lightweight wood and other combustible materials when larger apartment buildings and structures are constructed. Experts agree this would significantly slow the spread of any fire. Ed Donnelly, the president of the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association, said this is really an issue of common sense. …He explained when buildings made of lightweight wood and pre-fabricated material catch fire, flames race through the entire structure and the building will rapidly collapse.

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Hurricane Michael Teaches New Home Building Lessons

By Jamie Gold
Forbes
November 7, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Hurricane Michael … survivors are still digging out from the massive storm that crashed into the Florida panhandle on October 10. The Federal Emergency Management Agency describes Michael as “one of the strongest storms to ever make landfall in [the] Continental U.S.” Aerial photos of the towns in Michael’s path show homes, businesses and entire neighborhoods blown apart, as if they’d been bombed. …“South Florida actually had a reasonable building code in place when Hurricane Andrew struck,” recalls Susan Millerick, director of public affairs of the Tampa-based Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. “What it did not have, and moved aggressively to correct, was a strong, consistent and funded code enforcement program,” she adds. …“We urge people to get the strongest roof they can get, tougher windows and doors, and to consider what’s in the walls with the same care as what they plan to put on the walls,” Millerick advises. 

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EXPO 2019: Robust Exhibit Sales

By Eric Gee, SFPA
Southern Forest Products Association
November 5, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

 Nearly 100 companies have contracted 80% of the available exhibit space for the 35th Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition – Expo 2019 – to be held June 26-28, 2019 at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center. “Participation in Expo is approaching an early sell-out; most of the larger exhibit spaces are already occupied,” commented Eric Gee, SFPA’s exposition director. “Many of the exhibiting companies are determining the equipment they’ll bring for display in Atlanta, and some have expanded their exhibit space based on strong, pre-show orders,” he added.

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The Appalachian “Long Lodge” Optimizes Mass Timber Construction for Sustainable Design

By Vasundhra Aggarwal
Arch Daily
November 3, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The ‘Long Lodge’ proposal for residential cabins along the Appalachian Trail, recently named the Honor Award Winner of the 2018 Maine Mass Timber Design Competition, highlights simple yet creative ways to spotlight the possibilities and natural beauty of timber as a construction material. The winning four-person design team created a lodge that not only serves as a temporary living space but rather becomes a memorable spatial experience through the effects of the structural design choices. …Using glulam timber technology, the design features simple yet elegant maneuvers with the truss system. Though the building appears to have a single roof pitch on the exterior, the upside down truss creates two opposing slopes inside. With the ability to span large distances, the truss allows flexibility for the programs within the living wing. The void connecting the two wings acts as the central gathering porch accessible from both ends of the trail.

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Post-Grenfell blanket cladding ban is ‘unjustified’, says timber expert

By Dave Parker
New Civil Engineer
November 20, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Proposed changes to the Building Regulations on external walls following the Grenfell Tower tragedy should not have a significant impact on the development of tall timber tower blocks, delegates to a London conference were told. Speaking at the Better Timber Buildings conference organised by the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA), former fire engineer …Rupert Scott said that at worst engineers would have to adopt a different design approach if a total ban on combustible materials in external walls was adopted. …Recently the government announced that it would keep its promise via changes to the Building Regulations to be brought in in late Autumn. Negotiations with the timber industry on the exact wording of the proposed amendments continue. The timber industry’s main concern is the potential impact on the increasingly popular use of structural external walls fabricated from cross laminated timber (CLT) to construct tower blocks.

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The construction industry needs to get past new toys and business as usual

By David Chandler, Western Sydney University
The Fifth Estate Australia
November 19, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

There is a lot of grief in Australia’s construction industry this week following the demise of Strongbuild. It’s time for some frank realities to be outed from the shadows.  The transformation of Australia’s construction industry into a viable alternative to the past must be about pre-competitive engagements across the key players. It is not about new toys to enshrine business as usual …and it’s not about the industry’s customers being modern construction’s guinea pigs. …Firstly, I want to acknowledge the leadership and integrity of the Strongbuild team. They have been bold, innovative, generous and ethical  …It is only when these ends meet [customers and policy makers] that businesses such as Strongbuild will be able to offer an attractive investment platform that powers realising the vision that leaders like this bring to the market. The last week has been a sad indictment on an industry needing urgent change.

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This sweatshirt is made of 100% WOOD – but it’s as soft as cashmere

By Shivall Best
The Mirror
November 19, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

If someone was to offer you a wood jumper, you might picture something stiff and uncomfortable. But this sweatshirt, which is made of 100% wood, will completely change your perception of the material. The Blue Sweater is made of beech wood fiber and is full biodegradable, but is remarkably soft to the touch – and definitely won’t give you splinters! …By ditching cotton in favour of wood, the Blue Sweater saves a staggering 3,300 litres of water. The beech wood finer is sourced from FSC certified forests in Germany and Austria, and is grown without fertilisers, pesticides or artificial irrigation. Even the threads in the sweatshirt are made of wood – a biodegradable Lyocell thread.

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Modified glulam used for London restaurant

Timber Trades Journal
November 19, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Accoya glulam has been used for a new restaurant in London. The modified wood was used in the latest branch of The Ivy Collection in Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf. The new brasserie, designed by architect William Conway of William Matthews Associates, saw firm Wiehag as the timber construction partner. The Ivy in the Park is constructed from glulam and cross-laminated timber: internal members are made from spruce, whilst external beams and columns are glulam Accoya. The specification of Accoya wood further extended to the rainscreen trellis which covers the external walls. A total of 47 Accoya glulam beams and 42 glulam columns and 740m2 of rainscreen trellis were required. Wiehag machined it into the glulam beams and columns – alongside the trellis – and finished in the factory with a Remmers Aqua HSL 35 Grey Stain prior to installing on-site.

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Christchurch apartments showcasing timber construction are priced up to $2.5m

By Marta Steeman
Stuff.co.nz
November 15, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Apartments in a showcase five-storey wooden building at Clearwater in Christchurch will be priced at up to $2.5 million. The apartment building is to be constructed of engineered “mass” timber to demonstrate how these building materials can best be used in mid-rise buildings as part of a government initiative to boost the use of timber in construction. …“The whole project is a show case/case study on best practice and how to build with various timber solutions to achieve cost savings and the speed saving available from construction in timber,” Verry said.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020 organisers deny accusations of illegally sourced wood usage

By Walter Sim
The Straight Times
November 12, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

TOKYO – The organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have vehemently denied an accusation by an environmental group that several of the new Games venues are being built by wood that has been purportedly obtained through illegal logging. The US-based Rainforest Action Network (RAN) said on Monday that the use of wood from Malaysia and Indonesia to build new Games venues “flies in the face” of Tokyo’s commitment to realise the United Nations’ sustainable development goals. … This is due to the “illegal logging, human rights abuses, and high deforestation rates that have been widely documented in both the Malaysian and Indonesian forestry sectors and given what is known of Tokyo 2020’s plywood suppliers”. But Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya told The Straits Times: “It is a matter of fact that all timber currently used in construction for the Tokyo 2020 Games has complied with its sustainable sourcing code for timber.”

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Wooden sponges can separate water and oil

By Christine Middleton
Physics Today
November 8, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Once fuel oils, industrial solvents, and other organic liquids enter a body of water, they are difficult to remove. The materials commonly used … are not always mechanically robust or environmentally friendly. Now Xiaoqing Wang and colleagues at the Research Institute of Wood Industry in Beijing have developed a relatively simple treatment process that turns balsa wood into a mechanically robust sponge that can selectively remove organics from water. Natural wood lacks the compressibility and absorbency usually associated with sponges. To give the balsa wood those properties, the researchers removed two of its primary cell-wall components, lignin and hemicellulose, by using aqueous chemical treatments. That changed the wood’s cell structure from a rigid honeycomb to a compressible, lamellar morphology. Even after 100 compressions, the sponge sprang back to its initial size, which indicated that it kept its mechanical robustness despite the removed material.

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Timber Trades Journal stages its first panels conference

Timber Trades Journal
November 8, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Timber Trade Federation’s inaugural UK Wood Panels Conference took place November 7. The conference, which the TTF hopes to build on next year, was intended to bring the federation’s National Panel Products Division more in line with its National Softwood Division and National Hardwood Division, which already have their own events. In addition, said TTF managing director Dave Hopkins, the panels sector is “the fastest growing and most innovative sector” within the timber industry. “We want to ensure we run and lead that agenda,” he said. …Architect Peter Wilson, director of Timber Design Initiatives, rounded off the conference by highlighting construction projects past and present where panel products had been the predominant material used. He said that many architects already wanted to work with timber and panel products and that the industry should engage more with the engineers and quantity surveyors, whose timber knowledge was lacking.

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Architectus’ award-winning Macquarie University Incubator project features Iron Ash

By Australian Sustainable Hardwoods
Architecture and Design
November 8, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Macquarie University Incubator project designed by Architectus and constructed by Lipman features timber by Australian Sustainable Hardwoods Australia. Iron Ash by Australian Sustainable Hardwoods was specified for the award-winning prefabricated timber structure built to embody the vibrant ethos of Macquarie University. …A key objective of the prefabricated structure was to enable future dismantling, relocation and reassembly. Though it wasn’t an easy project, the building was erected in just 37 days and the entire project completed within six months. The structure was built using prefabricated timber floor cassettes, supported on screw piles. Iron Ash treated Masslam V-columns support 22 roof glulam and CLT (cross-laminated timber) cassettes, exposing the timber both internally and externally. The building also contains 44 prefabricated facade panels incorporating 118 timber windows.

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Raising the roof on 2020 Tokyo Olympics gymnastics venue

By Stephen Wade 
Associated Press in the Washington Post
November 7, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

TOKYO — Attention Simone Biles: They’re building a venue in Tokyo where you can add to the four Olympic gold medals you won in Rio de Janeiro. The 2020 Olympic gymnastics venue is halfway completed and should be finished by this time next year. On Wednesday, engineers raised a massive timber roof section, one of five curved sections that will top out the 20.5 billion yen ($180 million) building, which designers describe as being shaped like a wooden bowl. “Japan’s wood culture will be communicated through the venue,” architect Hidemichi Takahashi said through an interpreter. Wood has been traditionally used in Japanese housing, and religious shrines and temples. Each of the five wooden sections weighs 200 metric tons, or 200,000 kilograms (440,000 pounds). Officials said the wood used in the roof is larch, a conifer in the pine family.

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100 Projects UK CLT Explores Pioneering Mass Timber Projects

Think Wood
September 5, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

By: Anthony Thistleton 100 Projects UK CLT co-author
Wood is a building material that can last for centuries. It doesn’t rust, corrode or spall, and it complies with all expected building code and performance requirements. Wood design can add dimensional stability, immense strength and a low carbon footprint. It’s also beautiful, cost-competitive, strong and versatile, providing endless possibilities to design and build structures that leave a legacy. Now more than ever, with innovations like CLT, wood is capturing the imaginations of today’s leading building designers. The UK in particular has been a global pioneer of CLT construction with more than 500 completed projects to date. To celebrate the innovation and showcase what’s possible with CLT, we’ve compiled a book, 100 Projects UK CLT, from research commissioned by the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) and Forestry Innovation Investment (FII).

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High-End Composite Bows in a World of Endangered Trees

By Heather Kurzbauer
Violinist
November 5, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

News from Italy this past week was devastating. …winds reaching 200 kilometers per hour felled more than 300,000 trees in the Val di Fiemme, the world-renowned Violin Forest. A heritage site, the forest protected resonance firs, the prized raw materials for tone wood. …With the tone wood supply severely depleted, the question as to how instrument makers and instrumentalists will react is a pressing one. Will we become more open-minded toward instruments made from composite materials? …Archetiers, better known as bow makers have experimented with composite materials ranging from carbon fiber to graphite for decades. …A little over two decades ago, Strad Magazine (London) commissioned me to set forth and report on a new generation of composite bow makers. Two proponents of the cause with very contrasting backgrounds, the Frenchman Benoît Rolland and the New Zealander Michael Duff were chosen from the growing field of composite specialists.

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‘Puukuokka’ is a trio of wood-framed apartment buildings in Finland

Design Boom
November 5, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Architecture studio OOPEAA has completed a wood-framed apartment complex in jyväskylä, a city in central finland. The development, titled ‘puukuokka’, comprises three multi-storey structures. …In order to provide environmentally responsible and high-quality affordable housing, OOPEAA explored the potential of modular prefabricated cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction. consequently, the entire load bearing structure and frame of the three buildings is made of wood. …The use of CLT modules, which were prefabricated in a local factory, made it possible to cut the construction time on site down to just six months per building, thus reducing exposure to Finland’s winter weather conditions.

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Old and unwanted clothes can be turned into tough panels of water and fire resistant building materials instead of being sent to the landfill

By Victoria Bell
The UK Daily Mail
November 5, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Used and unwanted clothes could be turned into water and fire resistant building material instead of being sent to landfill, researchers say. Experts are experimenting with fabric waste and turning it into solid material in the hope that it will be used in construction. The panels proved to be durable, as well as water and flame resistant, properties which could be fine tuned depending on the fibres used in their manufacture. The recycling scheme aims to reduce the millions of unwanted garments that are thrown out after only an average of two years use. …The group is the first to turn clothes into building material but researchers are trialling recycling them into soft mats for use as heat and noise insulators inside flooring and walls.

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Nanollose makes first garment from tree-free rayon

By Hannah Abdulla
just-style
November 1, 2018
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Australian biotechnology company Nanollose says it has successfully created its first test-garment made from Nullarbor fibre, a sustainable alternative to rayon and cotton. Nanollose says the move marks a “drastic departure from clothing made from traditional rayon fibre that comes from environmentally challenging wood pulp processing” and that is now able to offer a “commercially viable, eco-friendly manufacturing solution for the clothing industry”. …Nanollose’s alternative to to wood uses microbe-based fermentation to convert biomass waste products from the beer, wine and liquid food industries into microbial cellulose.

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