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Québec City to host Woodrise 2019, an international congress on mid- and high-rise wood buildings

Cision Newswire
March 19, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

QUÉBEC – The Québec City Convention Centre, in collaboration with the City of Québec, is pleased to announce that the second World Congress on Mid- and High-rise Wood Buildings will be held in Québec City in the fall of 2019. From September 30 to October 4, Woodrise 2019 will bring together wood construction stakeholders, decision-makers, and professionals to share their knowledge and strengths in order to position wood as a leading construction material for tomorrow’s sustainable cities. …The event is expected to attract over 1,000 international attendees, including some 20 delegations. …The theme for Woodrise 2019 is “Building our cities for future generations” and has been jointly organized by FPInnovations and Institut technologique FCBA (France). 

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Our wooden future: making cars, skyscrapers and even lasers from wood

By Graham Lawton
New Scientist
March 13, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

…“Wood could be used in cars,” says materials scientist Liangbing Hu at the University of Maryland. He recently received a massive grant to build cars out of high-tech wood, and he doesn’t have the road to himself. Engineers in Japan are also working on a wooden concept car due to be unveiled at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. But cars are just the green shoots of a growing wood revolution. In materials science labs and design studios around the world, people are working on an entire civilisation built from wood. In this future, steel, concrete, plastics and even electronics have been felled by wood. Wooden cars ply streets towered over by wooden skyscrapers with wooden windows. Wooden aeroplanes fly overhead, powered by wooden batteries. People wear wooden clothes and use mobile phones made from wood. It may sound like toy town, but it is deadly serious. [A digital subscription to New Scientist is required to read this full article]

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Langley home of the Fraser Valley’s first ever residential Mass Timber development

By Peter Meiszner
Urban YVR
March 19, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Langley is set to become the home of the Fraser Valley’s first ever residential mass timber development. Legacy on Park Avenue is the first six storey mid-rise project in the Fraser Valley that uses mass timber in the form of Cross Laminated Timber. The Canadian Wood Council has confirmed this is also the very first application in Canada for a CLT Firewall. The project at 204 St. and Park Avenue includes 69 two and three-bedroom condominiums. Construction is underway with completion slated for July 2020. Built by MDM Construction, the project showcases a unique architectural design made possible by the CLT panels… curved balconies.

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The Home Front: Building materials designed with efficiency in mind

By Rebecca Keillor
Vancouver Sun
March 16, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

We hear a lot about different prefabricated homes these days …all designed to make the building process easier, faster and more efficient. It makes sense then that we’re hearing more about prefabricated building materials that are designed to do the same, such as cross-laminated timber or CLT — mass-produced sheets made from a mix of wood (like spruce, pine and fir) and mixed with polyurethane. “Because our process is very digitized, we can do a lot of prefabrication with our robotic equipment in our factory,”  says Hardy Wentzel, CEO of Penticton-based Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation. “So when it gets delivered to a construction site, you’re actually assembling things; you’re not actually having to build things.” …At this stage, CLT is seen as more of a substitute for concrete and steel than wood stick framing, says Bryn Davidson, designer and co-owner of Vancouver’s Lanefab Design/Build.

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BC Government Needs to Make Wood Building Safety a Priority

By The Cement Association of Canada
Cision Newswire
March 18, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER—Further consultations with construction, building materials sectors are urgently needed and no permits should be issued until the National Building Code of Canada has approved recommendations on 12 storey wood buildings located in seismic areas. The Cement Association of Canada expresses surprise at the announcement by the BC government that they would bypass the ongoing 2020 National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) processes and allow municipalities to issue building permits for encapsulated mass timber construction up to 12 storeys. The Building Code review process is not yet complete. Of greatest concern, especially in the context of high seismic zones in BC, is that there are, as of yet, no approved seismic design specifications for 12 storey cross-laminated timber buildings in the 2020 NBCC. …There is a significant amount of evidence available that refutes wood industry claims about tall wood building safety, earthquake resistance, resilient construction and environmental performance that needs to be closely examined in a transparent way.

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More tall wood buildings may be on the way in B.C.

By Joannah Connolly
Business in Vancouver
March 14, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hardy Wentzel

There could soon be a rise – literally – in wooden residential buildings across the province, after the B.C. government announced changes to the provincial Building Code to allow for mass timber structures of up to 12 storeys, up from the previous limit of six storeys. …Hardy Wentzel, CEO of Structurlam, told Glacier Media in a recent interview, “CLT and other forms of mass timber have been used widely for more than two decades in Europe. Although mass timber is a nascent material here in B.C., we’re at a point where we’re seeing a groundswell of product acceptance in the marketplace – and B.C. is at the North American forefront of understanding and proliferation of the product.” …It is theoretically possible to build any height of building out of mass timber, even a skyscraper, said Wentzel – but he believes eight- to 10-storey buildings are the “sweet spot” in terms of what’s needed.

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New Heights: What mass timber construction means for Vancouver Island [VIDEO]

By Tess van Straaten
Chek News
March 14, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tess van Straaten

WATCH: Vancouver Island’s first 12-storey mass timber building touted as faster, cheaper and more environmentally-friendly. But what about safety concerns? Tess van Straaten takes a look. Construction crews are hard at work on two new condo towers in Esquimalt —part of a major building boom in the township. “It’s quite exciting actually, with the number of projects that have come through and been approved,” says Esquimalt mayor Barb Desjardins. One of those projects is Vancouver Island’s first 12-storey mass-timber condo tower. The 83-unit Corvette Landing will be built along Admirals by the entrance to CFB Esquimalt. “Where you had two single family homes, we will have a 12-stories of units so there’s a significant boost to the municipal taxes,” Desjardins says. Projects like this, and the record-breaking 18-storey Brock Commons Tallwood House at UBC, are pushing wood buildings to new heights.

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More tall wood buildings may be on the way in BC

By Joannah Connolly
Business in Vancouver
March 14, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

There could soon be a rise – literally – in wooden residential buildings across the province, after the B.C. government announced changes to the provincial Building Code… “Mass timber technology allows faster construction,”… said housing minister Selina Robinson in the March 13 announcement. “The faster we can deliver the homes that people need, the better for communities right across B.C.” The benefits have already started to be embraced by multi-family residential developers such as Adera Development Corporation. …Its latest such project is Virtuoso, a sold-out six-storey condo and townhome development at UBC’s Westbrook Village that won a Georgie Award on March 9 for Best Multi-Family Mid/High-Rise Residential Building. … Other construction companies are also embracing mass timber, including laneway home builders such as Rockridge Fine Homes. Rockridge is supplied by B.C.’s leading CLT manufacturer Structurlam.

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B.C.’s engineered wood leadership many years in the making

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News in Peace Arch News
March 14, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

For many B.C. residents, their experience with engineered wood construction began in the high school gym. …Since then it has been a steady evolution into cross-laminated panels and other “mass timber” elements, with the latest beam technology featured world-wide in the roof of the vast Richmond speed-skating oval built for the 2010 Winter Olympics. That evolution took another step forward this week, as Premier John Horgan… announce the B.C. building code is being changed from a limit of six storeys for wood construction to 12. …And the U.S. is considering an International Code Council recommendation to allow buildings up to 18 storeys high by 2021. …By 2016, the 18-storey Brock Commons residence at UBC was the talk of Asia. …FPInnovations, a federally-led wood research network with facilities at UBC, assisted with the design of Brock Commons, and the Canadian Wood Council, a national industry group, has funded demonstration projects in Asia. 

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Penticton building manager says more mass timber options a positive

By Tara Bowie
Penticton Western News
March 14, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A building code update allowing up to 12 storey buildings to be made of mass timber will mean less red tape for developers, Penticton’s building manager says. Ken Kunka, building and permitting manager, said the city has an alternative solution process when it comes to those wanting to build outside the building code. “We as a municipality work with engineers and professionals in the alternative solution process, but it’s can be a cumbersome process,” he said. Kunka said the largest mass timber project in the city so far was the new wing at the Lakeside Resort. The “West Wing,” features wood-primary construction in the six-storey, 70-unit expansion. The glulam beams, columns and cross-laminated panels were built and supplied by Structurlam.

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B.C. building code adjusted upwards to allow 12-storey wood buildings

By Dirk Meissner
Canadian Press in the Vancouver Sun
March 13, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The height limit for wooden buildings in B.C. is rising to 12 from six storeys in a move that Premier John Horgan expects to spur development using timber and give the province a head start on other parts of the country. B.C. is changing its building code to allow the construction of taller wood buildings as a safe, economic and environmental alternative to concrete apartments and office buildings, Horgan said Wednesday. B.C.’s building code changes come a year ahead of expected changes in the national building code, which are also expected to increase height limits for wood buildings to 12 storeys… Hardy Wentzel, chief executive officer of Structurlam, said the height change allows the company to continue being an innovator on mass timber products and building designs. …Eric Andreasen, vice-president of sales and marketing at Vancouver building company Adera, welcomed the change, which he said will likely convince more developers to consider wood buildings.

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BC building code will now allow wood buildings to be taller

By Kenneth Chan
The Daily Hive
March 13, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government announced today new changes to the BC building code that will allow the construction of taller wood buildings of 12 storeys — up from the current allowance of six. This landmark change in how taller buildings can be designed comes after years of industry and government-supported research and pilot projects, namely the 174-ft-tall, 18-storey UBC Brock Commons wooden student residence building, which was completed in 2017 and was the world’s tallest wooden building at the time. Such mass timber buildings entail a primary load-bearing structure made of either solid or engineered wood, and encapsulated mass timber is where the mass timber components are surrounded by fire-resident materials like drywall. To meet seismic and fire safety requirements, the bases of such taller wooden buildings are built on a concrete base, and the fire exit stairwell and elevator shafts are also made out of concrete.

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Code changes create jobs, opportunities in B.C. forest communities

By Office of the Premier and Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Government of British Columbia
March 13, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest communities will see more jobs and opportunity from B.C.’s proactive adoption of building code changes that allow the safe construction of taller wood buildings. “Companies like Structurlam are leading the way with innovative engineered wood products that create jobs in the forest sector and opportunity for people in communities throughout B.C.,” said Premier John Horgan. “Changes to the national building code that allow for taller wood buildings take effect next year, but we’re not waiting to get started. Our government is ready to work with communities to build safe, secure and green tall wood buildings that will create jobs, grow B.C.’s value-added sector and realize our low-carbon future.” Eligible local governments throughout B.C. are invited to become early adopters of mass-timber technology for construction of buildings up to 12 storeys, up from the current allowance of six storeys. 

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Canadian Wood Council Commends the Government of British Columbia for Supporting Forest Communities

By Natalie Tarini
Canadian wood Council
March 13, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) applauds the Government of British Columbia’s announcement today in support of opportunities in the province for forest communities and innovative low-carbon solutions such as tall wood construction. “Tall wood construction is one example where the CWC’s mission of expanding market access and increasing the demand for Canadian wood products is recognized through excellence in codes, standards, regulations and education,” explained Rick Jeffery, Interim President of the Canadian WoodCouncil. “Today’s announcement marks the collective technical, research and code efforts from a consortium of industry partners that have worked together to demonstrate that tall wood is a safe, sophisticated and low-carbon building solution.” Advanced construction technologies and modern mass timber products are proving that building tall with wood is not only achievable but also gaining momentum and interest from the design and construction sector – with completed building examples located around the world. 

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UBC plans online wood products management skills training

By Karl Forth
Woodworking Network
March 12, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — The UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing has released its Online Management Skills Training schedule for Spring 2019. Two modules, Quality Management and Control, as well as Sales and Marketing, will be offered starting April 1, 2019. Two additional modules, Business Finance and Investment Evaluation, along with Supply Chain Management, will begin on May 13, 2019. Each module has email and phone support from a tutor. The management training program is in the form of a set of nine short, affordable online training courses for wood products manufacturers. Program development was undertaken by the Wood Manufacturing Council.

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Vancouver approves ‘cellular’ timber building that resembles a honeycomb

Journal of Commerce
March 11, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — The City of Vancouver has approved a 10-storey global headquarters project for Nature’s Path Foods. The mass timber building with a cellular design will be built in East Vancouver on Clark Drive …the building will be 10 storeys with a total floor area of 167,492-square-feet. …Martin Nielson, the architect on the project, designed it with the company’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2020 in mind. …The project will also be entirely made of wood above the second floor, as the company stated it is important to support the B.C. economy as well as renewable, carbon sequestering material. Plans suggest using a perimeter timber brace frame to free up the core and provide transparency. It will have glazed exit stairs and thermally isolated balconies that are pinned to the building but self supported.

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OSBlock is an interesting inside-out building system

By Lloyd Alter
Treehugger
March 11, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s like a cookie with the filling on the outside. While wandering among the hot tubs and Vita-Mixers at the National Home Show in Toronto, I came upon Philippe Paul and OSBlock, a really interesting structural system invented and manufactured in Quebec. Basically, it is a sandwich of two layers of expanded polystyrene foam with a filling of four layers of Oriented Strand board (OSB) 12″ high by 8′ long. Just stack them up and you have an instant R-32 wall. Want more insulation? Just stick it on the outside. Most importantly, there are no thermal bridges, one of the major sources of heat loss in buildings. It is sort of an inside-out Structural Insulated Panel, with the wood on the inside and the foam on the outside. … The elimination of thermal bridging might make it useful for Passivhaus construction.

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Resilient farm building design could minimize damage and loss

By Angela Gismondi
The Daily Commercial News
March 11, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Randy Drysdale

With the increasing number of fires occurring in farm buildings, insurance companies are urging constructors to consider resilient design. “What we would like to do as a group of insurance companies, we would like to have some say in how buildings are built,” said Randy Drysdale, assistant vice-president of loss control and technical development for Farm Mutual Reinsurance. …“What we would like to see is resilient design incorporated when a structure is rebuilt. …Things to consider include compartmentalization, fire-rated assemblies, fire stops, fire dampers, sprinklers and control devices inside the barns. “Really the barns are built to burn. They are organized kindling,” Drysdale stated. “There are combustible materials, wood frame, unprotected structures, generally too far away from fire halls to have the fire department make a big difference.” 

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Billion dollar baby: New builds down but home renovation industry thriving in Newfoundland and Labrador

By Jeremy Eaton
CBC News
March 9, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Victoria Belbin

It’s no secret the once red hot economy, which saw trucks fly off car lots and new homes rise faster than Nan’s homemade bread, has cooled considerably in recent years in Newfoundland and Labrador. But while people are hesitant to build a new house, they are quite content to fix up what they already own. “New home starts are down but the renovation and repair sector is thriving — it’s still a billion dollar industry,” the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of N.L.’s CEO Victoria Belbin said. …”We call it the HGTV effect,” Belbin said …”We’re promoting the finger joint,” said Mike Stevenson, a Brunswick Valley Lumber employee who represents Sexton Lumber. …Stevenson believes Sexton Lumber is only place in the province making this product. Finger jointing required specialized equipment shipped in from Europe to make it.

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US Green Building Council Releases New Timber Traceability LEED Credit

US Green Building Council
March 19, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Washington, DC – The U.S. Green Building Council announced a new LEED pilot credit designed to increase transparency in timber supply chains and reduce the risk of illegally harvested wood entering the buildings industry supply chain. The Timber Traceability LEED pilot credit is designed to up efforts to eliminate the use of illegal wood in buildings. …Mahesh Ramanujam, president & CEO… “Forests play an incredibly important part of a healthy functioning planet and this pilot credit enables LEED, which typically rewards performance that demonstrates leadership, to catalyze market activity focused on curbing illegal activity in the buildings industry.” The development of the pilot credit was led by a team… including the Environmental Investigation Agency and World Wildlife Fund. Major wood products importing countries have adopted legislation… examples include the U.S. Lacey Act and the European Union Timber Regulation. 

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When is wood not really wood?

By David Malone
Building Design + Construction
March 12, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Wood has been used as a building material for structures, tools, and weapons for hundreds of thousands of years. …Now, the next evolution of wood can be seen on the scientific horizon. A group of researchers from Columbia University has created “digital wood” through the use of 3D-printing, while another group of researchers from several universities—including the University of Pennsylvania… have created “metallic wood.” In a study published by the researchers from Columbia University (bit.ly/2WKMFye)… is a 3D print a substance that resembles real wood. …The researchers say the workflow can be used in the digital replication of objects with complex internal patterns that are currently impossible to manufacture. In a separate study, researchers created “metallic wood” that… Like the digital wood, isn’t really wood at all. It is actually a nano-structured cellular material… as strong as titanium, but four to five times lighter.

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CNC machining debut for CLT wood building construction

By Bill Esler
Woodworking Network
March 18, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. – At the International Mass Timber Conference, SCM is outlining its state-of-the-art technological solutions, including a new CNC machining center for the timber construction industry. SCM says it has been working within this sector over the past 10 years… This has led to state-of-the-art technological solutions, says SCM, including Oikos X, a new CNC machining center for manufacturing structural beams, X-lam/CLT wall panels, and insulating panels. During that time its technology has matured for wood construction as it gained an in-depth knowledge of industry demands, and carried on intense R&D work. …The technology will be unveiled at the International Mass Timber Conference, which runs March 19-21 in Portland, Oregon to examine the new face of mass timber construction.

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Swinerton Announces New Swinerton Mass Timber Business Group

By Swinterton
PR Newswire in Benzinga
March 18, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO — Swinerton is proud to announce that it has officially launched Swinerton Mass Timber, a new business unit dedicated to building projects using mass timber technology. The Swinerton Mass Timber team will pursue new projects that are being developed with mass timber, and the team will evaluate other project opportunities to determine mass timber solutions. Swinerton Mass Timber experts will shape the paths for delivering financially-viable mass timber structures, working with project teams and key partners across the nation to develop, design and deliver mass timber buildings. “Swinerton Mass Timber represents our commitment to shaping the future of building. Utilizing this technology, we know mass timber will help us build more quickly, more safely, and deliver the most cost-efficient structures in markets nationwide,” said CEO Jeff Hoopes.

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Study sees potential for area to profit from new type of wood construction

International Falls Journal
March 18, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Minnesota’s strong commercial market, accessibility to supply chain and opportunities for economic impact are highlighted in a recently completed study, “The Economic Feasibility of Mass Timber Manufacturing in Minnesota.” The study, commissioned by the Area Partnership for Economic Expansion, or APEX, …suggests that Minnesota has great potential to introduce mass timber manufacturing in the Arrowhead region. …The study also examined Minnesota’s capacity to build a mass timber manufacturing facility in the Arrowhead Region. Study results show that building a mid-sized manufacturing facility in northern Minnesota would bring: 50 new (direct) jobs, $11.7M in industry sales, $6.2M in labor income, 45 new (indirect) jobs, Total Output: $20.3M. Every mass timber manufacturing job in the state of Minnesota would support 0.9 jobs in related industries, potentially creating a total of 45 new jobs.

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Minnesota ‘perfect’ for mass timber manufacturer

By Brooks Johnson
Duluth News Tribune
March 16, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Minnesota is fertile ground to plant a new kind of timber company, according to a study whose backers hope to lure such a manufacturer to the state. Mass timber, a type of building material big in Europe and gaining in popularity for commercial projects in the U.S., could bring 50 good-paying jobs, more business and stability for sawmills and access to greener construction supplies for the region, according to the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Minnesota Duluth, which is releasing its study Monday. …In looking at the demand for mass timber, specifically cross-laminated timber or CLT, the report found that while building codes and lack of experience with the material could make it slow to catch on, benefits include “speed and ease of constructing modular systems, durability and strength, lower costs and the opportunity for a green alternative to traditional construction materials.”

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CLT for the masses

By Joseph Gallivan
The Business Tribune
March 14, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, OR — Billed as the largest gathering of cross-laminated timber and other mass timber experts in the world, the International Mass Timber Conference is coming to Portland next week. With more than 1,200 experts from 22 countries expected to attend the conference (March 19-21). …The keynote speaker on Thursday is Paul Williamson, Managing Director, Modular Housing for Swan Housing in the U.K. …Swan designs modular two-story houses and some apartments which are built in a factory in Basildon, Essex, just east of London. Swan is a housing association, which in the U.K. provides low-cost social housing for people in need of a home.

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Trendy timber at chic Waterfront Vancouver?

By Allan Brettman
The Columbian
March 10, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

In its brief existence, The Waterfront Vancouver has offered an urban development few could have thought possible in Vancouver. … It makes sense then that one of those blocks may one day be the home of a construction style that is the hot new thing. The Trestle, as it’s been named, would be built on the development’s Block 14 with mass timber construction, employing all-wood structural components and rising to a height that would make it the tallest wood building in the United States, at least for now. The apartment house would be the latest in a line of other wood structures built by its Portland-based architecture firm. …As associate director of the Tall Wood Institute at Oregon State University, Iain Macdonald is particularly evangelical about mass timber construction. Before joining the institute in 2016, Macdonald led the Centre for Advanced Wood Products at the University of British Columbia for 10 years.

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Are Iowa City apartments safe?

By Anna Banerjee
The Daily Iowan
March 14, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

…Justin Fox recently published an interesting project in Bloomberg titled, “Why America’s New Apartment Buildings All Look the Same.” …Except these aesthetic concerns are only the very beginning of the problems that these apartment complexes pose. Yes, they’re ugly, but are they even safe? Fox reports that stick framing… can pose major concerns in terms of fire safety for these apartment types. …The dangers of stick-framing were further extrapolated in the Fox piece. He cited the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which was devastating because of the wood-framing used throughout thousands of buildings. This type of construction is dangerous if it comes into contact with situations such as a large fire. That it is so prevalent in construction across the country, and in Iowa City, is a cause for concern.

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University of Arkansas residence hall to open on time, on budget

By Jeff Della Rosa
Talk Business & Politics
March 13, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The nearly $79 million Stadium Drive Residence Halls under construction east of Bud Walton Arena are on budget and will open before the move-in period starts Aug. 17, said Christopher Spencer, assistant director for marketing and strategic communications for University Housing at the University of Arkansas. …This is the first large-scale mass timber residence hall project in the United States, and Ashley Rao of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, said constructing the structure with cross-laminated timber and glulam beams and columns cost about 3.5% more than if steel were used in their place. University officials chose to use CLT because it comes from “sustainably sourced trees” and is “less environmentally impactful than traditional materials like steel and concrete,” Spencer said. Also, timber is a large industry in Arkansas, and the hope is the project would serve as a “showcase for what timber products could be used for in the state.”

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Nation’s Top Green College Plans a New Green Building

By Scott Gibson
Green Building Advisor
March 13, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The … number one green college in the U.S. has announced plans for a new campus center that will be built to the German Passivhaus standard… In a news release, the College of the Atlantic said that the 29,000-square-foot Center for Human Ecology will be a multipurpose teaching and gathering space. …Key to the design is the use of mass timber components to replace concrete and steel, a move that will substantially lower the carbon footprint of the $13 million project. …“It’s mostly nominal lumber, but a large portion of the structure is mass timber framing, glue-laminated beams, with a deliberate attempt to move away from steel and concrete as a construction method,” GO Logic Project Architect Tim Lock said. …Substituting glulam beams for steel and concrete provided a significant drop in embodied carbon and also beat steel and concrete in cost by a “fair margin.” 

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Apartment fire reignites concerns over materials used by builders

By Nathan Morabito
WCNC News
March 12, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As arson investigators try to track down suspects in two separate Charlotte apartment complex fires, the city’s fire chief said he’s concerned about the material crews are using to build the massive apartments taking over Charlotte’s landscape. “It is worrisome to me,” Chief Reginald Johnson said. “Now, we have a five-story wood framed apartment that we really need to be concerned about. Those fires can get pretty big in short order.” Our Defenders investigation raised similar concerns nearly a year ago about apartments made of wood frame that could fuel massive fires in highly populated areas. The fire chief said CFD is now reviewing its procedures to make sure firefighters are fully capable of responding to that kind of fire. …The fire inspector said the biggest concern is when crews are in the construction phase.

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Timber Trade Federation and Wood Protection Association partnership to strengthen UK treated wood market

The Timber Trade Journal
March 20, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and the Wood Protection Association (WPA) are joining forces under a strategic partnership agreement aimed at strengthening the UK market for treated wood. The agreement focuses both organisations on working together to tackle the “priority actions” that came out of an industry survey in 2017/18. These are: tackling a general failure of buyers to specify pre-treated wood correctly; improve user awareness about how to install and use pre-treated wood correctly; and build confidence in the performance of treated wood through independent verification of treatment quality. “This strategic agreement is based on a mutual desire of the TTF and WPA boards to work more closely on matters of common interest,” said TTF managing director Dave Hopkins. …Both organisations will continue to operate as independent trade associations.

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New Arup report advocates use of timber to help tackle climate change

By Andy Walker
Infrastructure Intelligence
March 19, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Arup has launched its Rethinking Timber Buildings report aimed at accelerating the construction industry’s response to reducing global emissions and achieving net zero carbon buildings by using sustainable materials.  The report, which highlights the time and efficiency savings that can result from the use of mass timber as a sustainable and safe alternative to more commonly used materials, says that architects, developers, planners and corporate organisations should consider mass timber when designing low and mid-rise buildings. The move could form a vital step towards tackling some of the challenges that the construction industry faces when designing and building cities amid rapid levels of urbanisation and human population growth. The report highlights the key considerations in timber construction… Sustainable and zero-carbon… Faster and quieter… Reduced waste… Mass timber is also attractive… Fire safety.

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New Arup report advocates use of timber to help tackle climate change

By Andy Walker
Infrastructure Intelligence
March 19, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Arup has launched its Rethinking Timber Buildings report aimed at accelerating the construction industry’s response to reducing global emissions and achieving net zero carbon buildings by using sustainable materials.  The report, which highlights the time and efficiency savings that can result from the use of mass timber as a sustainable and safe alternative to more commonly used materials, says that architects, developers, planners and corporate organisations should consider mass timber when designing low and mid-rise buildings.   The move could form a vital step towards tackling some of the challenges that the construction industry faces when designing and building cities amid rapid levels of urbanisation and human population growth. …Andrew Lawrence, timber specialist at Arup, said: “Timber is our only 100% renewable building material. …We know that more can be done to embed sustainable practices into design and construction and our approach can help both our clients and Arup to deliver on this.”

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Is CLT a game changer for construction and forestry?

By Fredrik Reuter
Forestry.com
March 17, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

GRUMS, SWEDEN — Generally speaking, we’ve seen in a trend where the forest industry has made big bucks on paper for the crapper while timber has been step-motherly cut in bulk, with numbers in the red. We have brought this up on numerous occasions – our area (Nordic) is too small to compete in bulk on the world market, and to lower the age for final felling and fertilize could be a motto from the pulp industry that could harm the industry long-term. …Today we were invited by Stora Enso to a press showcase of the new CLT factory in Grums, Sweden, located next to the Gruvön sawmill. …But oh how wrong I was! …The investment in CLT means that Stora Enso as a company will be competing with the concrete industry, primarily in prefabricated houses.

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Bubble trouble: AmorePacific turns to paper packaging to strengthen sustainability standards

By Amanda Lim
Cosmetics Design Asia
March 18, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

South Korean beauty conglomerate AmorePacific has pledged to use paper packaging over bubble wrap, in response to consumer concerns over plastic waste and its environmental damage. The new eco-friendly packaging materials, geami and papillon, are shock-friendly despite being made of paper. It took months of research and testing before the company found the right eco-friendly materials for the job According to AmorePacific, the paper packaging costs two to three times more than traditional bubble wrap and adds more time to the packaging process. The firm said such disadvantages did not matter as long as it benefitted the environment. 

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Tall Buildings Council Dubs New Tallest Timber Building

By Nadine Post
Engineering News-Record
March 14, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has dubbed the 85.4-meter Mjøstårnet, in Brumunddal, Norway, as the world’s tallest timber building. At the same time, the group amended the official guidelines to measure and rank building height – to recognize timber as a structural material. The update was prompted by the recent uptick of tall timber buildings currently under construction or in planning around the world. …According to the revised criteria, “both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning system must be constructed from timber.” An “all-timber” structure may include the use of localized non-timber connections between timber elements. A hybrid building of timber construction with a floor system of concrete planks, or concrete slab on top of timber beams, is still considered a timber structure.

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Lendlease puts CLT plans on hold amid regulation uncertainty

By Jordan Marshall
Building UK
March 13, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

UK – Lendlease’s design and technical boss has said the firm is avoiding the use of cross-laminated timber due to uncertainty in the building regulations. Lucy Homer, Lendlease’s general manager for design and technical, said the firm – which built 2016 Stirling prize-shortlisted Trafalgar Place at Elephant and Castle from CLT, told Building: “We are not currently pursuing CLT projects. Technically it should still be feasible to use but from a risk perspective we have taken that decision.” Homer said the company is waiting for the Building Regulations to be clarified regarding the use of CLT in the wake of last year’s combustible materials ban. …The use of CLT in the construction of external walls of buildings over 18m was in effect outlawed when the government revealed details of its combustible materials ban last November.

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Ennead Designs New Nature Reserve and Public Aquarium in China

By Eric Baldwin
Arch Daily
March 12, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

CHINA — Ennead Architects has won the international design competition to design the new Shanghai Yangtze River Estuary Nature Preserve in China. Located on an island at the mouth of the Yangtze River, the design was made to raise public awareness around the impact of pollution and construction. The nature reserve aims to rescue critically endangered species and restore biodiversity while allowing visitors to immerse themselves in a natural setting outside the dense urban core of Shanghai. …The project features undulating and fluid forms that take cues from the rippling surface of the river and the iconic landscape of the Upper Yangtze. Curving wooden structural ribs radiate around a central spine that joins the three wings of the building into a singular unified expression.

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World’s first mass plywood panel approved for 18-story buildings

By Drew Zeiba
The Architects Newspaper
March 19, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building

Located in Lyons, Oregon, Freres Lumber has been in business for nearly a century. After starting out producing standard lumber projects, the company moved into wood veneers some 60 years ago and in 1998 purchased a plywood plant. Now, its made another step: getting U.S. and Canadian patents on its mass plywood panel, the first veneer-based mass timber panel in the world, and fire approvals to build up to 18 stories high with the panel. …The mass plywood panel has already been put to the test on a smaller scale. …The company has also seen its product used in larger projects. Oregon State University’s new Peavy Hall, a forestry science center designed by Michael Green Architecture, featured Freres Lumber’s product on the roof, while the nearby A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory shows off the panels on its interior and exterior walls. 

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