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Wood Design & Building Award Winners Announced

By Eric Baldwin
Arch Daily
January 24, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Etienne Lalonde

Wood Design & Building Magazine has announced the winning projects for this year’s Awards program. Launched in 1984, the awards program recognizes and celebrates the work of visionaries around the world who inspire excellence in wood architecture. …The Wood Design & Building awards program is an opportunity to pay homage to design and construction teams that are embracing wood architecture as a solution to the many challenges that they are faced with – from environmental to urban density. “The Wood Design & Building Awards program provides a platform to acknowledge the strides that have been made for wood architecture over the years, as well as an opportunity to celebrate the omnipresence of wood in architecture around the world.” explained Etienne Lalonde, Vice-President of Market Development for the Canadian Wood Council. “The range of submissions, from the smallest wood installation to the largest building, displayed a sophistication and innovation that is celebrating in our evolving wood industry.”

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Builders Increasingly Focusing on High-Performance Building Practices

NAHB Now
January 21, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Home builders across the country are prioritizing high-performance building practices in their projects, regardless of whether they consider the home they are building to be “green,” according to new research. The latest in a series of studies conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics, finds that almost all builders are incorporating energy-efficient practices and over two-thirds are using practices designed to improve indoor air quality and water efficiency. …However… lack of market demand was cited as the top reason why many companies are not ramping up their green building. Nearly half (42%) of single-family and almost one-third (31%) of multifamily builders reported doing no green projects at all. …However, 70% of single-family home builders believe that their customers will pay more for a green home, suggesting that many home buyers understand the benefits of green.

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Wood Design & Building Award Winners Announced

The Canadian Wood Council
January 16, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Ottawa, ON – The Wood Design & Building Magazine has announced the winning projects from the coveted Wood Design & Building Awards program. Launched in 1984, the awards program recognizes and celebrates the outstanding work of visionaries around the world who inspire excellence in wood architecture.  Submissions were thoughtful in design and execution; weaving wood architecture into the surrounding landscape in a complimentary and often symbiotic way. The awards program is a unique opportunity to pay homage to design and construction teams that are embracing wood architecture… “The awards program provides a platform to acknowledge the strides that have been made for wood architecture over the years, as well as an opportunity to celebrate the omnipresence of wood in architecture around the world.” explained Etienne Lalonde, Vice-President of Market Development for the Canadian Wood Council.

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Wood Spotlight: Research begins to show wellness with wood

By Matthew Harty
Journal of Commerce
January 27, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Built over twenty years ago, the Forest Sciences Centre at the University of British Columbia —with its soaring, timber-framed atrium and tree-like wood columns supporting a massive skylight—is the closest thing you’ll find to an indoor forest canopy. David Fell, former research leader at FPInnovations, sees this building designed by DGBK Architects as “the ultimate relaxed environment.” The popularity of the almost entirely wood space, filled with natural light and finished with Douglas-fir and bigleaf maple veneer, inspired Fell to dig a little deeper. In 2010, he launched a study to investigate the health benefits of wood in the built indoor environment. In the last few decades, studies have shown that exposure to nature can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and stress levels, while cognitive performance, concentration skills, and even creativity are seen to improve. Nonetheless, Canadians spend as little as 6 percent of their time outdoors.

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Stunning Inglewood mixed-use project wins prestigious design award

By Andrea Cox
The Montreal Gazette
January 27, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A mixed-use residential project design, slated for… Calgary’s historic Inglewood community, is garnering significant attention, winning an architectural Award of Merit in the prestigious Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence, a national awards program established in 1967, recognizing projects in the design stage. …The design includes a cast-in-place concrete, three-storey commercial podium, topped with cross-laminated timber residential floors, all wrapped in a wood diagrid. The building twists as it rises, stepping back from the podium to make room for the century-old brick clad CIBC bank building. …The structure utilizes a mass timber grid, lessening the building’s carbon footprint — mass timber is touted as being one of the most environmentally friendly building materials. …The project is still in the concept stages with a land use application pending.

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Province to allow 12-storey buildings made of wood

CBC News
January 24, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kaycee Madu & Kent Fargey

Alberta will allow construction of 12-storey buildings using engineered wood starting this spring in advance of the new National Building Code that will be published later this year. The announcement was made in Edmonton by Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu and industry representatives who say the technology is safe. Kent Fargey, president of Western Archrib, an Edmonton firm, said the product, also known as mass timber or tall wood, performs better in a fire than an exposed steel beam. …Alberta currently allows the construction of wood buildings up to six storeys. The height of buildings using engineered wood will double under the building code changes. The provincial government heralded the announcement as an initiative to “reduce red tape” that will create jobs in the construction and forestry industries. 

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Edmonton sees affordable housing opportunity with new provincial building code

By Scott Johnston
Global News
January 27, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Michael Green

In its efforts to build more affordable housing, City of Edmonton staff will find their dollars will go a little further after the province changed the building code for wood-building construction. Instead of limiting construction to six storeys, use of fire-resistant material will now be allowed for 12 storeys. …“Not only will this decision support the forestry industry and land developers, it will provide affordability to homebuyers, bolster employment and give Alberta a competitive advantage,” he said. Christel Kjenner, Edmonton’s director for housing, said that wood construction is considerably cheaper than concrete. …While calling it a good policy move for other reasons, she said that so far, no affordable housing buildings over six storeys have been built in Edmonton.

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Forest Industry Applauds Government for Facilitating Tall Wood Construction

Alberta Forest Products Association
January 24, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) and Wood WORKS! Alberta congratulate the Government of Alberta for becoming the first jurisdiction in Canada to permit 12 storey wood buildings province-wide. This change raises the permissible limit for wood buildings in Alberta from 6 to 12 storeys. “The Government of Alberta is to be commended for taking action to promote Alberta jobs and support local business,” said Paul Whittaker, President and CEO of the AFPA. “By becoming a leader in wood construction, we are adding value to our resources right here. We are also creating public spaces and homes that Albertans will cherish for generations.” “This is a tremendous step forward for Alberta,” said Rory Koska, Program Director for Wood WORKS! Alberta. “With the innovations in wood construction, building taller with mass wood will provide an economic and environmentally responsible option for builders and developers. This announcement will bring an exciting change to the architectural landscape across Alberta.”

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Wood highrises of nine, 12 storeys planned for Kelowna

By Ron Seymour
The Kelowna Daily Courier
January 21, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A nine-storey, seniors-oriented wood building proposed for Benvoulin Road would be double what current height limits for the site allow. But the developer is asking for an exemption, in part, because the wood tower — permissible under new building regulations — would be cheaper to build than a conventional concrete tower. As a result, the developer says, the 122 proposed suites could be rented at below going-market rents to low-income seniors. “This format of construction will allow us to build with sustainable, locally harvested and readily available materials,” said architect Paul Schuster… “This will help reduce construction times and allow us to use local trades, when we would normally have to use speciality trades for highrise construction,” Schuster says. …“The interest in wood as a viable structural material for tall buildings is gaining more and more momentum and interest by architects and engineers all over the world,” architect Robert Cesnik

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UBC opens newly renovated and expanded $91-million Life Sciences building

By Kenneth Chan
The Daily Hive
January 17, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Another phase of construction has reached completion on the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Biological Sciences Centre, now formally known as the Undergraduate Life Sciences Teaching Laboratories. …The complex of new and renovated buildings form a quadrangle, framing the new and expanded inner courtyard. A gateway entrance into the complex and courtyard from Martha Piper Plaza features a fully glazed cantilevered lounge and a sheltered wood soffit beneath the structure. …Exterior facade elements of the building feature a biophilic design inspired by the biosciences program, incorporating frit patterns on glazing modelled on stem cell image and natural details such as the patterns on dragonfly wings. Additionally, new building systems that improve the complex’s energy efficiency could provide the project with a LEED Gold green building certification.

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United Conservative Party government to ease restrictions on wooden buildings in Alberta

By Michael Franklin
CTV News
January 25, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

CALGARY — Construction companies will be able to go twice as high with new wooden buildings in the province, thanks to the United Conservative Party government’s decision to change the building code.  Currently, Alberta and national building codes only allow wood-building construction projects to reach six storeys, but the new code, expected to come into effect later this year, will increase that to 12 storeys. Officials say Alberta is the first province in the country to allow the practice province-wide.  “Not only will this decision support the forestry industry and land developers, it will provide affordability to homebuyers, bolster employment, and give Alberta a competitive advantage,” said Kaycee Madu, Alberta’s minister of municipal affairs in a release.  Madu says the buildings will also meet all necessary standards.

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Could you grow your own … table?

By Mark Cullen
The Toronto Star
January 23, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Take woodworking, for instance. The logical place to find the raw material is, of course, at a lumber store. But what if you grew your own? Consider the trees we have lost — such as the 8 per cent of Toronto’s tree canopy that was devoured by emerald ash borer. Can we salvage it and put it to other uses? The answers are yes, and yes. You can grow our own wood, if you have the real estate. And there is still dried ash available for woodworking. First, if you choose to grow your own, you will require some patience. Bruce Thompson, author of “Black Walnut for Profit,” estimates that a stand of 250, 30-year-old black walnut trees growing on one acre will generate about $100,000 (U.S.).

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Building timber cities to protect the climate

By Stephen Leahy
The Hill
January 27, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

An 18-story apartment building in Brumunddal, Norway, is not only the world’s tallest timber building, it’s also the world’s tallest carbon dioxide sink. …This matters because an enormous number of new buildings will be built as there will be 2.3 billion more people living in urban areas by 2050. If these future buildings are made of concrete and steel they may use up 20 percent of our remaining carbon budget to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, according to a study in the journal Nature. However, if most of these new buildings are made from wood they could store close to 700 million tons of CO2 every year. …The study used complex simulation modeling to determine that there is enough wood resources available… to construct 90 percent of future buildings out of timber. Deforestation is almost entirely driven by clearing land for agriculture and for fuel.

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Building High-Rises Out of Wood Can Help Save the Planet

By Matt Simon
WIRED
January 27, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…As our planet continues to spiral into a climate catastrophe, architects have in recent years taken notice to wood’s virtues… building high-rises up to 275 feet tall out of newfangled wooden materials… And today, in the journal Nature Sustainability, a team of environmental scientists and architects have quantified how powerful wooden urban buildings could be in mitigating climate change. …Galina Churkina, an environmental scientist at Yale University said, “we were able to quantify emissions and carbon storage, and we were also able to show that there is enough wood for the transition to timber cities.” They found that if living standards continue to rise and people demand more space, and we keep constructing buildings from concrete and steel, the associated emissions could reach 600 million tons a year by 2050. But construction of timber buildings for new urban dwellers could store up to 680 million tons of carbon a year.

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Mass Timber’s Expanding Presence in the Commercial Building Industry

By Beth Mattson-Teig
Urban Land Magazine
January 23, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Bill Parsons

Developers around the world who were first movers on buildings that use mass timber … are seeing a growing wave of projects lining up before them. The regulatory environment is adapting while the business model for use of mass timber is expanding across property types. In the United States, modern mass timber development that started in public-sector projects is gaining traction in the private sector with growing end-user demand, modernization of building codes, and improved North American manufacturing suppliers among the contributing factors. “As an organization that provides technical support to developers and design teams, we’ve seen firsthand the incredible interest in mass timber,” said Bill Parsons, vice president of operations for WoodWorks–Wood Products Council and a ULI Greenprint innovation partner. …“We have seen 45 percent year-over-year growth in the number of mass timber projects. These projects are in areas where wood traditionally isn’t being used, such as large offices and university projects,” said Parsons.  

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A smashing history of how tennis rackets evolved from wood to fibre and changed the game

By Thomas Allen
Scroll.in
January 21, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament, was founded in 1877. …Through the application of advanced engineering, the tennis racquet has changed considerably since these early competitions. Early tennis racquets borrowed their design from the older sport of real tennis, an early racket sport dating back to around the 16th century and played by the rich and elite. …These soon disappeared as tennis developed as a sport in its own right. Symmetrical racket frames were becoming commonplace by the time of the first Australian Open. Most manufacturers continued to make their racquets from wood until the 1960s, with few other design developments seen. …Researchers have calculated that a player could serve the ball around 17.5% faster using a modern racquet.

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National Wood Flooring Assn Accepting Submissions for Wood Floor of the Year Contest

Floor Daily
January 21, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

St. Louis, MO – The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) 2020 Wood Floor of the Year contest is now open for submissions. The period closes at 5:00 p.m. CST on March 6. The contest was developed to encourage and recognize innovative craftsmanship and design in wood flooring installations.  Winners will be announced during the 2020 NWFA Wood Flooring Expo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The NWFA’s Wood Floor of the Year (WFOY) awards were developed to encourage and recognize innovative craftsmanship and design in wood flooring installations. Since the program began in 1990, more than 200 awards have been presented to NWFA member companies throughout the world. Non-members are now welcome to submit entries to the NWFA’s Wood Floor of the Year awards. 

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APA Publishes Updated Engineered Wood Construction Guide

About APA – The Engineered Wood Association
January 17, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The updated APA Engineered Wood Construction Guide, Form E30, is now available on APA’s website. First published in 1962, it has become the authoritative guide to building engineered wood floors, walls and roofs. The 100-page guide features information on engineered wood products and recommendations for their use in a wide range of applications in residential and commercial construction. It includes illustrations and information on typical specifications for engineered wood products and design recommendations for floor, wall and roof systems, diaphragms, shear walls, fire-rated systems and finishing methods. A free electronic copy of the guide may be downloaded, or a printed format may be purchased for $12 from http://www.apawood.org/resource-library.  

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Firefighters say new homes burn quicker, faster than older ones

Madison O’Brien
WAND17
January 22, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Springfield Fire Department said with changes in home-building, people now have less time to escape a house fire. Captain Paul Byers said synthetic materials used to build new homes burn faster and hotter than the materials found in older homes. “It’s called light-weight construction,” Byers said. “In an older home, it’d be a solid board and now, they’ve gone to what is called an engineered truss. It’s a 2×2 on the top, 2×2 on the bottom and some kind of material in-between there.” According to Byers, furniture and fabrics inside the home can also contribute to a fire spreading. …Project Manager with Buraski Builders, Larry Fisher, said materials used in homes have changed over the years. “We have insulation, which is fire retardant, and we use dry wall, which is a fire retardant,” Fisher said. “My thought is, the newer homes are safer.” 

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Technology that destroys pests in wood moves closer to commercialization

By Amy Duke of Penn State
The Woodworking Network
January 27, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania. – A technology that uses dielectric heating and radio frequency energy to destroy destructive pests lurking within wood products is closer to reaching the marketplace after a recent commercial trial at Penn State’s University Park campus. The demonstration validated the effectiveness and cost efficiency of the radio frequency, or RF, technology for pallet sanitation. The treatment offers enhanced ability to terminate wood insect and nematode pests compared to conventional heat practices, noted Mark Gagnon… in the College of Agricultural Sciences. …While the technology has undergone numerous tests… the research team needs third-party validation and assistance with developing operational protocols to make its innovation “mill ready.” To that end, the scientists are working on a bilateral agreement with the U.S. and Canadian lumber standard accreditation committees.

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Columbia Property Trust’s DC Building to Expand

By Laura Calugar
The Commercial Property Executive
January 23, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Columbia Property Trust plans to begin work on a 105,000-square-foot vertical expansion of 80 M Street, a 286,000-square-foot office building in D.C.’s Capitol Riverfront District. Following the addition of two new floors and a habitable penthouse, 80 M Street will become the first commercial office building in D.C. to feature mass timber. The expansion project comes less than three years after the building underwent a $3 million renovation process. Located adjacent to the home of world champion Washington Nationals, 80 M Street is a Class A, seven-story office property built in 2001. …Both floors will feature 16-foot ceiling heights and 12-foot-high windows, which allow for more light to penetrate the space. Moreover, plans also call for exposed ceilings, polished concrete floors and outdoor spaces.

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As Ascent begins, mass timber industry has an eye on Milwaukee tower project

By Bobby Tanzilo
OnMilwaukee
January 21, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

It seems almost counterintuitive, doesn’t it, to build with wood? After all, when steel and reinforced concrete came on the scene, we thought we’d solved the problem of fires and of limitations on height. Steel and concrete would set us free. And it did. One look at a major city skyline is all you need as proof. So why is mass timber construction all the rage now? …We asked Tim Gokhman, managing director of New Land Enterprises …New Land expects to break ground on the 23-story, 248-foot Ascent residential tower in spring and at the moment that would make it the tallest mass timber structure in North America. …The tower will start with a seven-story concrete parking structure (with 8,000 square feet of street-level retail and an elevated indoor/outdoor pool) as a base. Then, with the exception of concrete elevator and stair shafts, the top 16 floors will consist of 230 apartments built entirely of wood.

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Architectural Education and the Future of Wood

By Blaine Brownell
Architect Magazine
January 20, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

ARKANSAS — With recent advances in wood engineering, enthusiasm for minimizing the embodied carbon of construction has led to increased interest in mass timber. Growing demand for wood products has motivated the transformation of pulp mills to bioproducts mills—factories that make holistic use of trees for a variety of industries, including textiles and packaging. Today, the range of wood products and fabrication processes available is unprecedented, and thus invites increased scrutiny and creative experimentation by architects and designers. A noteworthy example is the Future of Wood studio at the University of Arkansas. …While wood-focused design-build investigations are common in academia, the Future of Wood uniquely focuses almost exclusively on fine wood particles as raw feedstock for new material constructions. By working with wood flour, sawdust, and various adhesives and fillers, the students effectively crafted their own engineered wood products.

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Trex Heats Up Outdoor Living With New Fire & Water Collection

By Trex Company
Yahoo Finance
January 16, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

WINCHESTER, Va.,  — The already ‘hot’ outdoor living category is about to get even hotter! Trex Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, and leader in high-performance, low-maintenance outdoor living products, announces the launch of Trex® Outdoor Fire & Water, a collection of stylish and durable outdoor fire features, water elements and decorative planters. The new products will be officially unveiled later this month at the 2020 International Builders’ Show (IBS). “Trex Outdoor Fire & Water is a natural extension of our ever-expanding product portfolio,” said Adam Zambanini, president of Trex Residential Products. “The pieces in this new collection are ideal complements to our high-performance decking and lend ambiance and style to create an ultimate outdoor oasis.”

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Five Stories Tall and Made of Wood

By C.J. Hughes
The New York Times
January 17, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Exposed wood may be a familiar sight in some 19th-century buildings in New York City. …the only timber that is visible in a near-natural state is on the floor. But Frame Home, a new Manhattan-based development firm, is trying to change that. …First, Frame Home had to address the city’s fears about using a form of engineered wood for its residential buildings that is typically banned by the building code over concerns about its strength in relation to fires. But the company was granted an exception to the code. …While wood can be pricier than concrete, labor costs can be much less, developers say. In fact, because Frame 283’s cross-laminated timber arrived in prefabricated sections, it took only about two weeks to put up its main structure.

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London’s first Timber Technology masters launched in response to growing demand

By Alison Carter
World Architecture News
January 27, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Cass at London Metropolitan University is launching the capital’s first postgraduate programme in Timber Technology. This will address key skills shortages in the architecture and construction sectors, stimulate economic growth, and respond to the growing demand for sustainable building. …Research from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Timber Industry has identified timber as a potential solution to the housing crisis facing the country… In June 2019, Architecture’s Subject Standards Board RIBA declared a ‘climate emergency’ …As the only widely available construction material that allows for carbon negative construction, timber will be central to future sustainable development of London, the UK and internationally, with many local authorities establishing a ‘timber first’ approach to planning policy as part of a series of moves towards a green economy.   

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Catching the green deal wave

By Patrizio Antonicoli, Secretary General, CEI-Bois
The Timber Trade Journal
January 28, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Patrizio Antonicoli

Europe… saw new EC president, Ursula von der Leyen, present her Green Deal… “with no net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The EC ambition demands all sectors play a role and… That means the woodworking industries shouldering their responsibility. …As an industry we have much to do to transition to the era of the Green Deal and its environmental imperatives. But CEI-Bois has developed three key assets to underpin the process. The CEI-Bois Manifesto… illustrates how the European woodworking industry can help the EU reach key goals, such as reduction of GHG emissions. …Building the Bioeconomy booklet shows how Europe can reduce emissions by using low carbon, renewable alternatives, such as timber, over high carbon materials, such as concrete, steel and plastic. …Finally the Forest-Based Industries vision 2050 focuses on how forest-based solutions can help.

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Plan to toughen combustibles ban may damage CLT sector further

By Joey Gardiner
Housing Today
January 23, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Experts pioneering the widespread use of structural timber have expressed fears that government plans to further tighten the ban on combustible material on the external walls of buildings will compound damage already done to the sector. They said the UK risked losing its leadership position in the use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam, which… have a much lower carbon footprint than traditional build materials such as concrete, steel and masonry. The concerns come after the government this week consulted on plans to reduce the height at which the ban comes into effect from 18m to 11m, potentially affecting a far greater number of residential buildings. …AHMM’s Crawley said there was no alternative to using timber in the long term if the government wanted to move to zero carbon. “Timber is a renewable material… In terms of lower-carbon construction, there are no other effective or available alternatives,” he said.

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Powerhouse plans floating, all-timber office building for Rotterdam port

By Philip Stevens
Designboom
January 22, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Plans have been revealed for a timber office building that will float on the Rijnhaven, a port on Rotterdam’s Nieuwe Maas River. The project, which will begin construction in spring 2020, has been designed by Powerhouse Company to be energy-neutral and self-sufficient. Expected to remain in the port for a period of 5 to 10 years, the design boasts a wide range of state-of-the-art sustainability measures, such as heat exchange through the harbor water. …‘Designing a sustainable, floating office building was a very challenging commission and we approached it in an integrated way,’ says Nanne de Ru, Powerhouse Company founder and architect. ‘By using the water of the Rijnhaven to cool the building, and by using the roof of the office as a large energy source, the building is truly autarkic. The building structure is designed in wood, it can easily be demounted and re-used. the building is ready for the circular economy.’

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How Japan is looking to Olympic and Paralympic Games as a catalyst for modernisation and regeneration

By Frank Dalleres
CityA.M.com
January 22, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

…A central theme of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games: sustainability and environmental consciousness. …Podiums are being made from recycled plastic and the beds that competitors will sleep on in the athletes’ village have been fashioned out of cardboard, which will itself be reused in paper products after the Games. Kuma’s trademark emphasis on wood… is present in decorative tiers of eaves that encircle the bowl like a planet’s rings. …Not everyone is convinced of Tokyo 2020’s green credentials. …12 NGOs argue that construction of the New National Stadium had caused a “severe negative impact on the tropical rainforests in Indonesia and Malaysia”, adding that their attempts to raise concerns had been effectively ignored. …Tokyo 2020 chiefs have rejected the criticisms, saying its protocols met standards set by other NGOs such as the Forest Stewardship Council and the Marine Stewardship Council.

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A new Royal Institute of British Architects show asks if timber is the new concrete

By Jason Sayer
The Architect’s Newspaper
January 22, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

At around this point last year, The Guardian ran the headline, “Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth.” This was, you could say, concrete’s watershed moment. Attitudes towards the material have shifted significantly as architects ditch their béton love affair and look for something new with cork and hemp emerging as new kids on the block. However, perhaps it’s an old friend which will be the most help to architects amid the climate catastrophe: wood.   “Timber is the new concrete,” said Alex de Rijke, cofounder and partner at the London-based dRMM (de Rijke Marsh Morgan). It’s a belief de Rijke has held since 2006 and one his firm has practiced too, the results of which are currently on display at RIBA North, the Royal Institute of British Architects’ center in Liverpool, U.K.

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Timber processing industry calls on Government to keep election promise or lose support for 2020

By Collette Devlin
Stuff.co.nz
January 23, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The timber processing industry is disappointed the government  is not implementing a promise to look at using wood for more government buildings, and has threatened to block-vote against it in the 2020 election. Chief executives from more than 50 forestry-wood processing companies, representing more than 10,000 employees, have signed an open letter calling on the government to honour its commitment to the procurement policy for government buildings, which was consistent with its Zero Carbon goal. Industry spokesman and Red Stag Group chief executive Marty Verry said the policy had the backing of NZ First and the Green Party and it was time for Labour to move on it. …Green Party MP Gareth Hughes said there was a “massive opportunity” to support lifting forestry up the value chain and store carbon by using New Zealand wood.

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More details emerge on combustibles ban

By Joey Gardiner
Building
January 21, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

LONDON, England — More details have emerged on the plans laid out by housing secretary Robert Jenrick to extend the ban on combustible materials in external walls to residential buildings of as little as three- and four-storeys. Jenrick announced the proposal… amid a raft of new measures laid out prior to the resumption of the Grenfell Tower public inquiry. He also laid out plans to ban… the type of cladding used on Grenfell Tower – on buildings of any height. And he proposed reducing the height both at which sprinklers are required and at which the combustibles ban comes into force from 18m to 11m. …But the ban does not propose to make any allowances for the use of structural timber products such as CLT and Glulam, which are caught by the ban but which proponents say are not a fire-risk.

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Exclusive first images of kengo kuma’s completed olympic stadium for tokyo 2020

Designboom
January 21, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

In 2015, the Japanese government chose Kengo Kuma to design the new national stadium in Tokyo, the arena which will form the centerpiece of the city’s 2020 Olympic Games. …Now, with the Olympics on the horizon, designboom visited the site to document the completed stadium and its surroundings. … ‘The facade consists of overlapping, multi-layered eaves,’ explains Kengo Kuma’s office. ‘The underside of each eave is covered with small-diameter wood louvers in an effort to express the tradition of beautiful eaves in Japanese architecture in an appropriate contemporary manner. The roof has a truss structure which combines steel beams and laminated lumber with a medium cross-section, utilizing the axial stiffness of wood to minimize deformation of the roof trusses due to wind or earthquakes.’

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Young Queensland engineer wins with timber panels research

Timb@rbiz
January 21, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Adam Faircloth

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said Adam Faircloth, a timber engineer with the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture & Fisheries (DAF) Forestry Research team at the Salisbury Research Facility, won the prize for best presentation for his research into a non-destructive evaluation system for mass timber panels. “The manufacture of cross-laminated timber (CLT) products for full-scale applications has increased over the past decade and has placed pressure on manufacturers assessing the quality of these products,” Mr Furner said. “At the moment these panels are assessed using static or destructive methods and while they provide accurate results, they are costly, time-consuming and destructive. “Mr Faircloth’s work means timber panels don’t have to be destroyed to be assessed and will allow manufacturers to rapidly assess the stiffness and shear properties to determine uses for the product.” Mr Faircloth said his research … would help manufacturers save time, money and resources.

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Trimble Technology Lab: Digitally enabling a sustainable built environment

By Professor Robert Hairstans, Edinburgh Napier University
Planning, BIM & Construction Today
January 20, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

From tall timber buildings to micro manufacture, the products, systems and approaches necessary for the delivery of a sustainable built environment are available. Appropriate application to the context requires informed decision-making enabled by digital tools. Establishing a Trimble Technology lab at Edinburgh Napier presents a unique opportunity to create the right environment to furnish the sector with the next generation of individuals that have the necessary knowledge and skills to move a sustainable built environment forward. …The whole-life performance of built assets therefore needs to be fully considered. Embracing offsite approaches to construction delivery utilising renewable resources combined with digitisation offers a solution. Digital integration of the supply chain from forest floor to built asset is ambitious but can be made a reality with the correct ingredients and endeavour. …The CCG iQ closed panel timber frame system used standard details from the research; these panels were then capable of being fully enhanced in the factory environment for on-site efficiency.

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MEM Industrial – Mexican woodworking show opens this week

By Karen Koenig
The Woodworking Network
January 20, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

MEXICO CITY –  Thousands of professional wood products professionals will converge on Mexico City Jan. 22-24 for MEM Industrial, the country’s leading trade show for the primary and secondary wood manufacturing industry. The event features more than 200 popular brands of woodworking technology and supplies spread across more than 150,000-square-feet of exhibition space at Centro Citibanamex. …MEM Industrial (Magna ExpoMueblera Industrial) is organized by Hannover Fairs México, a subsidiary of Deutsche Messe of Germany. 

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WWF voices ‘deep concern’ over purchasing standards set by Tokyo committee for 2020 Olympic Games

The Japan Times
January 20, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The World Wildlife Fund expressed concern Monday over standards set for commodity procurement by the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, saying that they are “inappropriate.” In a statement, the WWF said it was “deeply concerned” that the organizing committee produced “protocols that fell far below globally accepted sustainability standards” especially for timber, fishery products, paper and palm oil to be used for the 2020 Summer Games. …“As the host country of the Tokyo Olympics, Japan is responsible for sourcing and consuming products in a sustainable way,” said WWF-Japan CEO Ron Tsutsui. …The committee rebuffed the criticisms, saying its procurement codes recognized various points of views with feasibility in mind and used standards created by international organizations such as the Forest Stewardship Council and the Marine Stewardship Council.

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In this new neighborhood, every building will be made entirely out of wood

By Kristin Toussaint
Fast Company
January 17, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

In an effort to build a more sustainable future, architects and policy makers are nodding to the past with structures entirely made of timber. …Next up in this timber trend: a Copenhagen neighborhood built fully with wood, with housing for 7,000 people, a school, and a focus on integrating nature with city life. Danish architecture company Henning Larsen is designing the development, called Fælledby …For this neighborhood’s construction, Henning Larsen plan to use prefabricated timber panels sourced from partners throughout Europe. “They must of course be sustainably sourced, nontoxic . . . that’s just a minimum,” Kongebro says. Henning Larsen will become Copenhagen’s first new neighborhood built entirely in timber. The Scandanavian city has a rich history in wood construction, with Denmark as a whole most well-known for its “half-timber” architecture that dates back to the Middle Ages. Kongebro sees this new twist on the old ways as a “paradigm shift.”

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Developer unveils £33m sustainable office development in Shoreditch

Planning, BIM & Construction Today
January 16, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Developer Southern Grove has announced plans to build a new £33m sustainable office development in Shoreditch, London. The sustainable office development 16 Orsman Road is also set to break new ground in green building. The developer exchanged contracts on the land yesterday (15 January) and plans to use Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). This will mean the building, spanning six floors, is approximately four to five times lighter than a traditional building, resulting in much smaller foundations and minimal disruption to the neighbouring canal. Architects Waugh Thistleton was selected for its flare in CLT design.

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