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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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2020 National Building Code proposes encapsulated mass timber construction

By John Bleasby
The Daily Commercial News
January 13, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Mass timber construction in Canada is putting pressure on building codes to keep pace with the increased interest to build higher with wood. At the recent Buildings Show in Toronto, Gian-Luca Porcari, technical advisor, Codes Canada, at the National Research Council, explained that the National Building Code is listening. Through a collaborative process that included stakeholders and interested parties, the NRC has recommended a number of prescriptive solutions related to mass timber for adoption into the 2020 National Building Code. Porcari explained that the NRC provisions specifically address mass timber’s contribution to a fire by offering additional options that will increase the fire resistance of exposed mass timber elements. …The provisions call for exposed structural mass timber elements to be encapsulated in a minimum of 38mm of gypsum board or concrete. This will add 50 minutes to mass timber’s inherent fire resistance. 

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One Thing You Can Do: Help to Preserve Forests

By Jillian Mock, Nadja Popovich and John Schwartz
The New York Times
January 8, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

…If you’re in North America, some of the fiber in your paper towels (and other tissue products like toilet paper) probably started off as a tree in the boreal forest of northern Canada, one of the last big, intact forests in the world… a giant reservoir that stores carbon dioxide. …Collectively, boreal forests lock away about 703 gigatons of carbon in woody fibers and soil. Tropical forests, by comparison, store about 375 gigatons of carbon. …Trevor Hesselink, at the Wildlands League, said it’s important to weigh the value of paper products against the value of intact forests. “If you are thinking through a carbon lens, those single-use products are very short-lived,” he said. Canada is generally seen as being good at forest management. …The bad news is planting a young tree to replace a mature one is not the one-for-one carbon scenario many people imagine, Mr. Hesselink said

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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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Dragon Skin wood installation provides outdoor shelter on campus

By Emily Kwong
The Ubyssey
January 14, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new canopy-shaped wood installation has arrived on UBC campus as an outdoor rain shelter. Named Dragon Skin in reference to its scale-like shingles, the installation is the third iteration of a collaborative project between UBC’s SEEDS Sustainability Program, the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) and the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP). UBC Associate Professor Dr. AnnaLisa Meyboom led a group comprised of student and industry participants. The design for the structure was created beforehand and participants were guided through the process of construction, which involved robotic fabrication. …Wood has been used …it  is a sustainable material. With the capabilities of new technology, architects can also experiment with new ways of using wood. In this installation, robotics was used to create a double curved surface, which deviates from the straight and flat forms that wood is generally known for.

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Tall Timber Solutions – bringing tall timber to new heights

Wood WORKS! BC – Canadian Wood Council
January 13, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Join us at Steamworks for a casual evening of tasting and testing as we delve into our favorite things: Timber Engineering, Socializing and Eating! The recent code changes in Canada and the United States include provisions for building Tall Wood buildings. This change leads to the opportunities to build taller but also comes with new considerations for connection design including requirements for inter-story drift performances and fire rating. Pre-engineered beam hangers offer an off-the-shelf solution, simplifying the design challenges that designers are facing for the most common framing systems used in tall wood buildings in North America. This presentation will go over key points designers must pay attention to when designing with pre-engineered beam hangers in tall wood buildings.

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Mass timber adoption rises as B.C. builders look for speed and sustainability

By Peter Mitham
Business in Vancouver
January 8, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hardy Wentzel

A new year brings new beginnings, and for Penticton-based Structurlam Mass Timber Corp., that includes building on key developments from last year. With its expertise in cross-laminated timbers, it welcomed changes in the B.C. Building Code last March allowing for mass-timber construction in buildings of up to 12 storeys. Canada’s national building code will adopt similar rules this year. Structurlam recently won a contract for the first project approved under the new B.C. code, a tower DB Services of Victoria Inc. is building in the Vancouver Island municipality of Langford. Other projects are in the planning stages. ….“I have never seen a code adoption happen so quickly in any of the other sectors I’ve been involved with,” remarked Structurlam CEO Hardy Wentzel. …It’s not just the new building code that’s been adopted speedily. The buildings themselves rise quickly, with a minimal labour force.

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80 Atlantic is Toronto’s first timber office building in generations

By Alex Abarbanel-Brossman
The Architect’s Newspaper
January 15, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A look around Toronto’s seemingly innumerable construction sites tends to reveal building materials common to many North American cities. …But a new mass timber office building in the Liberty Village neighborhood points in a different direction. Designed by Canadian firm Quadrangle for Hullmark Development… the five-story, 90,000-square-foot 80 Atlantic debuted this past fall as Toronto’s first wood-frame office building in over a century. …According to the designers, uncovering the original post-and-beam structure at 60 Atlantic inspired the idea for a mass timber neighbor, now newly legal thanks to a 2015 change in regional building codes that allows for mass timber structures of up to six stories. “We started to imagine a modern wood office building that took all of the best parts of the old post and beam building.”

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Cardinal House CLT home dubbed ‘house of the future’ for Indigenous communities

By Don Procter
Daily Commercial News
January 10, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Cardinal House, a prefabricated, cross-laminated timber (CLT) residence erected recently on the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick, is the first of what its architect hopes will be many such houses built to meet the needs of First Nations communities across Canada. “We feel it is a house of the future,” Douglas Cardinal, of Douglas Cardinal Architect Inc., said recently about the 1,100-square-foot home. The internationally-recognized architect, noted for designs such as the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., said while the simple house is one of the smallest commissions of his storied career, it is among the most important because it represents a new housing type for First Nations communities.

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Architects chosen for new W.J. Fricker elementary school

By Jeff Turl
The Bay Today
January 8, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Near North District School Board has selected Mitchell Jensen Architects Incorporated of North Bay to design the new W.J. Fricker elementary school which will be located on the existing site. It’s slated to open in September 2021. In 2018 Mitchell Jensen Architects’ design of the North Bay-Parry Sound District Health Unit, in collaboration with Ottawa’s Carlyle Design Associates, was recognized by Canadian Interiors Magazine as Best in Canada, in the institutional category. Later that year the same project won the Northern Ontario Excellence Award from Ontario Wood WORKS!, an initiative of the Canadian Wood Council.

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Nail, meet wood

By James Wimberley
Samefacts.com
January 16, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Remember the satisfying thunk when you strike a nail squarely with a strong hammer blow and the nail sinks an inch into wood? Few metaphors are as sound and accurate as “hitting the nail on the head”. Forgive the boast, dear readers, for a post Mike O’Hare and I made herefive years ago proposing more building in wood as a way of cutting carbon emissions. There is a nifty new technology (engineered wood beams and panels) that makes it much easier; trees fix carbon, and using the wood in structures extends the sequestration for decades. Dave Roberts at Vox has a long new post up  making essentially the same points. …I thought the trendsetter would be New Zealand. …No, it’s Canada; specifically British Columbia, the centre of the large Canadian forestry industry.

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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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Timber Takes the Heat: What Every Architect Should Know About Wood Construction and Fire Protection

By Eduardo Souza
Arch Daily
January 15, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Since time immemorial humans have constructed their shelter and homes using wood. Gradually these structures grew more complex, but wood has continued to play a fundamental role in architecture and construction. Today, especially due to growing concerns about climate change and carbon emissions, wood has been regaining significance as an important building material for the future, if used consciously and sustainably. …Mass timber is a category of framing often using large panelized solid wood construction including cross-laminated timber, nail laminated timber, dowel-laminated timber, and glued laminated timber (glulam) panels for floor and wall framing. …As timber construction continues to rise, it is important to understand wood’s proven performance when it comes to fire protection. Fire is a danger for all buildings and construction sites – regardless of building material. 

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Concrete, Steel, or Wood: Searching for Zero-Net-Carbon Structural Materials

By Gideon Fink Shapiro
The Journal of the American Institute of Architects
January 15, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

To promote his designs for lightweight structures, Buckminster Fuller famously asked, “How much does your building weigh?” Today, as architects realize that both structural efficiency and carbon efficiency are necessary, the question has become, “How much carbon does your building embody?” Many architects are pushing for the reduction or elimination of embodied carbon emissions, as is already happening with operational energy. …Indeed, the building structure and sub-structure are good places to hunt because, together, they constitute more than half of a commercial building’s embodied carbon footprint. …Architecture 2030’s Carbon Smart Materials Palette and the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator, or EC3, a tool developed by the Carbon Leadership Forum, C Change Labs, and Skanska, are great places to investigate the impact of material selection for both retrofit and new construction projects.

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The hottest new thing in sustainable building is, uh, wood

By David Roberts
Vox
January 15, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Architects, builders, and sustainability advocates are all abuzz over a new building material they say could substantially reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the building sector, slash the waste, pollution, and costs associated with construction, and create a more physically, psychologically, and aesthetically healthy built environment. The material is known as, uh, wood. Trees have been used to build structures since prehistory, but especially after disasters like the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, wood came to be seen as unsafe and unstable relative to the two materials that have since become staples of the construction industry worldwide: concrete and steel. However, a new way of using wood has put the material back in the spotlight. The hype is focused on structural timber or, as it’s more popularly known, “mass timber” …Yes, the hottest thing in architecture this century amounts to “wood, but like Legos.”

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Mass Timber Architecture Focuses On the Future

By Anna Domanska
Industry Leaders Magazine
January 11, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Wood is back in fashion as construction material with architects and is increasingly being used to replace steel and concrete in buildings as a sustainable choice. A new type of engineered wood known as mass timber, which is stronger than wood, is being used to construct buildings. …Architects and builders are touting the material as it is supposed to be fire-resistant, strong, and ecologically relevant. …Many believe CLT is the future of construction and mass timber the new steel. Advocates of the material say that steel and concrete constructions have an emission profile of 2000 metric tons of Co2. A mass timber building replaces this carbon-emitting structure and saves the Co2 from being released in the atmosphere. …In Europe, mass timber has been in use for the past twenty years. In the U.S. it is fast gaining traction … leading to many old and new sawmills and logging companies going into business in …the U.S.

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Brookfield to build largest mass timber office building in America

Real Estate Weekly
January 9, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

SAN FRANCISCO, California — Brookfield Properties plans to build the largest mass timber office building in North America as part of its 28-acre Pier 70 waterfront development at a historic shipyard property in San Francisco. “Our decision to use mass timber is inspired by the neighborhood’s culture of creativity, sustainability and strong opinions,” said Brookfield Properties senior manager of development Cutter MacLeod. …The new 310,000 s/f mid-rise mass timber building will be 85 ft. high with six-floors. It will be the first ground up office parcel built at Pier 70. …The building will feature cross laminated timber (CLT) floor slabs, glue-laminated timber (Glulam) columns and beams, steel lateral seismic framing, and metal cladding.

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Wood dust: Keeping your woodshop safe from this quiet hazard

By Dan Braiman, Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance
The Woodworking Network
January 7, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Though it is as common in woodshops as wood itself, wood dust is a particularly dangerous byproduct of woodworking. Excess dust creates the potential for fires and explosions that are not as uncommon as one may expect. In fact, when wood dust is present, a fire can easily and quickly ignite due to cigarette smoking, hot work, open flames or faulty electrical equipment, among a variety of other triggers. Not only are these fires dangerous, but they can cost a business dearly. …For example, in 2003, a dust explosion at a manufacturing plant in Kentucky resulted in seven deaths and 37 injuries. …So, what can woodshop owners do to protect their employees and their businesses from this risk? Properly removing dust is a critical practice, which involves thorough housekeeping practices and properly managed dust management systems.

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Vandals’ New Digs Will Be ‘Game-Changer’ for Athletes

By Lori Lovely
Construction Equipment Guide
January 14, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

After years of planning, the University of Idaho has finally broken ground on a dedicated basketball arena. Scheduled for completion in 2021, the 62,000-sq.-ft. Idaho Central Credit Union Arena will be the new home for Vandals’ basketball, regional tournaments, lectures, as well as “small and mid-size” events, other cultural and special events, concerts and conventions, said Guy Esser, project architect of the University. …When the arena is completed, UI will have the first mass-timber sporting facility in major college athletics. The mass-timber framing style features the use of large, solid wood panels for wall, floor and roof construction, as well as innovative forms of sculptural buildings like the ICCU arena, formed from solid wood panel or framing systems of 6 ft. or more in width or depth. The primary load-bearing structure is made of large pieces of either solid or engineered wood. …Replacing steel with mass timber also reduces carbon dioxide emissions between 15-to-20 percent. 

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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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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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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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Majority of plastic recyclables in Halifax being turned into synthetic lumber

By Aly Thomson
CBC News
January 10, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, Canada

It’s possible the plastic shopping bags that you recycled last week could eventually be turned into a bench you’ll one day sit on. That’s because the majority of plastics recycled in the Halifax area are now going to a local company that turns the waste into plastic lumber. Andrew Philopoulos, manager of Halifax’s solid waste division, said about 80 per cent of municipal plastics are being recycled at Goodwood Plastic Products Ltd. …The material is then manufactured into synthetic lumber, wharf timbers, guardrail posts and agricultural posts. …He said his company’s product has been used by Dartmouth’s LakeCity Plastics to create outdoor furniture like park benches and picnic tables.

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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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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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Loyn & Co reveals proposal for carbon neutral neighbourhood in Wales

By Lizzie Crook
Dezeen Magazine
January 17, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Loyn & Co has unveiled its design for Parc Hadau, a net-zero-carbon housing scheme in Wales that will be built from cross-laminated timber and powered by renewable energy. Developed by Loyn & Co … the Parc Hadau neighbourhood will comprise 35 eco-friendly dwellings. …the homes will have a net-zero-embodied-carbon primary structure, use passive design, use renewable energy technologies to generate enough electricity to power the scheme. …Each house will be built using cross-laminated timber. Timber absorbs atmospheric carbon as it grows, and subsequently retains it during its life in a building. This is hoped to offset the carbon emissions of foundations of the building, which will be made from a low carbon concrete. This will be “evidenced and calculated” throughout construction to look to further improve future schemes. Externally, the homes will be clad in a mix of locally sourced and low-embodied-energy materials that include timber, local stone and reclaimed brick.

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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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Swan is latest to ditch CLT for high-rise modular apartments

By Joey Gardiner
Housing Today UK
January 14, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

One of the leading exponents of modular housebuilding based on cross-laminated timber technology is to move to using steel-framed systems for its planned apartment buildings. London and South-east housing association Swan, which set up a 400-homes-a-year modular housebuilding factory in 2017 to deliver its 3,500-home development pipeline, told Housing Today the decision to switch to steel followed the government’s ban on combustible materials in the external walls of homes more than 18m in height. …Critics of the government’s combustibles ban, introduced in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, predicted the legislation would turn the UK from a world-leader in cross-laminated timber (CLT) into a “backwater”. …Lendlease announced early last year it was ending its programme of CLT apartments in the UK, with L&G following suit in December. …Anthony Thistleton, founder of CLT specialist architect Waugh Thistleton, said [the ban] could prompt a collapse of CLT use in the UK

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Notre-Dame’s roof should be rebuilt in wood, say architects

By Zelda Caldwell
Aleteia
January 15, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

representative of France’s top architects said that Notre-Dame Cathedral’s roof should be rebuilt in wood, not in metal or concrete as some have proposed. French President Emmanuel Macron has said he favors adding a “contemporary” touch in the course of rebuilding the spire… Eric Wirth, a member of an association of the country’s architects, however, weighed in to say that replacing the roof with wood makes sense for practical reasons. “The most modern and ecological material today is wood,” said Wirth, of the Guild of French Architects. Wirth added that wood is more fire-resistant than the alternatives, and would also trap carbon. “Had the cathedral been built in concrete or steel it would not still be there,” he added. “Even with all the (chemical) protection treatments, given the intensity of the blaze … the steel would have held for half an hour and then it would have twisted, pulling on the walls and everything would have collapsed”.

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Paper carrier bags help to combat climate change

By The Paper Bag
RealWire
January 15, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Stockholm/Paris — Making one’s own actions more sustainable is a good resolution for the new year. A first simple step is to consider the environment when choosing your own packaging, for example by using paper bags. To what extent paper carrier bags contribute to combating climate change has been summarised in a new infographic. It was published by the platform “The Paper Bag”, an association of Europe’s leading manufacturers of kraft paper and paper carrier bags. “In a world facing challenges such as globalisation, climate change and a scarcity of raw materials, it is vital that consumers can make informed decisions,” explains Kennert Johansson, Acting Secretary General of CEPI Eurokraft. “With our infographic, we want to raise awareness of the advantages of paper carrier bags as sustainable packaging that contribute to reducing littering and environmental pollution.” Paper bags are made from wood, an ever-growing resource.

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Valio and Stora Enso to introduce wood-based reusable lids

Packaging Gateway
January 13, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Finnish dairy product manufacturer Valio and pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso are planning to introduce wood fibre-based reusable lids made from a biocomposite.  Encouraging consumers to reduce waste, the partners will distribute 10,000 reusable lids through Valio’s promotional sales demonstrations early this year.  Valio and Stora Enso will use the reusable lids to test the wood-based biocomposite in food packaging. It will help the companies understand how biocomposite reacts when in contact with food.  Valio packaging development manager Jussi-Pekka Lumme said: “With this pilot project we are encouraging people to take small, concrete actions to reduce food waste. The lid makes it easy to protect the unused crème fraiche or quark.

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Will the skyscrapers of the future be made out of wood?

By Saul Elbein
National Geographic
January 13, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Until about your grandparents’ childhood—or maybe your great-grandparents’—the world was made of wood. Everything from weapons and wheels, barrels and houses, tools for cooking and industry, was at least in part derived from materials taken from the bodies of trees. People were born in oak beds and rocked in poplar cradles and killed by walnut-stock rifles and buried in pine coffins.Now a growing industry wants to bring back the golden age of wood starting with skyscrapers. “Look at this,” Antti Asikainen, an austere, affable Finnish forestry professor, says admiringly, pointing to a rectangular hole cut in the sheetrock of a 12-story apartment building, exposing the skeleton below. The frame inside is made of mass timber, a high-density wood product that is one of the new range of high-tech products the global economy relies upon forests to fill.

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Norbord’s Industrial Sales Manager, David Sleigh, offers his thoughts on the healthy state of the supply chain for the industrial market

Structural Timber Magazine
January 14, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

David Sleigh


We’re in the business of producing wood panel products – OSB, MDF and particleboard – products that are used in a multitude of industrial applications from housebuilding to furniture-making and packaging. For industrial users, these products are basic raw materials. Without them, their manufacturing process, building activities and ability to deliver to their end-users would grind to a halt. These products are low-carbon and turn materials, once destined for the waste stream, into versatile, durable and valuable commodities.  Norbord has been producing wood panel products for over thirty years and is the only manufacturer within the UK to produce a zero-added formaldehyde OSB product in SterlingOSB Zero alongside CaberBoard particleboard and CaberWood MDF brands. …The biggest threat to the UK economy today is, of course, Brexit. But, whatever shape it takes – if, indeed, it ever comes to pass – Brexit will have minimal impact on the cost and availability in the UK of OSB, MDF and particleboard.

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As China’s waste paper imports slow, its disruption of global pulp & paper sector accelerates

By Simon Matthis
PulpaperNews.com
January 10, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Since 2017, China’s crackdown on waste paper imports has reconfigured the global pulp, paper and board industry – and there’s more disruption to come. From the Americas and Europe to India, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand, every market has been affected. …”By stopping the flow of unsorted waste paper into its ports, China launched a tidal wave of change throughout the world’s fiber, paper, and board markets,” said Hannah Zhao. “Every region’s response has, in turn, affected other markets as well,” Zhao said. “Now Indonesia is also looking to crack down on waste paper imports, even as its industry is using that fiber to boost production,” explained Zhao. “And China’s powerful pulp and paper industry is buying and building capacity in the US and other nations to circumvent domestic supply issues.”

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Mushrooms and orange peel: could biotech clean up the building industry?

By Nell Card
The Guardian
January 11, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A biotech startup is researching building materials that could revolutionise construction. Not only are they biodegradable – some also absorb toxins. Cocoa husks, dried orange peel, ground blue pea flowers: the ingredients read like a tasting menu. They are, in fact, waste products that are used to make Orb – a sustainable building material that is carbon neutral. It’s versatile enough to be used for furniture or as a substitute for a wood-based sheet material. Orb is produced by Biohm, a startup founded in 2016 by Ehab Sayed. …Sayed’s “material development journey” led him to Open Cell, a community of biotech startups … in west London. With a small team … he has developed two materials: Orb, made out of food or agricultural waste, and mycelium insulation, made by feeding waste to the root system of mushrooms. “The aim is to replace every harmful construction material with something sustainable and higher performing,” Sayed explains. 

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Design’s response to tragedy: ‘Build houses that don’t contribute to the fire front’

By Sarah Buckley
Architecture and Design Australia
January 13, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

…As a nation that has historically been prone to bushfires and its fatal repercussions it is curious as to how initiatives like the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority’s We will Rebuild initiative, stopped short after a mere 19 pro bono designs, and even fewer houses materialised thereafter. …Why are bushfire resistant homes so scarce in Australia? …Weir… stated that the designs seemed to some, ‘a bit foreign, a bit alien.’ …As ember attack is the primary cause for the loss of thousands of homes during the bushfires’ havoc, practicality over the wooden porch seems rife in BAL-40 zones. Weir adds, “The cheapest thing to do is exclude verandahs and decks, and work with either the verandah being internalised or have masonry terraces – integrating landscape design with the house design as a first principle.”

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An architect designed luxury ‘treehouse hotels’ towering above a remote forest in a medieval Austrian ski town — here’s a closer look

By Melissa Wiley
Business Insider
January 10, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

If you’ve ever dreamt of sleeping in a treehouse, look no further. If you’ve ever dreamt of sleeping in a treehouse, look no further. Kitzbühel is a ritzy ski resort with a medieval town center located between Salzburg and Innsbruck in the Austrian Alps. As part of a new 7-star hotel project in Kitzbühel, Peter Pichler Architecture has proposed a design for luxury “tree suites” that rise above the surrounding forest. Each suite will be accessible by a glass elevator, hidden in the wooden latticed structure on which the suites are elevated. …The use of local wood in the design will create a “warm feeling,” the firm said in a release.

 

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Made in central Japan: Chubu bets on Tokyo Olympics to boost sales of local produce

By Chunichi Shimbun
The Japan Times
January 10, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

With the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics taking place this year, prefectures in the Chubu region are eager to make the sporting event an opportunity to promote their local produce. In the village of Higashishirakawa, Gifu Prefecture, whose land is 90 percent covered by mountainous forests, numerous Japanese cypress trees are seen growing straight toward the sky alongside a 3-meter-wide unpaved road. …Tono Hinoki, a brand of Japanese cypress trees produced in Higashishirakawa and five other municipalities in Gifu was used to construct the Village Plaza, a part of the Olympic Village built in the Harumi waterfront area of Tokyo. …Shipments recovered slightly in recent years following the enforcement of a law to promote the use of wood in public buildings in 2010, but sale prices remain low. …With that in mind, Gifu sees the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics as a good opportunity to further promote its wood.

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Henning Larsen plans fælledby, Copenhagen’s first all-timber neighborhood

Design Boom
January 9, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Henning Larsen architects plans fælledby, Copenhagen’s first all-timber neighborhood designed to accommodate 7,000 residents as well as 40 percent undeveloped nature. Illustrating how new developments can combine sustainable architecture and environmentalist principles to serve people and animals alike, the project will be entirely timber construction, with individual buildings featuring birdhouses and animal habitats integrated within the building façades. The proposal transforms a former dumping ground site just beyond the city center into a model for sustainable living balancing human priorities with a strong commitment to the natural surroundings. Their timber-construction proposal aims to reduce the carbon impact of the development, since, compared to alternative materials such as steel or concrete, timber captures and stores CO2 during its growth – as a building material, it actively removes CO2 from the environment as it is produced. 

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Toyota’s Woven City a vision of the future

By Andrew McCredie
Driving
January 7, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Toyota has long been a proponent of hydrogen fuel cells powering vehicles, and the company unveiled plans for an entire city powered by the zero-emission technology. Woven City, as it is called, is described as a “living laboratory”… at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. Groundbreaking will come in 2021. …The term Woven City relates to how the prototype community’s grid of three different transportation networks weave together. …President Akio Toyoda explained that the city will be a home to residents and researchers who will be able to test and develop technologies such as autonomous vehicles, robotics, personal mobility and smart homes. …Structures will be made of carbon neutral wood with solar panels on their roofs. The wood buildings will be fabricated using traditional Japanese wood joinery, combined with robotic production methods.

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