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Interior design lessons from the coronavirus

By Lloyd Alter
Treehugger
March 30, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

…what can we actually make our homes from that makes them safer and healthier in the face of something like the coronavirus? A very recent study by the National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists have looked at how long this coronavirus stays active on various materials. …The virus seems to survive longest on smooth surfaces like plastics (72 hours) and stainless steel (48 hours) and a shorter time on paper, cardboard or clothing (24 hours.) The biggest surprise was the performance of copper; the virus was gone in four hours. When influenzas, bacteria like E. coli, superbugs like MRSA, or even coronaviruses land …on copper, and copper alloys like brass, they die within minutes. “We’ve seen viruses just blow apart,” says Bill Keevil, professor of environmental healthcare at the University of Southampton. …Marmoleum (linoleum), commissioned a study and found that it inhibited the growth of MRSA and other pathogens …and killed the Norovirus

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Two building technology companies win in Breakthrough Energy Solutions Canada initiative

Canadian Architect
March 10, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Architect-led housing and technology company Intelligent City Inc. and CarbonCure Technologies Inc. to receive funding from the Breakthrough Energy Solutions Canada initiative. The program is a public–private initiative advancing the development of clean energy technologies under a new stream of NRCan’s Energy Innovation Program… Each of the winners will receive up to $3 million to develop their clean energy technologies, with an opportunity to gain access to additional private investments from Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the Business Development Bank of Canada and more. …Intelligent City received funding to develop a combination of innovative technologies to build carbon-neutral, net-zero energy family housing. …The Vancouver-based firm has gained municipal approvals and broad government support for its mass timber building system and technology development. The company’s multi-storey mass timber housing platform is based on digital design and advanced fabrication.

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HDR Selected to Design 12-Storey Mass Timber Tower

HDR Inc.
March 26, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

RPB Hotels and Resorts has selected HDR to provide architectural design services for the development of a new 82-suite, 12-storey mass timber constructed Ramada Hotel in Kelowna, British Columbia. The City of Kelowna was an early adopter of British Columbia’s new regulations allowing mass timber construction of up to 12 stories. The development will not only be the tallest mass timber tower in Kelowna, but a positive contribution to the community by providing more centrally located hotel accommodations and pedestrian-friendly access to other amenities. The tower will be constructed using partial encapsulation and exposed CLT (cross-laminated timber), in addition to glulam (glue-laminated timber). The new hotel will provide three different suite typologies with access via a single-loaded corridor, day-lit from north and south. Construction is anticipated to commence in 2021.

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Building civic pride in wood

By Naturally Wood
The REMI Network – Real Estate Management Industry Network
March 25, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

All levels of government in British Columbia (B.C.) are leading by example, showcasing what’s possible with wood construction and demonstrating the importance of sustainable building. Through its Wood First Act, the province of B.C. encourages public institutions to consider using wood in construction where appropriate. Since the act was introduced about a decade ago, more than 50 B.C. municipalities have adopted wood-first resolutions, policies or bylaws — promoting locally sourced timber construction as a way to take action against climate change. Wood has become the predominant structural and finishing material for fire halls, municipal buildings, police stations and libraries throughout the province. …These projects and others are featured in a newly released book, Naturally Wood, which showcases British Columbia’s cutting‐edge wood architecture and design. The beautifully illustrated, 160-page publication contains more than 65 innovative wood buildings and projects, including how wood is being used in public and institutional buildings.

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Into the wild

By Christopher Dewolf
CLAD Features
March 20, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…In Montreal, a new project set for completion this year seeks to tread lightly over the environment. …Although a structure like this would normally be made from concrete, FABG opted to use laminated timber instead. “This timber is from the north of Quebec using little pieces of wood that don’t have much construction value otherwise,” says Gauthier. “For us, this was the biggest way to make the project sustainable, considering the carbon emitted by making concrete.” The pavilion also has a green roof, which serves as insulation while also preventing the building from emitting too much heat in the summer. …Gauthier says it was worth the effort to pave the way for other timber projects. “It’s rare to see a wood structure like this in a downtown area,” he says. “It’s like an urban chalet.”

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Winners Announced for Wood WORKS! Alberta Prairie Wood Design Awards

Wood WORKS! Alberta
March 13, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Edmonton- Wood WORKS! Alberta recognized a prestigious group of leading architects, engineers and project teams at tonight’s 13th annual Prairie Wood Design Awards Celebration. The Prairie Wood Design Awards program recognizes our local design and construction professionals for their commitment to sustainable and economic building choices and utilizing Canada’s abundant renewable resource, wood. “The winning projects from our awards program demonstrate Alberta’s commitment to exploring increased options for wood in construction,” says Rory Koska, Program Director of Wood WORKS! Alberta.

 

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Is Port Moody ready for tall wood buildings?

By Mario Bartel
Tri-City News
March 11, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A proposed redevelopment of the 23-acre Woodland Park townhouse complex in Port Moody could become a showcase for mass timber construction. Mark Ostry, a principal at Vancouver-based Acton Ostry Architects, said the use of timber materials in the construction of multi-storey and highrise buildings meshes nicely with the project’s goals for sustainability and respect for environmental sensitivity. “We know first-hand mass timber has many benefits,” he said. “It’s clean and it’s green.” Ostry’s firm designed the Brock Commons Tallwood House at the University of British Columbia.  …Acton Ostry is working with Vancouver developer Edgar Developments on the plan to transform Woodland Park’s 200 rental townhomes into a community of approximately 2,000 homes in a mix of buildings ranging from four to 26 storeys …Peter Edgar, the company’s president, said he would “love to explore” the mass timber option as a way to set a “new standard for responsible development.”

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Selling Cedar in the Age of Climate Change

By Simon Cameron
Building-Products
March 6, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The push to more eco-friendly behavior is changing how we live. It’s affecting our choices in small, incidental actions like using re-fillable coffee cups and recycling plastic bags, to larger life milestones such as the kind of cars we drive or the materials our homes are made of.  Consumers are now expecting businesses to do their part, as well. …So it’s no coincidence organizations like the Softwood Lumber Board are promoting the environmental benefits of wood as a structural material, and the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association is shifting its message strategy to emphasize cedar’s green and sustainable aspects.  As noted in “Don’t Just Sell the Cedar, Sell the Value” (BPD, Sept. 2019, p. 14), WRCLA recommends that its retail members promote the unique properties and value of cedar. Of specific importance is the species’ role as a climate-change mitigator.

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New Brunswick introduces legislation to standardize building codes

The Canadian Consulting Engineer
March 12, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

New legislation was introduced yesterday to put modern building code standards in place across New Brunswick. Dubbed the Building Code Administration Act, the legislation is designed to help ensure the same safety standards are met throughout the province. “We have heard from stakeholders, who have been waiting years for the government to ensure consistency across our province,” says Carl Urquhart, the province’s public safety minister and solicitor general. “This legislation will give our cabinet the authority to adopt the latest version of the NBC, which would allow for the construction of wood-framed buildings of up to six stories.” …The provincial legislation would also allow cabinet to adopt the National Energy Code for Buildings. “That is good news for people who want to see us using New Brunswick resources and lowering everyone’s carbon footprint,” says Urquhart.

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Most Likely (Unlikely) Features in a New Single-Family Home in 2020

By Rose Quint
NAHB – Eye on Housing
March 25, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Home builders make a lot of decisions about… what features to include in the homes they build.  Experience, region, trends, target audience, and many other factors play a role in a decision that directly affects their bottom line. …The graph shows the features builders are most likely to include in their homes in 2020.  At the very top, with average ratings of 4.8 or 4.9 are a walk-in closet in the master bedroom, low-e windows, and a laundry room.  Also likely to show up in homes this year are energy-efficient features:  efficient lighting, programmable thermostat, and Energy Star appliances and windows.  Kitchens most likely will have a central island, a walk-in pantry, and granite countertops.

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During Pandemic, Pallets Truly Move the U.S. Response

By Chaille Brindley
Pallet Enterprise
March 24, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

As the federal government analyzed critical infrastructure amid the COVID-19 crisis, pallets were listed as key to the pandemic response …”The continued development, use and reuse of pallets provides a critical piece of our supply chain,” said Brent McClendon, president and CEO of the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA). “The system for getting important goods where they need to be is rapidly evolving and being pushed harder than ever. Making sure pallets remain a part of that system now will help deliver food, medicines, sanitizers and other essentials that are required to successfully manage a quarantine.” …Beyond pallets, the DHS guidelines also address other sectors in the forest products industry. The DHS identified as critical infrastructure – “Workers who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, and other wood products.” …wood products are a critical raw material for key supplies in the COVID-19 fight.

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Plastic lumber maker Tangent acquires Bedford Technology

By Erin Sloan
Plastics News
March 24, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Tangent Technologies LLC, a manufacturer of high density polyethylene lumber, has acquired extruder Bedford Technology LLC. The sale was… announced March 23 by private equity firm Sterling Group, which owns Tangent. …Aurora, Ill.-based Tangent makes HDPE lumber used for outdoor furniture, structural applications and marine decking. Bedford is a plastic lumber extruder for product lines also used in marine infrastructure projects, boardwalks, fencing and other industrial applications. …The acquisition will allow both companies to increase more sustainable manufacturing capabilities, Jeff Breitzman, president and CEO of Bedford, said. Tangent and Bedford will also seek to expand lines using alternative materials. HDPE has become a leading substitute for traditional building materials in the outdoor sector.

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We can build new climate consensus out of wood

By Jad Daley, CEO, American Forests
The Hill
March 15, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In recent weeks, seeds of climate hope have sprung forth from America’s forests. That’s because the White House embrace of the global trillion trees movement, combined with new GOP-led action on forests and climate change in Congress, have created the opportunity to build new climate change consensus out of wood. …There is no published research or credible scientific leader suggesting that forests alone can solve climate change. …So let’s move past the suggestion that the trillion trees movement is not a legitimate piece of the climate change puzzle. The tougher question is why some climate advocates are not yet willing to accept “yes” for an answer and embrace bipartisan action on forests and climate change. …The stakes are high and our trees are ready to stand tall in slowing climate change, if we will only help them. 

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How mass timber is changing options for builders both now and in the future

By Laura Newpoff
Biz Journals
March 25, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

But wood is back. Now in the 21st century, wood is becoming top of mind for many builders who are creating progressive workspaces made of sustainable materials and delivering more aesthetically pleasing designs to their clients. Other benefits of wood include safer construction sites, cost savings that come from quicker construction schedules and lighter-weight structures that perform well in seismic zones. Factor in changes to the International Building Code that allow mass timber structures to rise from a maximum of six stories to 18 and the opportunity only increases to have wood be a main component of offices, apartments and other commercial projects. The movement has been particularly strong on the West Coast, including in Portland where Swinerton, an ENR-Top 20 general contractor based in San Francisco, has launched a mass timber division.

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Life-Cycle Analysis report highlights the sustainable impact of CLT

Dezeen Magazine
March 25, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Dezeen promotion: a newly published report on the cross-laminated timber supply chain demonstrates the material’s sustainable credentials as it becomes more mainstream in the US. Written by members of the Department of Architecture and School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington, the Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA) report investigates the environmental impact cross-laminated timber (CLT). The authors of the report commissioned by construction company Katerra, carried out an in-depth environmental analysis of both Katerra’s CLT factory and a building constructed from the material. …The LCA report seeks to verify the material’s sustainable credentials, while also showcasing the material’s ability to help deliver better quality buildings in terms of in-use performance and occupant wellbeing. …Reflecting on the report, Katerra’s product engineer Hans-Erik Blomgren concluded that “CLT has proven to be a versatile building block that allows for more efficient, factory-built, and sustainable approaches to design and construction”.

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Skid Row Housing Trust, Michael Maltzan Architecture plan mass-timber housing tower

By Steven Sharp
Urbanize LA
March 23, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Non-profit developer Skid Row Housing Trust and Michael Maltzan Architecture have unveiled plans for a mass-timber high-rise in Downtown Los Angeles. The project, slated for a property at 609-623 E. 5th Street, calls for the construction of a 14-story structure containing 150 studio apartments for formerly homeless persons and one manager’s unit.  The new construction, which would also include ground-floor offices for case management services, would replace an existing five-story residential building. Skid Row Housing Trust has named the project “The Alvidrez,” honoring Mike Alvidrez, the organization’s chief executive officer for 27 years. …the Alvidrez is slated to be built from 12 stories of mass timber above a two-level podium – one of, if not the first, examples of this construction type in Southern California. …”Mass timber systems are typically more fire-resistant, provide strong structural integrity but are lighter in weight, are sustainable, and can provide time-saving efficiency benefits during construction.”

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Michael Maltzan Architecture designs affordable mass timber housing tower for Skid Row

By Shane Reiner-Roth
The Architect’s Newspaper
March 23, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The newest supportive housing development is in the works in the Skid Row neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles at the hand of one of the city’s most experienced designers of the typology. Local firm Michael Maltzan Architecture is currently in the design phase for The Alvidrez, a 14-story tower containing 150 studio apartments and “support spaces” on the ground floor, which may include medication management, primary physical and mental health care, and individual and group counseling.  The massing of The Alvidrez was determined in part by the construction logic of the mass timber frame system that the firm will employ to meet sustainability guidelines, while the units were designed using modular building blocks made of cross-laminated timber (CLT) column, beam, and deck members.

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Best of the Best Projects 2019 – Office/Retail/Mixed-Use: First Tech Federal Credit Union Oregon Corporate Office

By Greg Aragon
Engineering News-Record
March 19, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Though built as one of the largest mass timber projects in the country, the 156,000-sq-ft First Tech Federal Credit Union corporate office was erected in a relatively short time. Thanks to prefabrication, the glulam and cross laminated timber (CLT) building was assembled by a crew of eight in just 12 weeks once material arrived on site. “Prefabrication allowed us to deliver the project four months faster than conventional construction and 4% cheaper,” says William Silva, Swinerton project executive. Mass timber was selected as the structural system over concrete and steel for its financial and schedule advantages and for its biophilic qualities, the team says. The five-story LEED Gold building is located in the middle of a park. The owners wanted the timber frame design to promote health and comfort for employees while bringing in natural light and blurring the lines between the indoor and outdoor environment.

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First-of-Its-Kind Fully Renewable Carton for Milk

By Laura McQuarrie
Trend Hunter
March 17, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Everything from tubes of toothpaste to notoriously hard to recycle produce containers are being reinvented and Clover Sonoma is introducing an innovation of its own with the first fully renewable carton for milk. The paperboard for the new carton will be Forest Stewardship Council certified and the lining used for the carton will be made from fossil-fuel-free bio-derived plastic.  Notably, the carbon footprint of this fully renewable milk carton from Clover Sonoma is 50% lower than conventional cartons and the origins of both the paper board and liner are easily traced.

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Mass timber faces learning curve

By Mateusz Perkowski
The Capital Press
March 17, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

LYONS, Oregon — Going from a manufacturer of “commodity plywood” to “mass plywood panels” has forced the Freres Lumber Co. to alter its mindset. The interaction with buyers of standard plywood was traditionally straightforward, said Rob Freres, the company’s president.” …Working with mass plywood panels and similar “cross-laminated timber” products also requires education on the part of building project developers… said Ethan Martin, Northwest regional manager for WoodWorks, an organization that provides technical assistance for wood construction. …Some states, such as Oregon and Washington, have fast-tracked code approvals for mass timber. “You may find developers hesitant to go after something that hasn’t been officially adopted,” Martin said. …Freres Lumber Co. has bid on about 120 projects worth roughly $55 million, and if it wins contracts for about 30% of those, they should keep the company busy for a year, Freres said.

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Tampa Bay Times reduces print to Sunday, Wednesday; plans to furlough 50 employees

By Megan Holmes
St Pete Catalyst
March 30, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Paul Tash

Tampa Bay Times Chairman and CEO Paul Tash announced Monday that the Times would reduce print editions to Sunday and Wednesday only, starting next week, and simultaneously furlough approximately 50 Times staffers and reduce delivery contracts. The announcement comes after the newspaper lost $1 million in advertising in the last two weeks, as retailers cancelled ads in the midst of tumultuous markets and uncertain economic futures fueled by the coronavirus pandemic. …“Newspaper publishing was already a challenging business, even before the pandemic,” Tash said in an email to subscribers. “More than half our revenue comes from advertisers. The screeching halt to the economy has sent sales plummeting for many businesses, and everybody is anxious about the future.” The bright spot? Tash said digital subscriptions are picking up, even as most coronavirus coverage is free to non-subscribers, and more new subscribers are paying for a full year subscription, not just a one-month promotional offer.

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Pritzker-winning Grafton Architects selected for Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design’s Center for Design and Materials Innovation

By Katherine Guimapang
Archinect
March 20, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The recent recipients of the 2020 Pritzker Prize, Grafton Architects, have been chosen by the University of Arkansas to partner with Modus Studio to design the Anthony Timberlands Center for Design and Materials Innovation.   Founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara are recognized for their outstanding work in building production and projects responding to urban and social issues.  …The estimated $16 million design project will be part of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design and used as a research center for the University’s timber and wood design projects. …The institution is recognized for its extensive work in mass timber and wood design research. …The new center’s design will not only be a representation of the University’s goals and mass timber initiatives, but it will also respond to the local climate and its environment Farrell explains

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The Simple Success Of Corrugated Containers

By Dustin Waters
The Greenville Business Magazine
March 5, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The cardboard box: despite being one of the most ubiquitous objects of modern times, the name is a bit of a misnomer. …Originally used as supportive linings for men’s hats in the 1800s, corrugated paper was first patented for packaging purposes in 1871. Afterwards, it was used to cushion glassware. In 1894 corrugated paper in box form was first produced to transport items for Wells Fargo in New York City. Since that time, little has changed in the product’s overall design. …Data recently released by the Fibre Box Association shows that box shipments remained steady in 2019, with total annual shipments reported at 392 billion square feet. …According to the American Forest and Paper Association, consumption of old corrugated containers at mills in the United States increased by 611,000 tons in 2018 over the previous year, and recovery increased by more than 3.36 million tons.

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Researchers build adhesive-free timber building

By Thomas Barrett
Environment Journal
March 26, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

University of Liverpool engineers have built an eco-friendly timber building that does not use any adhesives in the construction process.  …Engineers designed and constructed a large section of the office space using adhesive-free laminated timber beams and adhesive-free cross laminated timber panels. They used densified wooden dowels and plates to connect the beams with columns rather than metallic fasteners. The dowels and plates are made using softwood from sustainable harvested timber and compressed using a heated hydraulic press to reduce thickness whilst making it denser and stronger than common hardwood. …Liverpool engineer and project lead, Dr Zhongwei Guan said: ‘…The structure we have designed and built is arguably the first building in the world to be constructed using this compressed wood technology! It showcases a …method of connecting wood and joining structures using compressed wood dowels and fasteners without the use of adhesives or metal products.

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United front urged to ensure safety regulations make sense

By Janet Sycamore, Timber Decking and Cladding Association
Timber Trades Journal
March 27, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Janet Sycamore

One year after banning the use of combustible materials for high-rise buildings, the government reviewed the effectiveness of its decision. …A staggering proportion believed the wording of the ban and associated guidance need to be amended to improve clarity – it was felt that the legislation was confusing and causing technical specification problems. This has certainly been reflected in the nature of enquiries received by the Timber Decking and Cladding Association – with over the top decisions sometimes being taken to unnecessarily remove or omit wood from projects unaffected by the ban. …the legislation is not actually doing anything… because of its lack of clarity. …legislation is focused on two terms: ‘combustible’ and ‘non-combustible’ With timber being classed as combustible it falls into the same generic group as …non-timber cladding products. Yet, the ‘reaction to fire’ properties of timber can be significantly improved with flame retardant technologies… It’s a point not even considered by the original ban.

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Cepezed’s new offices are a demonstration of circular design

By Lloyd Alter
Treehugger
March 25, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Design for deconstruction out of low-carbon materials is the way of the future. We love wood construction because it stores carbon for the life of the building. But people often ask, “What about when the life of the building is over?” The answer is what has been called design for deconstruction, and now Cepezed architects call circular design. …The Netherlands has set itself the goal of rendering all construction activities fully circular by 2050, while Cepezed has a long reputation for modular and demountable design and construction. Moreover, director Menno Rubbens of developer Cepezed projects is part of the national program committee to achieve the national circularity goals. …Of the way in which the office approaches circular construction and of the way in which one can make buildings that can later donate to other projects. Or even be reused elsewhere in their entirety.

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Vincent Callebaut Designs a Modular Mass Timber Tower on the Island of Cebu, in the Philippines

By Christele Harrouk
Arch Daily
March 24, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Vincent Callebaut Architectures has imagined The Rainbow Tree, a modular mass timber condominium tower in Cebu City, Philippines. Revealing the cultural and natural Filipino heritage, the project, named after an iconic and colorful tree from the Philippines the Rainbow Eucalyptus, was entirely conceived in a way to reduce the carbon footprint of the building. Aiming to build a residential structure with the double environmental certification of LEED and BERDE, the project “offers the perfect balance between mixed cultural heritage and natural heritage of unparalleled splendor”. With notions of passive bioclimatism and advanced renewable energies, The Rainbow Tree opts for a structure made of wood, the only natural, abundant, and renewable material, overlayed with more than 30,000 greeneries from the neighboring tropical forests.

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We must build green to meet the housing shortage

By Confederation of Timber Industries
Politics Home
March 23, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Following the launch of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission’s report, the Housing Secretary has said that he wants to see zero-carbon homes being built “as standard” within 5 years. David Hopkins, Director at the Confederation of Timber Industries, argues we have no time to waste and discusses how switching focus to building homes with timber can achieve this now. The construction industry is faced with a paradox – charged with building more houses, whilst reducing the amount carbon produced. When looking at the emissions of the industry over the last decade, the trend is worrying – with total emissions from construction climbing rather than falling. Building more resilient, efficient, sustainable and attractive homes is key to addressing this conundrum. …Currently, only around 22% of homes in England are built using timber frames, with only a slightly higher percentage UK-wide. This represents a significant missed opportunity.

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$12.1m loan for WET will boost jobs, spending

The Gisborne Herald
March 21, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Shaun Bosson, Gavin Murphy & Richard Searle

New funding for wood processing facilities here is expected to create more work for Gisborne businesses outside the wood industry.  A regional support package for Tairawhiti was yesterday announced by the Government, along with a $12.1 million loan from the Provincial Growth Fund for WET Gisborne Ltd.  Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said the loan would accelerate the development of WET Gisborne Ltd’s wood processing production line, which will produce a laminated structural wood product at the Wood Cluster Centre of Excellence at Matawhero.  In addition, a $2.98 million loan will go towards the Wood Cluster Centre of Excellence combined heat and power plant, which is integral to the overall success of the Wood Cluster.  …“This investment is another way the Government is supporting Gisborne and the wider region as the forestry industry experiences the effects of Covid-19.

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UK Wood Awards 2020 launches call for entries

The Timber Trades Journal
March 18, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

UK — 2020 is the 50th anniversary of the Wood Awards, celebrating British architecture and product design using wood. Established in 1971, the Wood Awards recognises, encourages and promotes outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation throughout the UK. …Anyone associated with a building or product completed in the last two years, has until 22 May to submit their applications. …Sponsors of the Wood Awards 2020 are American Hardwood Export Council and The Carpenters’ Company. Other current sponsors include American Softwoods, Arnold Laver, Timber Trade Federation, and TRADA.

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Digital transformation expected to boost export of forestry products

Vietnam News
March 18, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s export value of wood and wood products reached US$1.53 billion in the first two months of this year, marking a year-on-year increase of 10.1 per cent, according to a report by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The US, Japan, China, the Republic of Korea and the EU continued to be the five most important markets of Việt Nam, with total export turnover reaching over $9.3 billion, accounting for 90 per cent of the total export value of the whole industry. Of which, the US had become a huge market for the Vietnamese wood industry. Insiders said that forestry products were one of the few products seeing export growth in both volume and value as COVID-19 threatens economic development in countries around the world. However, in the long term, the impact of the epidemic would be unavoidable, so the timber industry would have to find a new direction.

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Paul Cocksedge to install CLT bridge over Cape Town river

By Amy Frearson
Dezeen Magazine
March 16, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

British designer Paul Cocksedge has unveiled plans to build a cross-laminated timberbridge across the Liesbeek River in Cape Town. London-based Cocksedge plans to use eucalyptus, an invasive tree species in South Africa, to create the Exploded View bridge. By transforming this wood into cross-laminated timber, or CLT, the material becomes much stronger, making it a viable and more sustainable alternative to steel or concrete. Indigenous to Australia, eucalyptus trees such as forest red gum and karri were introduced to South Africa in the early 19th century, for plantation timber, but also for shade and shelter. They have become a problem as they require more water than other species, particularly as South Africa recently suffered a severe water shortage. “It is an invasive, alien species of tree in South Africa, which is causing a lot of environmental problems,” Cocksedge told Dezeen.

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Scientists are leading Notre Dame’s restoration—and probing mysteries laid bare by its devastating fire

By Christa Lesté-Lasserre
Science Magazine
March 12, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Eight restoration scientists put on hard hats and heavy-duty boots and stepped inside the blackened shell of Notre Dame de Paris, the world’s most famous cathedral. Ten days earlier, a fire had swept through its attic, melted its roof, and sent its spire plunging like an arrow into the heart of the sacred space. …The charred remnants of attic timbers have stories of their own to tell, says Alexa Dufraisse, a CNRS researcher heading the wood group. Variations in thickness, density, and chemical composition of growth rings reveal climatic conditions year by year. “Wood registers absolutely everything while it’s growing,” she says. Notre Dame’s oak beams grew in the 12th and 13th centuries, a warm period known as the Medieval Climate Optimum. By connecting the growth ring record with what’s known about economic conditions at the time, researchers hope to see how climate variations affected medieval society, she says.

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Engineers describe their most innovative timber projects

By Matthew Marani
The Architect’s Newspaper
March 11, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Architect’s Newspaper surveyed some of the leading practices in timber structure and facade engineering about the most innovative projects they worked on over the past year. Their responses highlight advanced applications of timber, ranging from a hybrid tower underway in Canada to greenhouse domes popping up in China. Paul Fast, Founding Partner, Fast + Epp …Eric McDonnell, Principal, Holmes Structures …Chris Carbone, Company Steward and Engineer, Bensonwood …Andrew Lawrence, Associate Director and Global Timber Specialist, ARUP …Lucas Epp, Head of Engineering, Structurecraft …Anne Monnier, Principal, KPFF

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How Graham tuned in to timber while transforming a site with a musical history

By Caroline Wadham
Construction News UK
March 11, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The site of Graham’s Gramophone Works redevelopment, in Notting Hill, north-west London, has had a colourful history. Built in the 1930s it originally housed a paint plant before operating as a gramophone factory and, most recently, as the headquarters and recording studios of Saga Records. …Now, contractor Graham has been tasked with transforming the former basement and two upper-storey headquarters into 65,000 square feet of work space within a transformed six upper-storey structure. …Cross-laminated and glulam timber will feature prominently in the new building, the latter of which provides the structural integrity needed to increase the footprint of the former building in both width and length. …Harman explains the materials appealed because of their carbon-friendly properties. According to Graham, the wood used absorbed the equivalent of 1,066 tonnes of CO2 as it grew, yielding a negative carbon footprint. The material’s light weight and simple assembly features also made it an easy choice.

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Groupwork designs 30-storey stone skyscraper

By Tom Ravenscroft
Dezeen
March 10, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Amin Taha’s architecture studio Groupwork has collaborated with structural engineer Webb Yates to design a conceptual 30-storey stone office block that would be cheaper and more sustainable than concrete or steel equivalents. Groupwork and Webb Yates designed the skyscraper to investigate how the cost and sustainability impact of a tall building with a stone structure compared to one with a concrete or steel structure. The research found that large commercial buildings could be built more cheaply and with less of an environmental impact using stone rather than concrete or steel. …Combining a stone frame with cross-laminated timber (CLT) floors would further reduce levels of embodied carbon and could create carbon negative buildings. Timber can be a carbon-negative material, as trees capture CO2 and store it in wood. “A combination of stone exoskeleton with CLT floor slabs is cheaper than the equivalent building using steel or concrete frames and with a negative carbon footprint,” explained Taha.

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EU wood product exports up 1% in 2019

EUWID
March 5, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

In 2019, the EU exported wood products with a total value of Euro 22.3 billion, a 1% increase compared to 2018 (Euro 22.1 billion) but below 2017 (Euro 22.4 billion) when exports were at record levels, as ITTO reported.  Although EU exports of wood furniture, sawnwood, panels, and ‘other’ joinery products, this was offset by a rise in exports of energy wood, flooring, other processed products and, particularly notable, a sharp increase in log exports, much of it comprising softwood and destined for China.  The combined effect of last year’s large rise in EU imports, balanced by a more moderate growth in EU exports, was to reduce the EU’s trade surplus in timber products with the rest of the world from Euro 2.37 billion in 2018 to Euro 1.81 billion last year.

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Aussie woodchips keep toilet paper rolling

By Jenne Brammer
The West Australian
March 6, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Australia has enough wood fibre to keep up with the demand for toilet paper, according to WA Plantation Resources chief executive Ian Telfer. He said Australia had no chance of running out of raw materials for toilet paper, which is made from softwood plantations such as pine, using thinning and sawmill residues. Mr Telfer made the assurances amid the the panic buying which is stripping supermarket shelves of toilet paper, causing altercations among customers, and prompting retailers to place limits on purchases. Kleenex was manufacturing round-the-clock at its facility in South Australia, as was Sorbent in New South Wales and Victoria. ABC Tissue, the maker of Quilton, has tripled production in its factories in Queensland, New South Wales and Forrestfield. Typically, WA sawmill and pine residues are exported as woodchips to factories in south-east Asia, where they are pulped, Mr Telfer said.

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Dubai Woodshow 2020 will now take place June 9 -11, 2020

Dubai WoodShow
March 6, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Dubai Woodshow 2020, is rescheduled and will now take place June 9 -11 2020 in Dubai. This is part of preventive and precautionary measures to ensure the safety of all of the participants and the aims to provide the worldwide wood community with a high quality annual business event in June with participation of international visitors. We will be keeping you informed on a regular basis about Dubai WoodShow in June.

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Out of the woods: the environmental challenges facing guitar makers

By Adam Bradbury
Guitar World
March 26, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building

Chris Martin

Traditional tonewoods are under pressure. Can luthiers create a new generation of planet-friendly acoustic guitars? …It’s a question that’s been getting harder to dodge for some years – and especially since the multilateral wildlife treaty CITES moved in 2017 to protect a handful of wood species that happen to be favoured by acoustic guitar makers and players. In truth, the trade clampdown was just the latest sign that business as usual is no longer an option for traditional tonewoods – the tropical species such as rosewoods and mahoganies, and mountain-grown softwoods like Sitka spruce. Rising prices, tightening supplies, falling quality, ecological pressures… all have been in play for some time. …The industry has done “too good a job of convincing the vast majority of guitar players that high-end acoustic guitars must be made from rosewood, mahogany, ebony and spruce,” says Martin Guitars CEO, Chris Martin IV. “And, yeah, they work – but other woods work also.”

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