Category: Wood

DESIGNING WITH WOOD

Building with Timber: A Sustainable and Effective Alternative to Traditional Building Materials

Timber construction offers several advantages to the building industry, including: sustainability – timber is a renewable and naturally regenerating resource; structural versatility – timber offers strength and durability; and visual appeal – timber delivers an aesthetically pleasing, natural beauty. Two commonly found types of prefabricated, engineered wood products are glued laminated timber and cross-laminated timber.

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Axalta Expands Industrial Wood Manufacturing Capability

Axalta has increased its manufacturing capability for its global industrial business by investing in the 56,000 square foot Northern Stacks complex in Fridley, Minnesota. Axalta will use the facility for research and development, focused application work for its Industrial Wood coatings business, and warehousing and coatings production across its focused business segments. The building will begin production scale-up next month.

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Synergy Wood Products Fuses Rustic with Contemporary in Launch of Seaside

Seaside fuses rustic with contemporary by adding texture and character to traditional shiplap, delivering coastal comfort to interior design. A 100% wood product, Seaside is produced from Ponderosa Pine and recommended for interior wall and ceiling applications. Seaside will leverage interior design trends through its proprietary multilayer finishing process, delivering an unparalleled and sophisticated addition to any environment.

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Sherwin-Williams Industrial Wood Coatings Launches Industry-First Online Inspiration Tool

“We’re excited to be pioneers in the industry when it comes to offering wood product designers the ability to securely source the latest colors and finishes on a wide array of wood species with the click of a button,” said Joe Kujawski, Global Director of Marketing, Sherwin-Williams Industrial Wood Coatings Division. “The Virtual Panel Studio is the fastest and easiest way for designers and product developers to not only find inspiration for a perfect finish—but also their competitive edge.” 

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PPG and The Home Depot expand partnership with launch of OLYMPIC stain products

PPG and THE HOME DEPOT® today announced an expanded partnership to offer PPG’s OLYMPIC® brand stains in its nearly 2,000 locations across the U.S. This partnership combines the woodcare performance of Olympic stains with the largest retailer of exterior stains. Stain products, including Olympic MAXIMUM®, Olympic ELITE™ and Olympic WATERGUARD® will become available at most of these Home Depot locations by the end of the second quarter 2018.

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Hackathon gave rise to creative wooden extensions with MIT and Aalto university

The second Open Source Wood Hackathon took place at Metsä Group’s headquarters in Espoo on 27 March. Two world-class architecture universities met with the aim of developing innovative solutions for residential wooden extensions. The hackathon is part of Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood initiative aiming to increase openness and global collaboration to make wood construction grow.

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Think Wood Research Library Answers Industry Call for More Research

News articles and reports increasingly cite fire and seismic safety concerns related to wood design and construction with a call for more research. Think Wood, an industry-driven initiative that provides research and resources on the benefits of using softwood lumber in multifamily residential and non-residential building applications, is answering this call. The Think Wood Research Library, launched in 2017, is now stocked with nearly 900 unique pieces of research to aid architects, engineers and other industry professionals in building safe, high-performing buildings that can stand the test of time.

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WFPA: State lawmakers boost mass timber and rural communities

Mass timber products like cross-laminated timber (CLT) have been on the upswing in Washington in recent years. Last year, Vaagen Brothers Lumber of Colville. Wash., and Katerra, a California company, each announced they were building CLT factories in Eastern Washington, and CLT is increasingly being used in buildings around the state. However, one impediment to the wider use of mass timber products in construction has been that building codes have not been updated to account for the new building materials.

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"Smart Glass: Options for Creating a Sustainable, Glare-free Environment" by Josh Hogan, vice-president of sales operations for Halio North America/ Advances in electrochromic technologies have given building owners new options for maintaining their views and daylight, which studies have shown to boost vitality, productivity, and improve sleep by helping people keep in sync with their circadian rhythms. When used to block the sun’s heat and admit daylight, electrochromic or smart-tinting glass has been proven to reduce the energy used for air conditioning and electric lighting, providing as much as 20% in energy savings over low-E glass. Photo courtesy of Kinestral Technologies

"Smart Glass: Options for Creating a Sustainable, Glare-free Environment" by Josh Hogan, vice-president of sales operations for Halio North America/ Advances in electrochromic technologies have given building owners new options for maintaining their views and daylight, which studies have shown to boost vitality, productivity, and improve sleep by helping people keep in sync with their circadian rhythms. When used to block the sun’s heat and admit daylight, electrochromic or smart-tinting glass has been proven to reduce the energy used for air conditioning and electric lighting, providing as much as 20% in energy savings over low-E glass. Photo courtesy of Kinestral Technologies

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