Category: Wood

DESIGNING WITH WOOD

Northwest Hardwoods Donates Lumber to Oregon State University’s Forestry Program

“Northwest Hardwoods’ donation will enable us to build a new, engineered wood facility that will inspire students and create a beautiful, inviting and healthy space for them to learn,” Oregon State University College of Forestry acting dean Anthony S. Davis said. “Grown and made in Oregon, the facility will reinforce our status as a place where students go to find innovative solutions to complex challenges, so they can improve our forest landscapes, ecosystems, and communities.”

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Structural Plywood, OSB Exempt from New Formaldehyde Ruling

Composite wood products must meet new federal formaldehyde emissions regulations as of June 1, 2018. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation defines composite wood products as particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF), and hardwood (decorative) plywood. These products are required to be certified as compliant with the new regulation, which intends to ensure that all domestic and imported composite wood panels, and the finished products containing them, meet the world’s most stringent standards for formaldehyde emissions.

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Unique wooden roof structure with laminated veneer lumber

Designed to blend into the surrounding scenery, a unique roof construction of the new dining hall is the centrepiece of the regional college in Schwäbisch Gmünd. Visitors see a suspended roof, which is perfectly integrated into the landscape. The unusual roof construction was designed by German Liebel/Architekten and it was constructed using Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL products.

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Sustainability of Mass Timber Buildings

The construction and operation of buildings accounts for nearly half of all emissions linked to global warming. The building design and construction community has responded to this fact by improving the energy efficiency of buildings and by building with low embodied carbon materials. The structural system is the primary contributor to the overall embodied carbon footprint of a building. This aspect has led designers to explore low embodied carbon structural materials such as mass timber.

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Wood Plays a Critical Role in Transforming Communities

In support of this year’s AIA theme, Blueprint for Better Cities, Think Wood will attend the AIA Conference on Architecture to share research and resources on the benefits of wood and how it offers better solutions for the communities where we work, live and play.

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Rethinking details with Passive House

University of Northern British Columbia’s Wood Innovation Research Laboratory will soon be the first certified Passive House higher education building in Canada – a particularly impressive feat due to the cold climate in Prince George. The facility features a wood structure and has been conceived as a modest building inspired by passive design principles and wood innovation.

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Nominations Now Open for 2019 Wood Design Awards

“Wood buildings have been impressing people for centuries and they keep getting better,” said Jennifer Cover, PE, WoodWorks’ President and CEO. “If I had to choose one word to describe the current state of wood building design, it would be ‘innovative.’ Products like cross-laminated timber and nail-laminated timber are expanding the opportunities for wood—and there are a lot of pioneering designers out there leveraging this newfound creative potential. However, there are also a lot of designers using traditional wood products in innovative ways—to create buildings that are extraordinary for their elegance or how they meet specific performance objectives. I can’t wait to see the ways people have expressed wood’s attributes in this year’s nominations.”

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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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How to Design Zero Energy Buildings for School Projects by Eddy Santosa, CBCP, LEED® AP BD+C, BEMP . Photo: James Patterson Elementary School - Richmond, Texas (Architect: Huckabee). The building was designed to achieve Ultra-Low-Energy Building and it utilizes extensive sustainable, durable and environmentally sound materials and includes natural daylighting, and good indoor air quality.

How to Design Zero Energy Buildings for School Projects by Eddy Santosa, CBCP, LEED® AP BD+C, BEMP . Photo: James Patterson Elementary School - Richmond, Texas (Architect: Huckabee). The building was designed to achieve Ultra-Low-Energy Building and it utilizes extensive sustainable, durable and environmentally sound materials and includes natural daylighting, and good indoor air quality.

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