Category Archives: Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood, Paper & Green Building

TimberFever 8th annual competition returns in-person this year

By TimberFever
Northern Ontario Business
September 16, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Today, Moses Structural Engineers announces the return of TimberFever 2022, 8th annual design-build competition, in person after two years of virtual competitions due to COVID-19. Starting Thursday, September 15th, 2022, the four-day competition will take place at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU). With limited time and resources, architecture and engineering students from across North America will compete in building life-size structures based on a given theme that will address a current issue. “Student competitions including TimberFever offer great opportunities for innovation and experiential learning.” says Dr. Medhat Shehata, professor of Civil Engineering and associate dean at TMU. “Participants also learn from the expertise of the industry partners and guest speakers.” …TimberFever offers an opportunity for future architects, engineers and professional trades to get to work together and networking opportunities prior to graduation.

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How Winnipeg’s Forest Pavilion was built with climate change in mind

By Leila El Shennawy
Maclean’s Magazine
September 21, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Crescent Drive Park in Winnipeg has always been a destination for trail-walking, skating and canoeing. But until recently, the park’s only standing structure was a 900-square-foot picnic shelter with a gable roof, built in the mid-1960s. It didn’t just lack architectural flair. The shelter’s open-air portico also meant it wasn’t visitor-friendly throughout all four seasons—and it was extremely vulnerable to rising river levels. As flooding becomes more frequent across the Prairies, architects are designing newer structures with climate change in mind. Opened in 2021, and located at the park’s geographic high point, Forest Pavilion is built for life in the Red River flood zone. Liz Wreford and Peter Sampson, founders of Winnipeg’s Public City Architecture, drew up sketches for the $1.5-million project in 2015, and it ended up taking six years to complete.

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Global Buyers Mission 2022 Recap

BC Wood Specialties Group
September 20, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC Wood is pleased to have welcomed over 600 delegates from all over the world to Whistler, BC Canada for the 19th Annual Global Buyers Mission, held September 8th to 10th, 2022. …After joining us on the Mountain for our Thursday evening Welcome Reception at the Roundhouse Lodge, CEO Brian Hawrysh and Board Chairman Grant McKinnon from Pacific Homes welcomed our Opening Ceremony guest speaker, the Honourable Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, and also welcomed the participation of Honourable George Chow, BC’s Minister of State for Trade. This year, we registered international buyers from Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States. …We also hosted North American architects, designers, contractors, developers, engineers and specifiers to our WoodTALKS™ program, held in conjunction with the GBM. 

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Getting technical and going taller with timber

naturally:wood
September 13, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…buildings account for 17 percent of Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and buildings generate nearly 40 percent of annual global CO2 emissions. As a result, there is a growing interest in taller wood construction as a low-carbon building alternative and a growing need to advance technical know-how that can take timber buildings to new heights. FPInnovations’ 2022 edition of its Technical Guide for the Design and Construction of Tall Wood Buildings in Canada … demonstrates the important contribution of wood structures and sustainable forestry to the long-term storage of carbon and reducing embodied carbon of buildings. The updated guide takes into account substantial regulatory changes that were made in the 2020 edition of the National Building Code of Canada such as the addition of encapsulated mass timber construction of up to 12 storeys; the approved use of 12-storey mass timber gravity systems; and alternative solutions to construct wood buildings taller than 12 storeys.

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VIU mass-timber building innovates while adding to wood construction push

By Warren Frey
Journal of Commerce
September 19, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new mass-timber project is both a first for Vancouver Island University (VIU) and another step forward for B.C.’s Wood First policy. VIU is building an $87.8-million nine-storey mass timber student housing project that will include 266 student beds at its Nanaimo, B.C. campus. VIU’s Richard Lewis said, “it allowed us to do some things that maybe were a little unique, including extending the build height and provided us a lot of benefits around seismic properties as well as environmental benefits”. …Vancouver architecture firm Perkins&Will created designs for the business case submission, Lewis said, but the procurement process is in early stages and no project architect has been chosen yet. “Our plan is to have it open in September 2025, so we’re pushing forward with procurement right away and we’ll be looking at kicking off the detailed design process late this year or early next year,” Lewis said.

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Testing the safety of hybrid buildings

University of Northern British Columbia
September 16, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ramla Qureshi

Combining steel and wood in building design can make our structures more sustainable, but how do these hybrid buildings handle fire, earthquakes and other cascading events? University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Civil Engineering Assistant Professor Dr. Ramla Qureshi is putting steel-wood hybrid designs to the test… “Engineers need to have a certain level of reliability in a structure’s performance against extreme hazards such as earthquakes and fires throughout the building’s life cycle,” Qureshi explains. …By adopting designs with steel frames and using Cross-Laminated Timber or other similar wood products for floor slabs and wall panels, buildings can maintain structural performance and achieve sustainability goals. Replacing concrete with wood has the added benefit of making buildings lighter, decreasing the demand on structural columns and enabling the use of timber in taller structures. Yet, concerns remain about how these hybrid designs will react when disaster strikes.

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UBC engineering students’ aircraft model features BC wood in international competition

The University of British Columbia
September 14, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

UBC AeroDesign students are showcasing hometown pride with their use of BC wood in their newest competitive aircraft models. Each year, international competitors gather at the SAE Aero Design Competition in the US, to pit their fixed-wing, electrical-powered, remote-controlled aircraft against each other in specific design challenges. Built for the 2022 Regular Class design challenge, UBC AeroDesign’s model features balsa and BC-grown Sitka spruce in its fixed wing. “The spar is the most important structural element of the wing as it carries the weight of the wings,” said Vincent Liu, UBC AeroDesign team captain and a fourth-year mechanical engineering student. “Sitka spruce is light, strong and flexible, which makes it an ideal material for this challenge.” …For insight into wood fabrication methods and tolerances for their 2022 model, the team turned to the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing at UBC Faculty of Forestry.

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Third intake open for mass timber construction funding

By Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation
Government of British Columbia
September 13, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

As Mass Timber Demonstration Program (MTDP) projects prepare to break ground, businesses, local governments and First Nations can apply to the program’s third intake and choose to build with mass timber in B.C. communities. The Government of B.C. is investing $2 million into the third intake of the MTDP, building on $5.4 million already invested to support 12 mass timber building projects and four research projects from the first two intakes. “Mass timber helps reduce our carbon footprint, adds value to our forestry sector and provides new opportunities for jobs, growth and innovation in every corner of the province,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “As we gather at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention, we are excited about the opportunity for more communities to look to mass timber for their building needs as we continue growing an inclusive, sustainable, clean economy that works for all British Columbians.”

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Fort St. James company bringing new outlook to forestry sector

By Steve Kidd
The Vanderhoof Omineca Express
September 7, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Deadwood Innovations pilot project in Fort St. James is proceeding through its development stages according to Owen Miller, president of Deadwood. “We call our process wood modification. It’s completely novel. There are no comparable engineered wood products on the market,” said Miller. “We achieve wood modification through a combination of mechanical and chemistry innovations. We take the tree apart, slightly, and then put it back together through a combination of mechanical and chemical forces.” The pilot-scale manufacturing plant is sited at the former Tl’Oh Forest Products mill. …The province of B.C. is helping out with funding provided through the Indigenous Forest Bioeconomy Program, supports increased Indigenous participation in the forest sector and the development of an Indigenous-led forest bioeconomy in B.C. The aim is to increase the use of fibre and create economic opportunities.

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More on-campus housing for Vancouver Island University

By Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training
Government of British Columbia
September 2, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

More students who study at Vancouver Island University Nanaimo campus will be able to live where they learn with the addition of 266 new student housing beds and a new dining hall. …The Province is providing $87 million toward the $87.8-million project. The new housing will increase on-campus student accommodations by more than 50%: from 536 beds to 802 beds. The nine-storey hybrid mass-timber building will include 266 new student beds, a common area for students to study and gather, and a new dining hall for students living in campus housing.

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Adera launches two mass timber projects in Vancouver

The REMI Network
September 2, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Adera Development Corporation announced it is bringing two mass timber residential developments to the Vancouver market this fall. Pura, a 248-unit townhouse and condo project will be the first to get underway in late September, followed by Sol in October, a 201-unit residential development featuring a mix of condo and rental units. According to Eric Andreasen, Adera’s senior vice president, marketing & sales, there has already been substantial interest in the projects. …Adera, which specializes in six-storey residential projects, is a well-established brand in Western Canada, known for incorporating mass timber into its building designs. Educating the public on the benefits of wood construction has been a large part of the company’s mandate, and one of the toughest obstacles it’s had to overcome due to long-held misconceptions about the safety and efficacy of wood in construction. 

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On-campus student housing opens at University of BC

By Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training
Government of British Columbia
September 1, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

University of Victoria students are benefiting from more on-campus housing with the first of two new student-housing buildings opening, ready for students to move in and call the spaces home. …The first student housing building has been built and completed on schedule. The second student housing building will be complete a year ahead of schedule in summer 2023. …Wood is incorporated into the building designs through mass-timber structural elements in the first building and wood finishes in the second building. …Mass timber can match or exceed the structural performance of concrete and steel while reducing carbon emissions by as much as 45%. Both buildings have been designed and constructed to achieve Passive House and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) V4 Gold certification.

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Thunder Woman Healing Lodge in Toronto to incorporate mass timber and net-zero elements

By Angela Gismondi
The Daily Commercial News
September 20, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada East

TORONTO, Ontario — Chandos Construction is building a new, seven-storey residential building in Toronto for the Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society that will provide transitional housing and support for formerly incarcerated Indigenous women. The design includes mass timber and net-zero elements and will be built in collaboration with Indigenous trades. For the team building the Thunder Woman Healing Lodge in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, Ont., incorporating green and sustainable elements is an integral part of the project, but the availability and cost of materials is creating challenges. …Once built, the seven-storey lodge, located at 2217 Kingston Rd., will provide transitional housing and wraparound supports for formerly incarcerated Indigenous women. The building, which will be the only facility of its kind in Ontario, will incorporate the Indigenous healing lodge tradition, a community-based residential healing space and a transitional rental housing program under one roof.

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PhD student aims to reduce pulp and paper’s environmental footprint, inspire underprivileged youth

By Tyler Irving
University of Toronto News
September 13, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada East

Gaius St. Marie

For Gaius St. Marie, a doctoral degree in chemical engineering and applied chemistry at the University of Toronto is not only a way to pursue his passion for science, technology and sustainability – but also to serve as a role model for his community. For his PhD thesis, St. Marie will work with an industrial consortium that includes many pulp and paper producers to help the industry lower its environmental impact by understanding the factors that cause fluctuations in the composition of black liquor… While black liquor is typically recycled, fluctuations in its composition can hinder this process. By developing a model to help pulp and paper mills predict and account for these fluctuations, St. Marie hopes to give them the tools to be even more efficient in their use of resources. …St. Marie is a recipient of this year’s IBET Momentum Fellowship… to support and build a network for Indigenous and Black graduate students…

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New guide to reduce environmental footprint through digitalization of design and analysis in timber structures

FPInnovations
September 6, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada East

Montreal, Quebec FPInnovations, a non-profit specializing in creating solutions that support the global competitiveness of the Canadian forest sector, and its government and industry partners, today launches its new Modelling Guide for Timber Structure. This a one-of-a-kind document gathers state-of-the-art information on the structural analysis of timber construction, providing practicing engineers with modern and innovative design tools that will facilitate the construction of taller and larger wood buildings. The guide, developed in collaboration with more than 100 experts from 13 countries, comprises a wide range of practical and advanced modelling topics, including key modelling principles, methods, and techniques specific to timber structures, modelling approaches, and considerations for wood-based components, connections, and assemblies. It also provides analytical approaches and considerations for timber structures during progressive collapse, wind, and earthquake events. The guide also presents the differences in the modelling approaches to timber, steel, and concrete structures.

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Hempcrete on track for US Building Code approval

By Andriana Ruscitto
Cannabis Business Times
September 21, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The U.S. Hemp Building Association (USHBA) is dedicated to advocating for and supporting the hemp building industry. In early January, the association submitted hemp-lime (hempcrete) insulation for certification in U.S. building codes. If the certification gets approved, “hempcrete would be permitted as a standard material for residential construction,” Jacob Waddell, USHBA then-interim executive director, told Cannabis Business Times in February. Cannabis Business Times caught up with Henry Gage Jr., USHBA president and certifications director, to discuss where that certification stands, as well as the association’s latest advancements in the hemp building industry and what it has in store for 2023. …The overview is that we presented before the council (International Code Council (ICC)), and it was overwhelmingly approved as a recommendation. So, it’s on track for approval in addition to the international residential building code.

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Think WOOD Newsletter

Think Wood
September 16, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Explore how mass timber can improve the health and well-being of staff and students in a new practical report from Mithun. Delve deeper and earn HSW credit in our AIA-accredited course Designing Modern Wood Schools. And from cedar and pine to fir and spruce, discover the best softwood species for your next residential project. 

  • How Mass Timber Schools Can Boost Well-Being Without Breaking the Bank
  • Get Schooled on Wood School Design and Earn HSW Credit
  • Choosing the Right Softwood Species for Your Next Residential Project

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Enter to win a limited print edition of the 2022 Mass Timber Design Manual

By Think Wood
The Softwood Lumber Board
September 13, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Would you like to receive a limited print edition of the 2022 Mass Timber Design Manual? Take our short survey for your chance to win a copy of Volume 2. The Mass Timber Design Manual is an interactive, comprehensive collection of the most up-to-date industry resources on mass timber design best practices, taller wood, and sustainability. The 2022 edition features 30+ pages of new content, including 10+ cutting-edge case studies, expert Q+As, and downloadable resources on construction management, CLT diaphragms, and more.

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Winners of the 2022 Timber in the City competition showcase wood design in architecture

By Josh Niland
The Archinect
September 9, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the Softwood Lumber Board have just revealed the winners of the 2022 Timber in the City 4: Urban Habitats Competition in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design. The competition is meant to highlight innovations in wood design using different types of building systems in a year that has seen record-breaking applications of mass timber construction. …ACSA Executive Director Michael Monti said: “This year’s designs imagine a transformation of our cities through sustainable buildings, renewable timber resources, and innovative techniques to build and design healthy environments.” A total of 3 prize winners and 5 honorable mention projects were selected from a field of more than 600 participating ACSA member schools. 1st Place Winner: Pine Hill Peter Koczarski & ZhongMing Peter Zhang (Faculty Sponsor: Caroline Grieco). Institution: New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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Continuing Education: Mass Timber on the Rise

By Joann Gonchar
Architectural Record
September 1, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Being the “tallest” was never the goal for the Ascent, a 284-foot-high timber-framed residential tower in Milwaukee, says Jason Korb, principal at Korb + Associates Architects, the building’s design firm. Nevertheless, over the course of the project’s design phase, the scheme grew several times, starting at 19 stories and eventually reaching 25, as codevelopers New Land Enterprises and Wiechmann Enterprises sought economies of scale. Now complete, it was designated, by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), a Chicago-based nonprofit, the world’s tallest timber tower in July, just days after the first residents started moving into the 259 one- to three-bedroom market-rate apartments. The Milwaukee project supersedes the previous record holder, the mixed-use 280-foot, 18-story Mjøstårnet, in Brumunddal, Norway, completed in 2019, by only 4 feet.

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New California Projects Respond To Heightened Fire Threats

By Brittany
California Examiner
September 21, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

CALIFORNIA — More than 2.7 million people in the state resided in “extremely high” fire threat zones in 2018. The amount of fuel produced by the local ecosystem and the likelihood of igniting owing to local human factors and climatic circumstances are the two primary factors used to arrive at the grade. Wildfires have been suppressed for the previous 70 years, which has greatly increased fuel and the likelihood of major fire. …Due to the devastating consequences of record-breaking wildfires on human settlements, the question becomes how to live in harmony with fire. Our newest solutions are showcased in four different case studies. …An intricate strategy that takes into account the interconnectedness of urban, suburban, and rural issues will be necessary in the coming decades. Although rigorous regulations on where construction can take place are necessary, “there still need to be deliberate development and a good amount of density”.

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State explores ways to certify Alaska wood for lumber in home and building construction

The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman
September 19, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

It costs Alaskans $20 million a year to import lumber, mostly from Canada, that has the quality inspection stamps required by lending institutions who finance most home and building construction. Alaska has a lot small local sawmills that need customers. Ironically, the lack of a state lumber inspection and certification program forces Alaska builders to import lumber from places out-of-state where the certifications can be done, and that adds to costs. The Alaska Division of Forestry and Fire Protection wants to change that. The agency is developing a new program to increase the use of Alaskan wood by allowing local sawmill operators to self-certify their lumber, the division said Sept 16. Local Use Lumber is a concept that promotes locally produced dimensional lumber to be used in some residential construction, usually single and double family houses. 

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USDA Climate-Smart Forestry Project could lead to more affordable housing in Tacoma

By Lionel Donovan
King 5 News
September 15, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

TACOMA, Wash. — The US Department of Agriculture is investing $20 million in a project to bring climate-smart forest practices to Tacoma. The project … is part of a larger effort to find ways to expand markets for climate-smart commodities like cross-laminated timber. The project aims to educate early adopters of the policies on the benefits of climate-smart forest practices. Forterra CEO Michelle Connor says these materials could be used to address Tacoma’s need for affordable housing while establishing a relationship with Tribal lands that isn’t based on exploitation and extraction. “This grant will allow us to have climate smart commodities that tie together our most rural communities, our Indigenous and environmental knowledge, with the heart and soul of neighborhoods like Hilltop,” she said.

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The Portland Airport – A Story of People, Forests, and a Beautiful Mass Timber Building

By Sustainable Northwest
September 13, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

In 2020 the Portland International Airport started a five-year transformative remodeling inspired by the lush forests of our region and the potential of mass timber design. Unique in scale, the project connects 2.2 million board feet to the forests and people that grew the fiber. It stands as a North Star for what is possible when sustainable building projects intentionally incorporate positive conservation, community, and equity outcomes. Feature stories on:

  • Designers & Builders – ZGF Architect’s striking designs for the PDX-NEXT remodel have required the Hoffman Skanska Joint Venture and Timberlab to develop innovative solutions to bring it all togethe
  • Sourced From Oregon & Washington – Through the stories of three unique wood products: Glulam Roof Beams, Ceiling Lattice, and Oregon White Oak Flooring, we highlight the tribes, family forest owners, and fabricators involved in the remodel of the Portland International Airport.
  • The Forests – Harvested from forests in the Pacific Northwest, including the Coquille Indian Tribe’s forestland in Southwest Oregon and Yakama Nation’s forestland in Central Washington.
  • The Manufacturers – Yakama Forest Products, Zip-O-Log Mills & Zip-O-Laminators processed wood into Glulam Beams for the PDX-NEXT roof remodel.

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New energy code will add to building costs

By Jeanne Davant
The Colorado Springs Business Journal
September 9, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PIKES PEAK, Colorado — The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD) is quietly reviewing some changes that will dramatically impact the cost of construction and could add significantly to the cost of homes, apartments and commercial buildings. PPRBD is required to periodically incorporate updates to the local code based on changes to the International Building Code developed by the International Code Council. Code revisions always affect building processes and costs, but this year’s proposed code is coming under especially heavy scrutiny because of its energy conservation provisions. …And the process of adopting it is particularly urgent this year because, if the local code isn’t changed in time, stricter requirements newly mandated by the state will kick in — and those would add even more to the cost of construction. …The target date for the final approved building code to go into effect is June 30, 2023.

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Domaine Willamette Raises Roof of Outdoor Pavilion with Oregon-Invented Panels

Wine Industry Advisor
September 7, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

DUNDEE, Oregon — With a pop of bubbly wine to commemorate the moment, sparkling winery Domaine Willamette raised the roof of its outdoor pavilion today with sustainable, Oregon-made mass timber panels. Domaine Willamette is nearing completion just off Highway 99 in the Dundee Hills. It is the latest venture of Willamette Valley Vineyards, a leading Oregon producer of Pinot Noir, and the culmination of years of hard work by its founders, Jim and Jan Bernau. …The Bernaus selected Mass Plywood products from Freres Engineered Wood for their environmental sustainability, ease and speed of installation, and natural beauty that blends aesthetically with the surrounding outdoor environment. This is the same product being used in the nine-acre mass timber roof going in at Portland International Airport.

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Oregon mass timber coalition scores $41.4 million in federal funding

By George Plaven
The Astorian
September 4, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A coalition of university researchers and state agencies in Oregon is betting big on the potential of mass timber to… revive long-lost timber jobs, but also boost affordable housing in the Portland metro area — all while helping to thin Oregon’s forests, making them more resilient to wildfire. The concept has garnered support from the Biden administration, which awarded $41.4 million to the Oregon Mass Timber Coalition. Funding comes from the Build Back Better Regional Challenge. …A portion of the grant will go toward construction of a factory at the Port of Portland dedicated to building modular homes using engineered wooden beams and panels to address the city’s affordable housing crisis. The Terminal 2 hub will also include a new lab for the University of Oregon to study acoustical design of mass timber houses. …Another $24 million will go to further research into the structural, seismic, durability and energy performance of mass timber buildings, led by the TallWood Design Institute, a collaboration between UO and Oregon State University.

Additional coverage from the University of Oregon: UO Programs bolstered by $16M in Build Back Better funds

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Columbia Property Trust Reveal the Newly Transformed 80 M Street, with Three New Floors of Mass Timber Space

By Columbia Property Trust
Business Wire
September 21, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US East

WASHINGTON — Columbia Property Trust announced that it has completed an innovative three-floor expansion atop 80 M Street in Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Riverfront district. The 108,000-square-foot overbuild is D.C.’s first commercial office space constructed from environmentally friendly mass timber and is proving to be one of the most attractive office environments in the submarket. Columbia worked with D.C.-based architectural firm Hickok Cole, construction manager DAVIS Construction, and engineering consulting firm Arup to design and plan the unique mass timber expansion. …These efforts have helped Columbia secure 140,000 square feet of new leases and renewals at the Capitol Riverfront office building since the start of the project. With more than half of the new space allocated to the American Trucking Association’s new headquarters and bp America’s offices, only 24,000 square feet of the expansion space remains available for lease.

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Hybrid mass-timber and concrete office block on the United Nations campus in Geneva is completed

Global Design News
September 21, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US East

GENEVA, Switzerland — “Already one of the landmarks of International Geneva, Building H is an important investment for the future of the United Nations family,” states Tatiana Valovaya. Under-Secretary-General Director United Nations. “This state-of-the-art construction has been designed as a healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving office building that is fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals principles.” Burckhardt+Partner and SOM have completed the UN’s new 24,000-square-metre hybrid mass-timber and concrete office block on the United Nations campus in Geneva. …This state-of-the-art construction has been designed as a healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving office building that is fully aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals principles. …The building’s structure is a hybrid of concrete columns with floors supported by alternating mass timber and concrete beams, which are visible in the offices, meeting the Swiss Minergie sustainability standards.

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Wisconsin building officially declared world’s tallest mass timber structure

The Construction Specifier
September 19, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US East

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has certified the 86.6-m (284-ft), 25-story Ascent building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the tallest mass timber structure in the world in two categories—the tallest timber building overall, and the World’s Tallest Timber-Concrete Hybrid Building. In 2019, CTBUH certified Mjøstårnet in Brumunddal, Norway, as the tallest timber building at 85.4 m (280 ft). …Milwaukee architect Korb & Associates designed Ascent, with New York engineer Thornton Tomasetti providing structural design services. Swinerton Builders was the supplier for the structural timber used in the project. …While Ascent broke ground in August 2020, it took approximately two years of research, testing, planning and collaboration with external stakeholders to get it there. The process has established a model for tall timber projects. It is estimated the use of mass timber for the structural system decreased construction time by approximately 25 percent, compared to a conventionally constructed concrete building of the same scale.

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Cross-laminated timber demonstration project aims to expand forest market

Mainebiz
September 19, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US East

As new timber technologies emerge for the construction industry, Dirigo Center Developers in Westbrook is preparing to build a cross-laminated timber tower and retail demonstration that will expand markets for Maine’s new forest products. The company was recently awarded $250,000 for the project, from the U.S. Forest Service’s Wood Innovations Grant program. Dirigo Center Developers was one of four Maine businesses to be awarded nearly $2.5 million from U.S. Forest Service’s Wood Innovations Grant program and Community Wood Grant program. The goal of the federal funding is to strengthen Maine’s forest products sector and expand markets for the industry. …The money will provide support to the four companies, which are finding new customers for their wood products, which include cross-laminated timber, new pine resources and wood biomass fuels. 

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Two wood products companies announce projects totaling $92 million in Wiregrass area

By William Thornton
AL.com
September 9, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US East

ALABAMA — A pair of economic expansion projects in Dothan will inject a combined $92 million into the Wiregrass economy. SmartLam North America, which makes cross laminated timber products at a Dothan factory, has announced it will invest $62 million to build a new manufacturing facility to produce large beams and columns for construction, creating 43 jobs. Peak Renewables also announced it will build a $30 million wood pellet production facility in Dothan, which will use sawmill residuals to make pellets used in renewable power generation. The project will create 26 jobs. The SmartLam expansion is expected to become operational in 2024, while the Peak Renewable wood pellet plant should open next year. …“The forest products industry has long been a central pillar for Alabama’s economy, and its vitality is attracting significant levels of new investment and driving job growth across the state,” Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said.

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Japanese and Australian firms collaborate on world’s tallest timber tower

The Japan Times
September 18, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

SYDNEY, Australia — Construction firms from Japan and Australia have started work on a 182-meter-high skyscraper in central Sydney in what is planned to be the world’s tallest hybrid-timber building using an eco-friendly wood product. Tokyo-based Obayashi and Sydney-based Built plan to complete construction on the 39-story Atlassian Central in 2026. …The companies aim to cut carbon dioxide emissions during construction by 50% or more compared to a conventional building project and operate the tower entirely with renewable energy, they said. The seventh floor upwards will feature a hybrid-timber structure that consists of a combination of steel frames and cross-laminated timber. Obayashi has been emphasizing in its home market the construction of low-emission wood buildings and increasing the use of the eco-friendly lumber product. …The firm “aims to achieve a sustainable society by expanding and promoting the use of recyclable resources such as timber and wooden materials.”

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Sustainable hybrid construction that combines wood elements with concrete

By Kenneth Booth
Building Design & Construction
September 16, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A German element manufacturer Brüninghoff favoured prefabricated wooden wall elements made of Kerto®LVL for its new concrete element plant. Due to the high level of prefabrication, assembly times were optimised. At the same time the material is impressively sustainable and material-efficient, fitting in with the overall concept of the new plant. The modern concrete element plant in Heiden Germany has an area of around 17,000 square metres. Metsä Wood’s Kerto LVL L-panels and Kerto LVL T-studs have been used for the prefabricated non-load-bearing wall elements. “The Brüninghoff Group makes prefabricated wooden elements with a particular focus on products with a very high proportion of wood products – such as laminated veneer lumber. To this end, we carefully select partners that fit our sustainability strategy and who are reliable. In this context, we chose wall elements made of Kerto LVL from Metsä Wood for our new concrete element plant,” explains André Leipold, Brüninghoff Holz GmbH & Co.KG.

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9 impressive parametric structures made of wood

By Saili Sawantt
Parametric Architecture
September 16, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Wood is a versatile material, be it the Rapana Street Library made out of 240 pieces of wood to the world’s longest parametric plywood wall framework at the Istanbul Airport to building an entire wooden skyscraper in Canada; this material has proven to be relevant, now more than ever. With the advent of climate change and an affinity towards acting on it, designers are actively opting for materials other than concrete. In this scenario, wood has come up to the rescue. The merit is up to the point that designers and developers see wood as the next mass construction material that goes by the changing climatic situation. Many countries are adapting this material to reach their environmentally conscious goals by reducing their carbon footprint. Moreover, in the advent of a technological era, wooden construction has blended with parametric design and computational methods. These have enhanced the versatility of modern wood constructions over traditional wooden joints. 

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New Wooden Office Building by Waugh Thistleton Is Absolutely ‘LVLy’

By Lloyd Alter
TreeHugger
September 8, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Black and White is an office building in London’s Shoreditch neighborhood that started construction this summer under the helm of architect Andrew Waugh. Upon completion in summer 2022, the building is slated to be the tallest engineered timber office building in London. While touring the wood construction, Waugh spoke to the Financial Times about the building’s unique scent: “It’ll change every season, depending on temperature and humidity. …The Black and White building’s structure is made from laminated veneer lumber, which is truly lovely (LVLy) stuff built up from much thinner layers of wood. The floor decking is CLT. …”LVL is one of the strongest, wood-based construction materials relative to its density. This allows us to design a significantly smaller cross-sections for beams and columns than softwood whilst maintaining a high-quality surface finish from sustainable, managed forests. …It has compressive strength like concrete with 66% less weight, and the column cross-sections are the same as they would be in concrete.

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Wooden Buildings Could Eliminate 106 Billion Tons Of Carbon Emissions

CleanTechnica
September 6, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research published a study in the journal Nature Communications that claims building future cities from engineered wood products could prevent 106 billion tons of carbon dioxide from entering the Earth’s atmosphere by 2100. As the world’s population increases, more people will gravitate toward cities. Low rise wooden buildings of between 4 and 12 stories could provide shelter for all those people and locations for community businesses without the carbon emissions associated with making buildings out of concrete and steel. …Abhijeet Mishra, the paper’s lead author said, “More than half the world’s population currently lives in cities. This means more homes will be built with steel and concrete, most of which have a serious carbon footprint. But we have an alternative. We can house the new urban population in mid-rise buildings — that is four to 12 stories — made out of wood.”

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Govt Partners With Industry To Explore Sustainable Wood Processing

By Government of New Zealand
Scoop Independent News
September 8, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A new partnership between the Government and Oji Fibre Solutions could boost the development of sustainable wood products, hydrogen and bio-fuels at the Kinleith Mill near Tokoroa, creating jobs and reducing emissions across the economy Forestry Minister Stuart Nash announced today. “In order to build a low-emissions, high-wage economy, we need to explore innovative and sustainable solutions across all sectors. In the wood processing sector, there is the opportunity to integrate bio-manufacturing, which means producing bio-energy and high value bio-chemicals through the development of an advanced bio-economy manufacturing cluster,” Stuart Nash said. “Oji Fibre Solutions is a world-leader in pulp, paper and packaging products, and the Kinleith Mill employs over 500 people in the South Waikato. This joint feasibility study is the perfect opportunity to think differently about the way we process wood in New Zealand, to tap into the bio-economy, and harness the valuable by-products of wood fibre.

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Chemistry building at University of Munich built with wood

By KC Morgan
Inhabitat
September 5, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The University of Munich in Germany is getting a new building for research and education in the field of sustainable chemistry. This upgrade will expand the Straubing science center. …Designed in an elongated, three-story style, the entire Nachhaltige Chemie building is elevated and sits on stilts that are three meters from the ground, or about 10 feet. This is a solution for the building’s location, as it sits within the flooding zone for the nearby Donau river and is nearly as big as the floodwall itself. The building’s facade was created with wood, glass and concrete. Most of these were sustainably sourced. …This is an example of sustainable construction and self-sustaining construction — the type of design that will pave the way for the future. 

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Making clothes from trees brings an unlikely win-win for food security and the environment

By Emma Bryce
Anthropocene Magazine
September 2, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

There’s a ubiquitous crop that slurps up unsustainable quantities of water, gets doused in chemicals and fertilizers to maintain its growth—and yet doesn’t provide us with any food. This crop is cotton, and it covers 34.5 million hectares of arable farmland around the world. Now, a team of Swedish researchers propose that if we replace a share of this crop with fibers made from the wood of fast-growing poplar trees, we could free up millions of hectares of cotton land for growing food instead. They also explore how a new processing method could make use of the whole tree, extracting bio-oils for fuel from the remaining wood. To boot, poplar forests could help to draw down carbon as they grow, the researchers report in the journal Joule. …Fast-growing poplar trees are a good source of cellulose—and they don’t need cotton’s artificial inputs. 

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