Green Building

Wood Houses Could Help Alleviate Latin American Housing Deficit

Researchers in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment are investigating the market potential for wooden houses prefabricated in the United States as a way to help decrease the housing deficit in Latin America.

The research team from the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials traveled to Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia to determine the market for using wood in residential and commercial structures as well as the barriers that prevent the use of wood in social housing projects.

Presidential Transition Plan: Trees and Forests are America’s Natural Capital

Trees and forests built America and are essential for the nation’s growth and success. State forestry agencies are poised to support the new presidential administration. The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) is pleased to provide the Donald Trump Administration and Congress with recommendations for capitalizing on the benefits of trees and forests. 

Timber City at the National Building Museum

By Emily Bazydlo

On a normal day, walking into the National Building Museum in Washington, DC brings a sense of awe, and the two large wooden panels on the main museum floor add to it. The two-story high panels advertise one of the museums new exhibits, Timber City. The Timber City exhibit showcases elegant models of the wooden structures being built all over the world with a major educational component.

Support the Timber Innovation Act

The United States Senate, led by Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) have introduced the Timber Innovation Act (S. 2892). A House companion bill, H.R. 5628, has also been introduced and was led by Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-PA), Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA).

Both bills would:

The Great Potential of Building With Wood

In North America, where the building sector accounts for about 37% of carbon dioxide emissions, building with wood represents an opportunity to mitigate climate change. Ultra-strong wood products, like cross-laminated timber, could be a boon to green building and forest markets. A recent study by a researchers from Yale and the University of Washington estimated that global carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced by 14%-31% if wood were used in the place of steel and concrete in construction.

Building Skyscrapers Out Of Wood

 

New York City is home to some of the most famous skyscrapers in the world, from the Chrysler Building to the Empire State Building—structures of concrete and steel that, when built, seemed to defy both the bounds of human innovation and the laws of physics. But visitors to New York City’s West Chelsea neighborhood might have another surprising building to admire in a few years—a ten-­story residential high-­rise built from wood.

New Rating Approach for Green Building a Step Forward for Healthy Forests

WASHINGTON (April 7, 2016)—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) applauds Tuesday’s announcement by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to expand opportunities for using wood products in green buildings, including wood certified by the American Tree Farm System®, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®, and programs that are endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

Oregon Company Building Highrise From Wood

A 12-story highrise building is set for construction in Portland, Oregon. But this building stands out from the scores of new highrise construction in one significant way: it will be made of wood.

It uses a technology called cross-laminated timber. Giant panels of wood are made out of many layers of timber sheets that are very tightly pressed together. The wood comes from timber in rural Oregon, and the panels themselves will be made long before they arrive at the building site.