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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Supporting President Obama’s Climate Action Plan goal of preserving the role of forests in mitigating climate change, the economic value of sustainable forestry just went up with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement of a new partnership to train architects, engineers and builders about the benefits of advanced...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
A team from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies analyzed how much using solid wood products, burning wood for energy, and harvesting wood sustainably would yield in CO2/fossil fuel savings. Their findings, colloquially summarized as an “environmental win-win,” may surprise some.  For example, the use of...
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Appropriately-named master carpenter Garland Wood preserves and reconstructs historic buildings in the style of the colonists, using the same tools and the same materials.  An unlikely benefit of Hurricane Sandy gave him just what he needed to create authentic colonial shingles: Atlantic white cedar, a light, long-lasting...
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The natural beauty of wood is being showcased in modern design in fresh, smart ways, including the exterior of buildings. The “clean” and “grounded” appeal of wood appeals to designers who are looking for interesting new textures and colors to combine with a more modern, linear approach. The increasing popularity of wood...
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The New American Forest Foundation (AFF) gained new headquarters in Washington, DC that exemplify their commitment to forest stewardship and sustainability.  The office is energy-efficient and architecturally unique, utilizing light-harvesting technology and recycled materials in everything from the furniture upholstery to...
Monday, February 3, 2014
The search for more energy-efficient vehicles has led to a revitalization of old ideas: Finnish papermaker UPM-Kymmene Oyj (UPM1V) will show a street-legal wooden car prototype at the Geneva motor show in March.  The frame is built using tree pulp and plywood, and the car itself runs on fuel made from bark, stumps and...
Friday, January 3, 2014
The same tiny cellulose crystals that give trees and plants their high strength, light weight and resilience, have now been shown to have the stiffness of steel. The nanocrystals might be used to create a new class of biomaterials with wide-ranging applications, such as strengthening construction materials and automotive...
Monday, December 16, 2013
American companies joined more than 500 exhibitors from around the world to display an array of green building materials and eco-friendly products at the Taipei Building Show earlier this month. In keeping with its green theme, the US pavilion at the four-day trade show was built from wood. "Although wood is not a new...
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Despite concrete and steel industry backlash, the B.C. government is sticking with Wood First policy.  The 2008 financial crisis and resulting recession hammered the U.S. housing market and the B.C. lumber exports that fed it. Climate change unleashed the pine-beetle plague that destroyed millions of hectares of B.C....
Friday, December 6, 2013
There is good news for expanded green building policy advocates! Following the lead of the General Services Administration (GSA), the Department of Defense (DoD) recently recognized Green Globes as an approved program for DoD facilities. Previously DoD's policy had referenced only the U.S. Green Building Council's...

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