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Friday, October 10, 2014
The United States Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, has launched the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. This competitive prize, open to teams of architects, engineers, and developers, will showcase the architectural and commercial...
Friday, October 10, 2014
According to some Chinese officials, the prevalence of wood-framed homes helped keep the death toll low from Tuesday's magnitude 6.6 quake in Jinggu County. Huang Fugang, director of the provincial seismological administration, said that homes in the thickly forested area are generally built with wood, and that such...
Friday, September 5, 2014
The home of West Virginia University head football coach Dana Holgorsen is the first all-inclusive cross-laminated timber (CLT) structure in the United States.   Here's a sneak peek at the 8,000-square-foot home...
Thursday, July 3, 2014
The Boston Society of Architects has opened an exhibit called Urban Timber: From Seed to City which will run through September. "Urban Timber" presents recent innovations in wood technology, case studies of of timber construction in taller buildings, as well as installations by four architecture teams chosen for their...
Friday, June 6, 2014
Library at The Dock, a library and community center in Melbourne, opened this month. The facility is Australia’s first public building to be made from cross-laminated timber (CLT). CLT is manufactured using layers of timber to create solid panels, and is 30 percent lighter than traditional structures. In addition to...
Friday, May 30, 2014
William Perkin High School in West London is open for business! The school was built using 3,800 cubic metres of Austrian prefabricated cross-laminated timber panels. "Even with snow on the ground and delivery restrictions from the surrounding residential area, the majority of the CLT (cross-laminated timber) structure was...
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
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 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...

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