Study highlights potential benefits of cross laminated timber

Study highlights potential benefits of cross laminated timber

The production of cross-laminated timber, or CLT, has the potential to create significant job growth in the Pacific Northwest, according to a study published by Oregon BEST, a Portland-based nonprofit. CLT is made of layers of glued 2-inch-thick dimensional wood crossing over each other at a 90 degree angle, creating a strong panel that can be used in tall buildings.

Environment-friendly "plyscrapers" blocked by red tape

Environment-friendly “plyscrapers” blocked by red tape

The USDA estimates every four storeys would save the same amount of carbon emissions as created by 500 cars every year.

Architect proposes 700-foot timber tower for the Central Park reservoir

Architect proposes 700-foot timber tower for the Central Park reservoir

An architecture firm proposed the far-out structure, which is also intended to filter the water in the reservoir.

The past, present and future of structural wood in Canada

The past, present and future of structural wood in Canada

New and creative ways of making and using structural wood mean the material is becoming familiar even to observers from outside the construction industry.

Nonprofits to collaborate on patient lodging project in Cd’A 

Nonprofits to collaborate on patient lodging project in Cd’A 

Community Cancer Fund, Kootenai Health, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest are collaborating to develop and operate lodging for adult and pediatric patients receiving medical treatment at Kootenai Health, says Jerid Keefer, Community Cancer Fund’s executive director.

Condos for sale on North Portland’s Williams Avenue carry an asking price of $1.5 million

Condos for sale on North Portland’s Williams Avenue carry an asking price of $1.5 million

Carbon12, the condo project that set a new record for tallest all-timber building, may set a new high in the real-estate market.

Testing the wind: Clemson engineers work to make buildings stronger in face of storms

Testing the wind: Clemson engineers work to make buildings stronger in face of storms

In a nondescript industrial steel building not far from Clemson University’s main campus, civil engineers fire two-by-four lumber out of an air cannon and test model buildings in a 50-mph wind tunnel to study the damaging effects of high-speed winds, like those created by tornadoes and by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Housing supply – panelisation provides paradigm shift

Housing supply – panelisation provides paradigm shift

Wood panel factories, not on-site workers, is the only way to solve the housing supply crisis, says a Rotorua engineer who is organising a national wood technology conference later this month.

Point B Inc. develops 17,000-sq ft, mixed-use building in southwest Portland, Oregon 

Point B Inc. develops 17,000-sq ft, mixed-use building in southwest Portland, OR

Point B Inc., an integrated management consulting, venture investment, and real estate development firm is bringing much-needed creative office space to the John’s Landing neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.

Robert Smith named president of the Society of Wood Science and Technology

Robert Smith named president of the Society of Wood Science and Technology

Robert L. (Bob) Smith, associate dean for engagement in the College of Natural Resources and Environment and head of the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, was recently named president of the Society of Wood Science and Technology.

Glulam connections fire test

Glulam connections fire test

A new report demonstrates the fire resistance rating of glulam beam to column connections in Type IV construction.

The next big thing in plywood

The next big thing in plywood

Since its beginnings, Freres Lumber Company has thrived in spite of the wild rollercoaster ride of the lumber business. By investing in ingenuity and innovation, it has become one of the premier wood products manufacturing companies in the Pacific Northwest.

Video: Design process of Brock Commons Tallwood House

Video: Design process of Brock Commons Tallwood House

The integrated design process for Brock Commons Tallwood House, an 18 storey mass timber hybrid student resident at the University of British Columbia, emphasized the project as a whole.

Unique building method used in South Sioux City structure

Unique building method used in South Sioux City structure

From the street, the building taking shape next to South Sioux City’s Community Orchard looks like many others.

Tall Storey

Tall Storey

A guideline that would allow for designing wood buildings in Ontario taller than six storeys high is raising some support and some concerns.

Video: VGU 45° washer by Rotho Blaas

Video: VGU 45° washer by Rotho Blaas

Today’s timber buildings develop rapidly and pose new challenges to designers.

Mass timber with a steel core

Mass timber with a steel core

The eight-story Carbon 12 uses a hybrid system of cross-laminated timber floor and roof diaphragms and steel core.

In practice: Stora Enso's cost-effective move to champion cross laminated timber

In practice: Stora Enso’s cost-effective move to champion cross laminated timber

A new multi-million-euro investment looks set to transform packaging firm Stora Enso into a renewable materials company and the largest global producer of a low environmental impact timber solution to replace steel and concrete in construction projects.

Video: A sustainable timber skyline: the future of design 

Video: A sustainable timber skyline: the future of design 

The design and structural craft of building with wood in America is finally changing – for the better. Innovations in the timber industry and the rise of cross-laminated timber (CLT)* are forcing Oregonians sitting on the richest sustainable resource, the Douglas Fir, to rethink how to harvest, sustain and reshape the future.

http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/index.aspx

Video: Forest to frame 

The choices we make about the materials used as we develop the built environment have long-term effects on our society and the environment.