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Low energy prices force New England wood heat pioneers to pivot

Low energy prices force New England wood heat pioneers to pivot

It was May of 2014 and Charlie Niebling was feeling pretty good. As the wood buyer for New England Wood Pellets and a modern wood heat pioneer, he had reason to be optimistic. New England’s automated wood heat industry was finally beginning to hum.

For years, high energy prices were the driving force behind adoption of residential pellets stoves, spurring investment in wood pellet manufacturing and, concurrently, leading to the installation of hundreds of commercial wood-fired heating systems across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

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Silicon Valley construction startup said to be raising up to $200M in new funding

Silicon Valley construction startup said to be raising up to $200M in new funding

Katerra Inc., a construction manufacturing startup led by the former CEO of Flextronics, is reportedly looking for $200 million in new funding.

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Cross-laminated timber could ‘forge new links between lands and people’

Cross-laminated timber could ‘forge new links between lands and people’

Trees line the Madison Park neighborhood that Susan Jones calls home. A big vine-leaf maple shepherds guests to her front walk. This block is an urban forest, a blend of trees and concrete, Douglas fir siding, and cedar-and-steel fences. It’s Mother Nature and architectural marvels.

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2017: The year wood construction grew like a weed

2017: The year wood construction grew like a weed

Because we are not called TreeHugger for nothing. Looking back on 2017 it is hard to know where to start, there was so much happening. It’s the year that wood construction really went mainstream, everywhere. We are not even going to discuss the fantasy projects, just the real stuff being built by real architects. Because we are past gawking at models and renderings, things are getting built!

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