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December 2017

Editor’s pickOntario Wood Works! 2017 Wood Design Award winner: McEwen School of Architecture, Sudbury

29-12-2017

Located in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada’s first new architecture school in 40 years draws inspiration from the architectural traditions of northern Ontario’s Anglophone, Francophone and Indigenous communities. Combining two century-old heritage buildings, Laurentian University’s McEwen School of Architecture demonstrates the …

Editor’s pickWood use on the rise as green movement takes flight

29-12-2017

Cooley Landing Educational Center in San Francisco is the first CLT structure in California. Bullitt Center in Seattle is dubbed America's "Greenest Commercial Building", using energy efficiency systems and softwoods for the interior. Wood is experiencing a renaissance across Europe, CIS nations and North America as its greener credentials …

Study: CLT has the potential to benefit the economy in Oregon greatly

29-12-2017

According to a new study published by Oregon BEST, a state-support non-profit organisation that aims to nurture Oregon’s clean-technology industry, both Oregon and Southwest Washington, United States (U.S.), are in good positions to become manufacturing hubs for cross-laminated timber (CLT) – also occasionally known as “plywood …

Editor’s pickOntario Wood WORKS! 2017 Wood Design Award winner: House on Ancaster Creek, Ancaster

28-12-2017

A wide lot backing onto Ancaster Creek is the site for a multi-generational home for a young family and their elderly parents. The house was conceived as two distinct homes, both linear bars, cross perpendicular to each other and stacked in the corner. The parents’ suite occupies the ground floor with the living and dining space anchoring …

EU: Hardwood plywood trade round-up

28-12-2017

Europe seems to be buying less mixed hardwood plywood. After a robust 2016, sales have slackened for products from China. Tropical hardwood plywood, however, has been rising this year. EU imports of hardwood plywood peaked at 2.80 million cbm in November 2016, but this figure had fallen to 2.65 million cbm by July 2017. During this period, …

Editor’s pickSödra to build pilot CLT facility to "test the market"

28-12-2017

Södra softwood lumber Swedish forestry company Södra will build a new cross laminated facility at Värö. The facility will have an annual capacity of about 5,000 cubic metres per shift. It will employ up to five new workers between 2018 and 2019 to operate the new factory. Production is scheduled to start in May …

Editor’s pickForestry industry a vital lifeline for B.C.'s economy: Study

27-12-2017

B.C.’s forest industry reaps $12.9 billion in GDP and provides over 140,000 jobs, making it one of the cornerstones of the economy and one of the largest employers across the province, according to a Pricewaterhouse Coopers report. The study assesses the economic impact of the B.C. forest industry’s ongoing operations, employment and …

China’s timber industry will transform in the next five years

27-12-2017
ITTO, China, forestry, timber

According to government’s 13th Five Year Plan for Forest Industry Development, the total value of China’s timber industry output will reach 8.7 trillion yen. The plan projects a transformation of China’s timber industry from resource orientation to innovation and that management will shift from “extensive” to …

Japan sawnwood exports up 60 per cent in 2017

27-12-2017

Japan has been increasing its exports of lumber in the past two years. In the first eight months of this year, volume rose to 84,370 cbm, 62.4 per cent more compared to the same period last year. Total volume for 2017 is expected to reach 100,000cbm, a significant figure compared to 40,000cbm in 2008 and 2009 and 60,000cbm in 2010 and 2015. Log …

UPM's new structural plywood achieves highest fire classification

26-12-2017

WISA-SpruceFR from UPM Plywood is fire-rated, saving builders significant time The new fire retardant WISA-SpruceFR structural plywood for building and construction is B-s1, d0 fire rated, the highest classification a wood product can have. The unique product from Finnish forestry company UPM Plywood is different, said Riku Härkönen, …