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First-ever Mass Timber Building Competition in California to promote architectural innovation

13-05-2020
California, Mass Timber competition, architectural innovation, winners

In California, the Governor’s Forest Management Task Force and the Office of Planning and Research announced the winners of their first-ever competition designed to highlight a category of engineered wood products known as mass timber. As the need for forest, wildfire, climate, and housing solutions grows, California is moving to expand the …

Editor’s pickSödra’s CLT to be used in construction of “Hoppet” preschool in Sweden

13-04-2020
Hoppet preschool, innovation project, Gothenburg, climate neutral, Södra, cross-laminated timber, CLT

Södra will be supplying CLT (cross-laminated timber) to the “Hoppet” preschool innovation project in Gothenburg, a major city in Sweden. The climate impact of the construction project is 70 percent lower than similar projects of this nature, and is part of the process to achieve the City of Gothenburg’s goal of becoming a …

Editor’s pickGrafton Architects Selected for Project Team for Anthony Timberlands Centre

24-03-2020
The University of Arkansas, Grafton Architects, Anthony Timberlands Centre for Design and Materials Innovation, Pritzker Architecture Prize

  The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees has approved Grafton Architects, based in Dublin, Ireland, in partnership with Modus Studio of Fayetteville as the project team for the planned Anthony Timberlands Centre for Design and Materials Innovation. Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, co-founders of Grafton Architects, were recently …

Ontario Wood Design Awards Winners announced

05-03-2020
Canadian Wood Council, Wood Works!, Ontario Wood Design Awards, designers, industry players, innovation, exemplary, wood in architecture

On February 26, the Canadian Wood Council’s (CWC’s) Wood Works! Programme gave out the Ontario Wood Design Awards in recognition of designers’ and industry players’ innovation and exemplary use of using wood in architecture. The winners were announced during the Ontario Forest Industries Association’s (OFIA’s) …

Editor’s pickFPInnovations releases latest edition of CLT Handbook

02-03-2020
CLT, FPInnovation, CLT handbook, new edition, technology, mass-timber-building global movement, knowledge transfer, designer, construction

FPInnovations, a non-profit specialising in creating solutions that support the global competitiveness of the Canadian forest sector, and its government and industry partners, recently launched the all-new 2019 2nd edition of the building-construction game-changing, “Canadian CLT Handbook.” Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is …

New method of preserving lumber could replace pressure treating in the future

24-02-2020
new process, preserving lumber, atomic layer deposition, water resistant, fungal resistant, titanium oxide, innovation, new technology pressure treatment

Pressure treating -- which involves putting lumber inside a pressurised watertight tank and forcing chemicals into the boards -- has been used for more than a century to help stave off the fungus that causes wood rot in wet environments. Now researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new method that could one day replace …

Architectural Association launches experimental Wood Lab

07-02-2020
Architectural Association School of Architecture, UK, London, launch, Wood Lab, research, development, building strategies, technology, innovation, sustainable

As the architectectural world finds growing interest in timber construction, firms see a wave of innovations in testing and better understanding timber’s limits and possibilities in being used to build taller and better structures. The Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London is building on the momentum with the …

Freres Lumber Installs First Horizontal Plywood Press from Taihei in the United States

04-02-2020
Freres Lumber, first, horizontal plywood press, United States, Taihei, innovation, latest investment, technology, plywood, long-length panels

Freres Lumber is the first U.S. company to install and operate the Taihei Horizontal Press Model P25-AB, a horizontal hot press for laminating plywood after the gluing and prepressing processes. In keeping with its history as a leader in early adoption and innovation, Freres is already reaping the numerous benefits the horizontal press offers over …

SweTree Technologies and leading Swedish forest companies invest $5.3 million in pilot forest plants production

06-01-2020
SweTree Technologies, Stora Enso, Sveaskog, Södra, Holmen, innovation, pilot plant, automated, large-scale production, elite forest plants, somatic embryogenesis

Together with the leading forest companies Stora Enso, Sveaskog, Södra and Holmen, the Swedish innovation and technology development company SweTree Technologies invests SEK 50 million ($5.3 million) in a pilot plant for automated and large-scale production of elite forest plants. SweTree Technologies has for several years developed a …

Editor’s pickMeet the team behind SCM’s software and digital services

02-12-2019
SCM, digital service, IoT, innovation digital systems, software, SCM Maestro, technology

The woodworking industry may be undergoing an inevitable digital transformation, but it is a game that is still in its early stages. Many companies are still exploring the many possibilities of digitalisation. “But this is also an exciting stage to be at,” said Manuela Andreani, SCM software product manager, whose team takes care of …

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