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11Apr

USGBC announces new LEED pilot credit

Last week the U.S. Green Building Council announced in a press release a new pilot credit related to wood. The new pilot Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) credit is designed to help eliminate irresponsibly sourced materials from the building material supply chain, such as illegal wood. USGBC says the credit is to “further advance environmentally responsible forest […]
By 36creative • Posted April 11, 2016
21Mar

Hello, Portland! It’s time for the Mass Timber Conference

The time has come for the Mass Timber Conference, held for the first time in Portland, Oregon! NEFF staff member and wood building enthusiast Emily Kingston will be attending for all three days and live tweeting throughout the conference. The conference kicks off with a special tour of Portland’s famous mass timber buildings. Over 100 […]
By 36creative • Posted March 21, 2016
07Mar

Countdown begins for Mass Timber Conference

Only a few short weeks separate today until the Mass Timber Conference kicks off in Portland, Oregon! The first annual Mass Timber Conference (short for “massive timber”) will be hosted by the Forest Business Network at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront. A diversity of sectors is expected to be represented at the event including architects, engineers, city […]
By 36creative • Posted March 7, 2016
02Mar

“Plywood on steroids” in Maine’s lumber industry

Like plywood on steroids, cross-laminated timber (CLT) is getting much deserved attention in Maine. Christina Erne from WLBZ toured the laboratories at University of Maine Orono where CLT is stress tested under thousands of pounds. The CLT was made from local Maine spruce, pine, and fir species. Nicholas Willey, a graduate research assistant for the project talked […]
By 36creative • Posted March 2, 2016
26Feb

More images for the planned 18-story UBC dorm

Back in October 2015, we started talking about the new 18-story University of British Colombia dormitory that is in planning. And now more design images have been revealed to show the full extent of the plans. Kenneth Chan at Vancity Buzz revealed the designs for the residence hall which is set to be the world’s […]
By 36creative • Posted February 26, 2016
23Feb

Modern Tall Wood Buildings: Opportunities for Innovation

Dr. Jim Bowyer at Dovetail Partners, Inc. has published a report focusing on tall wood buildings. “Modern Tall Wood Buildings: Opportunities for Innovation” covers the history of CLT, examples of tall wood buildings globally, wood building initiatives across the globe, tall wood building potential, costs, and cautions. The report states, “Tall wood buildings offer an opportunity to […]
By 36creative • Posted February 23, 2016
19Feb

Reworks and LEVER gearing up for Albina Yard

Portland, Oregon firms Reworks Inc. and LEVER Architecture are constructing the latest mass timber building. Albina Yard, a 16,000 square foot creative office building, is currently under construction in North Portland’s Mississippi District. The building holds the title of the first use of domestically produced CLT panels for a building-wide structural system in the United States. The building has been under […]
By 36creative • Posted February 19, 2016
16Feb

Ad hoc committee made for Tall Wood Buildings

The International Code Council (ICC) Board of Directors recently announced they have established an ad hoc committee focused entirely on the building science of tall wood buildings. The term tall wood applies to wood construction which uses cross-laminated timber (CLT) and is 6 stories or taller. The scope of the ad hoc committee is to […]
By 36creative • Posted February 16, 2016
10Feb

Upcoming Mass Timber Conference in Portland, OR

Modern tall wood buildings, engineered wood products, and cross-laminated timber are just some of the topics covered at the Mass Timber Conference this year. From March 22-24, global experts and interested individuals will gather at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon. The event is co-produced by Forest Business Network and WoodWorks, two industry leaders […]
By 36creative • Posted February 10, 2016
04Feb

WoodWorks announces 2016 Wood Design Award winners

Congratulations to the 2016 Wood Design Award winners! WoodWorks announced the national and regional design winners. Now it its 8th year, the Wood Design Award is meant to “celebrate projects and design teams that showcase the innovative use of wood as both a structural and finish material,” according to Jennifer Cover, PE, executive director of WoodWorks/Wood […]
By 36creative • Posted February 4, 2016