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How to find science-backed resources for your next wood project

18-02-2018

Need ideas or recommendations for your next construction project? APA – The Engineered Wood Association can help. Around the world, wood design and construction professionals downloaded the association’s resources more than half a million times in 2017. APA’s recommendations for design and product installation combine the …

Norbord increases 4Q Adjusted EBITDA to US$204 Mn

17-02-2018

Norbord Inc. reported an adjusted EBITDA of US$204 million for 4Q/2017 versus US$200 million in the previous quarter and US$115 million in 4Q/2016. For the full-year 2017, Norbord recorded adjusted EBITDA of US$672 million compared to $385 million in 2016 on higher North American OSB prices and shipment volumes. North American operations …

Editor’s pickUnder a white cedar roof, the Wooden Wing commands breathtaking views from nature

16-02-2018

Perched on granite bedrock, The Wooden Wing is a large cottage on the shores of Lac Supérieur, in Quebec’s Laurentians. Designers from Yh2 designed the living spaces to sit on a large, semi-polished concrete slab raised slightly above the natural outcrop, putting the house in close contact with its natural surroundings, from which it …

Industries now taxed for waste emissions under China’s new environment law

16-02-2018

China’s first environment protection tax law kicked in on January 1 this year, replacing a pollutant discharge fee system which, for decades, had been in place but lacked teeth. Under the new law, companies will have to pay levies for waste discharged into the environment—such as sulphur dioxide and sewage. They will also be taxed for …

Pfleiderer Group launches new EUR12 Mn lacquering line in Leutkirch, Germany

15-02-2018

Pfleiderer has launched a new lacquering line, worth EUR12 Mn, at its Leutkirch plant in Germany. It features the innovative HotCoating system, and is 165 metres long, making it the biggest lacquering line in the world to use the HotCoating system. “Our purpose is to increase the Group’s revenue to EUR1.2 billion in 2021. We will be …

Wood, the high-performance structural material, just leveled up. It is now bullet-proof

15-02-2018

The rise of wood’s renown in bridges and buildings is proof of its strength and durability. Now, a simple, affordable technology can convert the humble lumber into a material stronger than steel, and even some high-tech titanium alloys, a new research reveals. Besides scoring one for construction, the improved material can also be used in …

IKEA Group acquires 25,000 acre forest in Alabama

14-02-2018

Swedish furniture giant IKEA acquired its first U.S. forest, covering approximately 25,000 acres in Lowndes County, Alabama. The investment in forestry is part of a broader strategy to invest in the sustainable production of resources that the Group consumes directly (such as energy) or indirectly through its products such as wood and recycled …

Editor’s pickA Toronto library shows modern knowledge hubs need not be boring or dry

14-02-2018

Celebrating design, Scarborough’s library transcends its purpose as a knowledge hub into a point of pride for the city’s residents The Scarborough library in Toronto, Canada, is everything at once: Technologically adaptable, design centred and green. Its spaces are flexible, allowing for a variety of events and interaction between …

UK will continue adopt to Europe's environmental laws after Brexit: Minister

14-02-2018

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has welcomed a pledge from Environment Minister Dr Thérèse Coffey MP to “make sure the whole body of European environmental law continues to have effect” after Brexit. The Environment Minister made the commitment at the Timber Industries’ Parliamentary Reception, which …