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Roseburg publishes environmental product declaration for MDF products manufactured in Medford, Oregon

26-05-2020
Roseburg, environmental product declaration, MDF, Medford, Oregon

Roseburg Forest Products has published its eighth certified Environmental Product Declaration, providing standardised and objective information about the lifecycle environmental impacts of the company’s wood products, and now including Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF). Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) provide consumers with …

Indonesian plantation director in conflict with indigenous community charged with illegal logging

07-04-2020
Ministry of Environment and Forestry, charged, director, plantation firm, eastern Indonesian, Seram, illegal logging, dispute, indigenous community

by Nurdin Tubaka/ Mongabay News Imanuel Darusman, a director of CV Sumber Berkat Makmur, was charged by Indonesia’s forestry ministry. An official with the ministry’s law enforcement bureau said they began to look into the case when the arrest of 26 indigenous people by the local police for vandalising the company’s equipment …

Indonesia risks timber trade with EU after scrapping license rules

31-03-2020
Certification, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Environment, Forests, Global Trade, Illegal Logging, Illegal Timber Trade, Illegal Trade, Logging, Sustainability, Sustainable Forest Management, Timber, Timber Laws, Tropical Forests

By Hans Nicholas Jong, Mongabay News The European Union says a move by Indonesia to no longer require that wood exports be verified as coming from legal sources threatens the timber trade between the two sides. The EU has since 2016 put its trust in Indonesia’s timber certification scheme, the SVLK, to ensure that the wood it imports …

Oshika developed lignin phenol adhesive for plywood

18-03-2020
Oshika Corporation (Tokyo), adhesive manufacturer, lignin phenol adhesive, plywood manufacturing, plant-based, environment-friendly

Oshika Corporation (Tokyo), an adhesive manufacturer, has developed lignin phenol adhesive for plywood manufacturing. It has been testing this new adhesive at Niigata Gouhan Shinko and has acquired JAS certification on January 7, 2020. Lignin is derived from wood and is an important component in the formation of cell walls in wood and bark. …

Koskisen achieved EPD for its plywood and chipboard

06-03-2020
Koskisen’s plywood and chipboard haveKoskisen, chipboard, plywood, Environmental Product Declaration, environmental life cycle, EPD, emissions, environmental impacts, use of resources, land use

Koskisen’s plywood and chipboard have received an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), a certified document that communicates information about a product’s environmental life cycle impacts. An EPD provides information on, for example, the emissions resulting from the manufacture of the product, the product’s environmental …

Technology to destroy pests in wood may soon be commercialised

03-02-2020
RF, radio frequency, pallet sanitation, pest, termination, wood-sanitation treatment, Penn State University Park, efficient, environment friendly

A technology that uses dielectric heating and radio frequency energy to destroy destructive pests lurking within wood products is closer to commercialisation after a recent commercial trial at Penn State’s University Park campus. The Dec. 17 demonstration was observed by regulatory and wood products industry professionals from the U.S. and …

San Francisco welcomes next largest mass timer office building in the U.S.

16-12-2019
Pier 70, redevelopment, Hacker Architects, San Francisco, U.S., mass timber, architecture, green, sustainable, environment, workplace, CLT, glulam, Brookfield Properties

San Francisco gets ready to start the construction of the largest mass timber office building in the United States as part of a 28-acre development on its historic Pier 70. Led by Brookfield Properties, the six-storey, 310,000-square-foot structure will be among the first new buildings to anchor the city’s newest waterfront …

Horten Upper Secondary School – Norway’s highest environmentally classified education building

02-12-2019
Horten Upper Secondary School, Norway, highest environmentally classified education building, BREEAM Outstanding project, wood, timber, passive house standards

Horten upper secondary school won the international sustainable BREEAM Awards 2019 for the best public sector building at the design stage. The project is referred to as an example of a future-oriented learning environment and is Norway’s highest environmentally classified education building. The building is innovative and avant-garde in …

IKEA buys extensive amount of forestland in the U.S.

27-11-2019
IKEA, Ingka Group, forest land, Piney Woods, Southeast Oklahoma, sustainability, environment, climate positive

With two recent land acquisitions, including one in East Texas’ Piney Woods, IKEA’s parent company has almost doubled its U.S. forestland portfolio, reported The Dallas Morning News. The most recent purchase of 42,000 acres included the Piney Woods land, following a separate deal for 18,000 acres of forest in Southeast Oklahoma. The …

Stora Enso to move its head office to new wooden building in Helsinki

14-11-2019
Sotra Enso, new wood building, Helsinki, LEED Platinum environmental certification, sustainability

Stora Enso is partnering with the Finnish pension insurance company Varma in the construction of a new head office in the centre of Helsinki, Finland. Stora Enso will lease part of the building, which will showcase world-class modern wooden architecture. The building is expected to be completed in 2023, as the company says in its press …

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