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August 2015 Newsletter

SLB Funded Programs Lumber Industry News
AWC’s Design Tools Featured in Inaugural “Code Counts” e-Newsletter
The International Code Council (ICC), developer of U.S. model building standards, and publisher Hanley Wood launched the Code Counts newsletter, with AWC as the exclusive sponsor of the first issue. Aiming to inform and educate nearly 27,000 building officials about wood construction, the inaugural issue highlights AWC’s online tools, including the Maximum Span Calculator for Wood Joists and Rafters and the Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide.

The ICC initiative invites building official members to join Code Official Connections, AWC’s new program for building officials to receive free technical publications and software, updates on free education programs such as ICC Preferred Provider CEUs, and a subscription to AWC’s WoodPost newsletter tailored to building officials. Visit AWC

Program Updates
Tour Supports U.S. Designers while Expanding WoodWorks' Influence
To encourage use of innovative lumber products in a wider range of building types, WoodWorks took nine U.S. architects, engineers and developers on a two-day tour of seven buildings using mass timber in British Columbia. The tour was by invitation only for professionals considering using mass timber on a current project. At the tour's end, participants expressed a much greater knowledge of mass timber products, were excited to apply what they learned and to champion innovative wood products to their clients and other design professionals. Visit WoodWorks

Wood, Naturally Partners with Olympic Paint and Stains on Deck Maintenance Infographic
A "How to Clean and Refinish Your Deck" infographic that shares six easy steps to clean and refinish wood decks, published July 10, has reached an audience of more than 57.4 million people through more than 560 online placements. Earlier in June, the campaign syndicated an article highlighting the health benefits of wood in the home, placing it more than 1,100 times and reaching more than 62.9 million online users and 1.2 million print readers. Visit Wood, Naturally
Lumber Industry News

USGBC Recognizes Benefits of Building with Wood
For the first time, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has begun promoting wood as a premier sustainable building material, due to its low environmental impact. In the article written by the USGBC, Sustainable building: Why wood is our most valuable resourcethe USGBC speaks positively about the use of wood, as well as referencing certification without citing a specific certification program. For these reasons, the SLB is highlightng this article to the industry.

7 Story Mass Timber T3 Minneapolis Breaks Ground
The first modern tall wood building built in the U.S. just broke ground. Called T3 Minneapolis (timber, technology, transportation), the project is led by Hines, a developer with a vision for a new type of sustainable construction. The decision to go with NLT (nail-laminated timber) hinged on factors including aesthetics, structural advantages, lower cost, and faster procurement times.  The blog notes, “Our company goal is to help bring these structures to reality across North America. The 19th century was the age of steel, the 20th of concrete; this century is the new age of timber.”

Discover How the Concrete Industry Views Softwood Lumber Competition
A recent report by the concrete industry notes, “[because of] aggressive promotion, lumber has gained significant market share at the expense of concrete. Concrete’s share of the above-grade wall market has declined from 14% in 2005 to about 7% currently." 

Report Provides Metrics for Benefits of Using Solid Timber Construction
The Solid Timber Construction Process Practice Performance report details the benefits of using Solid Timber Construction, where elements of a wood building are constructed off-site (at a factory) and then shipped to the construction site and assembled. Case studies quantify monetary savings, schedule (construction time) savings, scope, quality, risk and worker safety benefits.

Province of Quebec Approves Massive Wood Construction Up to 12 Stories
Treehugger reports that until recently, builders in Quebec "could only go to six storeys using conventional stick framing." Now, however, Quebec recognizes the promise of CLT and has approved it for greater height. The article notes a defensive response from the concrete and steel industries.



Sept. 28-30, 2015:
FPS Intro to Wood Science and Forest Products Course

Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2015:

(Blacksburg, VA)
Introduction to Structural Design of Wood Buildings per the 2015 NDS 

Oct. 15, 2015
(Webinar, 1:55pm ET): Structural Condition Assessment of in-Service Wood

reThink Wood
Timber in the City Student Design Competition
See here for information

Nominations now open for 2016 U.S. Wood Design Awards (Entries due Sept. 30, 2015):
See here for information

Lunch Seminars: 
See here 
for full schedule and locations.

Sept. 16, 2015:
(Danvers, MA)
2015 Northeast Wood Solutions Fair 

Nov. 19, 2015:

(Seattle, WA)
2015 Washington Wood Solutions Fair 

Dec. 9, 2015:
(Anaheim, CA)
2015 Southern California Wood Solutions Fair 
The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) is an industry funded initiative established to promote the benefits and uses of softwood lumber products in outdoor, residential and non-residential construction. Programs and initiatives supported by the SLB will focus on increasing the demand for appearance and softwood lumber products in the United States.

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