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January-February 2016 Newsletter
Highlights SLB Call for Nominations
The Softwood Lumber Board, the 19 member Board that oversees the softwood lumber check-off, seeks nominations of softwood lumber manufacturers and importers interested in candidacy for Board seats coming open in January, 2017. The deadline to receive nominations is midnight, March 4, 2016. Click here for information about nomination procedures, eligibility and the Board's diversity goals.

Program Updates

SLB Director Don Demens: Working Together to Sell More Lumber 
Western Forest Products President & CEO Don Demens notes that Softwood Lumber Board-sponsored programs have achieved particular success by focusing on expanding the use of wood in non-traditional markets, such as mid-rise construction.  By combining industry efforts to develop and expand new markets, the SLB has been able to initiate exciting and effective programs that would not have been possible by individual companies. In three short years it is conservatively estimated that SLB initiatives have resulted in new demand of 1.5 BBF since 2012. (read more)

AWC: ICC Tall Wood Ad-hoc Committee Approved
The International Code Council (ICC) Board of Directors has approved establishment of the AWC-requested Tall Wood Ad-hoc Committee. AWC had petitioned ICC, the organization producing U.S. model building codes, for creation of the Committee as part of the industry strategy toward taller building approval by the 2021 model building code. The committee is expected to study tall wood construction from a building code perspective and may well become the proponent of tall wood code changes for the 2021 International Building Code. 

AWC Releases Construction Fire Best Practice Manuals, Website
AWC released three manuals and a website designed to inform developers, local building departments and fire departments on how to prevent and reduce fire losses in buildings under construction. The website can be found at:

Wood, Naturally: Treated Wood Use Categories Infographic Informs Contractors and DIYers
As part of its focus on corporate and industry partnerships, Wood, Naturallcompleted the creation of a technical infographic with Western Wood Preservers Institute, which details use categories (ICC-ES and AWPA) for treated wood by residential project. The infographic has been promoted on Wood, Naturally’s website and social media platforms, receiving more than 75 million shares on Facebook. 

New Wood, Naturally Videos Demonstrate the Value of Wood Products to Homeowners
Wood, Naturally has produced two new animated YouTube and Facebook videos to demonstrate to homeowners the economic, environmental, energy-efficient nature of wood construction as compared to competing projects.  This video focuses on the structure of the home and this video focuses on outdoor projects.
Wood Wise: Building Planet- and People-Friendly Homes
Wood: The Go-To Choice for Your Outdoor Oasis

Wood: The Go-To Choice for Your Outdoor Oasis

reThink Wood: read the January reThink Wood Newsletter
View the January reThink Wood Newsletter: Wood in the indoor environment, the benefits of wood offices, mass timber news, and more!  

reThink Wood: New CEU offered by reThink Wood: Designing for Durability
Architects specify wood for many reasons, but one characteristic about wood buildings is often underestimated: their durability.  This CEU addresses misperceptions that buildings made of concrete or steel last longer than buildings made of wood.  

WoodWorks Assistance in Achieving Code Variance Opens Buffalo Market to More Wood Construction.
When CIS Architects had an issue getting a wood-frame pro
ject approved by local officials, they contacted WoodWorks for advice. CIS Architects wanted to take advatage of the building’s waterfront location by maximizing restaurant space in the podium, but Buffalo code is based on the 2006 International Building Code (IBC), which requires parking within the podium.
WoodWorks pointed 
out that it is very common to obtain a variance based on future codes, and that every code after the 2006 IBC has allowed expanded occupancies within podiums. WoodWorks guided CIS Architects through the variance approval process, setting a precedence for future wood-framed podium projects in the jurisdiction.  Had the variance not succeded, the project could have been entirely classified as type III construction, switching from wood to concrete or steel on the top three floors. The building will utilize 510,000 board feet of lumber. 

Industry News

America’s First Modern Tall Timber Building Rises in Minneapolis.
The 7-story T3 building is under construction in Minneapolis.  Designed by Michael Green Architecture, the building will utilize glue-laminated posts and beams to support a nail-laminated decking structure with panels up to 42 feet long and 10 feet wide.  Construction is expected to finish this fall. (read more)

West Virgin
ia School Sets Example as First CLT School in the USA.
Setting the stage for more educational buildings of its kind, Franklin Elementary School is the first school in the country to be built out of cross-laminated timber.  School officials chose the CLT design because of its ability to be finished within a short construction window in the harsh West Virginia Winter.  The 45,000 square foot school houses 300 children and utilizes 820,000 board feet of lumber. (read more)

Large Concrete Condominium Under Construction Catches Fire
Large sections of a concrete building under construction in Ocean City, MD were engulfed in flames during a construction fire.  The building suffered significant damage, rendering it not suitable to be occupied. (read more)

Dates Announced for 2017 Forest Products Expo
The Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) has announced that its 34th Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition – EXPO 2017 – will be held June 14-16, 2017 at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center.  The show’s theme: Blueprint for Success. Visit for more information.

Car Created with a Single Log for Timber Kings TV Show Takes Speed Record
HGTV Canada recently set a new world record for the Fastest motorised log, creating a super-fast vehicle built from a single section of Western Red Cedar. The car was created from a single log from British Columbia, Canada, with the build taking over 3,000 man hours. (see more)

Virginia Tech's Monthly Housing Report
This monthly housing commentary report is a free service of Virginia Tech and is intended to help one gauge future business activity. December 2015's report can be downloaded here (released February 2016), and all past housing reports are archived here.

Data Watch: Home Renovation Professionals Bullish on 2016
Two new reports from Houzz show that the vast majority of residential home design professionals are confident that their revenue and profit will rise in 2016. The news comes on the heels of a reported strong 2015, when nearly three-quarters of residential building, renovation and design companies on Houzz experienced revenue growth. (read more)

See the full 2016 Houzz State of the Industry report
See the full Renovation Barometer Q4 2015 report 




March 9
Forest & Forest Products


Mar 22-24: Portland, OR
Mass Timber Conference

Wood Solutions Fairs

Mar 23: Minneapolis, MN
2016 Midwest Wood Solutions Fair

Apr 26: Portland, OR
2016 Northwest Wood Solutions Fair


Mid-Rise Shear Walls and Diaphragms
Feb 10 Tampa
Mar 1 Jacksonville 
Mar 2 Orlando 
Mar 16 Portland, ME

How to: Intermediate Level Course on Type II and Type V Mid-Rise Wood-Frame Design
Feb 24 Seattle 
Feb 25 Portland, OR

Moisture Management and Building Enclosure Detailing: Concepts for Durable Wood Assemblies
Mar 7, San Diego 
Mar 8, Long Beach
Mar 9, Sacramento
Mar 10 Berkeley

Lunch Seminars

Opportunties for Wood Use in Low-Rise Commercial Buildings
Feb 24 Houston
Feb 25 Addison, TX
Mar 8 Washington, DC;
Mar 9 Baltimore
Mar 10 Philladelphia

The Case for CLT: Opportunities and Challenges
Feb 23 Denver

Mid-Rise Design & the Long and Short of Wood Roof Systems
Mar 15 Columbus, OH
Mar 16 Woodmere, OH
Mar 17 Pittsburgh, PA

Practical and Inspirational: Exposing the Potential of Heavy Timber Construction
Mar 22 Cromwell, CT
Mar 23 Providence, RI
Mar 24 Waltham, MA
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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