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What happens to mass timber glues under heat?

June 18, 2020

From the WCTE 2018 proceedings The increasing use of cross laminated timber (CLT) panels in large multi-story buildings has highlighted the structural performance of CLT in fire as a critical issue concerning life safety and serviceability. It is well-known that wood material strength decreases when exposed to elevated temperature for an extended period of time.…
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Wooden high-rises don’t guarantee reduced emissions

June 2, 2020

From NCMA eNewsMay 21, 2020 The use of wood products, and cross-laminated timber (CLT) in particular, is a hot topic in the design community based on the promise of reduced carbon emissions. But CLT is lacking in one crucial element: proof that it will really help slow climate change. Some forest scientists, climate modelers and…
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To save our climate we need taller trees not taller wooden buildings

April 2, 2020

From TMS Sustainability E-NewsVol 12 No 6March 31, 2020 A recent article from the Center for Sustainable Economy expressed the need to let trees continue to grow in order to combat climate change. Increased emissions and diminished carbon sequestration capacity are two effects make conventional wood production very carbon intensive. For every ton of carbon…
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Economist: Mass timber is not an environmental benefit

June 21, 2019

From NCMA eNewsJune 20, 2019 In a story recently published in the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, "YaleEnvironment 360", John Talberth, a sustainability economist, says the idea that mass timber is a silver bullet for a healthy environment is a myth. "We want to debunk the myth that mass timber is in any…
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Federal grants unfairly promote wood

May 31, 2019

From NCMA eNewsMay 30, 2019 NCMA and several other construction industry groups have asked Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council (NEC), to review the use of taxpayer dollars to fund projects that supposedly promote one building material over others. The organizations communicated disappointment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) awarding of more…
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