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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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Stonework survives devastating Notre Dame fire

April 22, 2019

From NCMA eNews April 18, 2019 The ferocious Paris blaze that sent shock waves through the news earlier this week -- highlighted by the dire image of an iconic 300-foot oak spire collapsing altogether -- ended with catastrophic damage to one of the most historic buildings in the world: Notre Dame Cathedral. Experts are now…
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New report questions wood sustainability

April 16, 2019

From NCMA eNewsApril 11, 2019 A recent study from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has found that many life cycle assessments (LCAs) that show wood construction lowers carbon emissions often overlook several important factors. Most notably, the Winnipeg-based think tank said typical LCAs do not track or account for “biogenic” carbon — a…
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CAC accuses province of bypassing code, putting residents at risk

April 5, 2019

From NCMA eNewsApril 4, 2019 Local governments in British Columbia, Canada will be allowed to adopt mass-timber technology for construction of buildings up to 12 stories, up from the current allowance of six stories and ahead of national building code standards. The announcement has drawn heavy criticism from the Cement Association of Canada (CAC), which…
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