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From the street, the new seven-story "T3" building going up in Minneapolis looks a lot like an old warehouse: large repeating windows and weathered steel sheathing the color of brick. But it's a revolutionary structure, and the irony is that its cutting-edge nature rests on an old-school material: wood. When T3 opens this month, it will be the tallest modern wooden building in the United States. And to hear the architect behind the tower tell it, T3 is the future of urban construction.
Experience the latest in process and product innovations at the 4th International Conference on Process Technologies for the Forest and Bio-based Products Industries (PTF BPI), Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 25 and 26, in St. Simons Island, Georgia, USA. The conference is jointly hosted by The Forest Products Society, University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon and Forest Products and Timber Construction Department — Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.
Processing and product innovation topics will include:
See the full program here.
- Traceability of round wood
- Process optimization at commercial wood treatment plant
- Optimizing biorefining fractionation
- Testing and efficacy of flame retardants
- Reducing fines during OSB production
- Impact of new wood preservation technologies
Register online today! For questions regarding the conference, including registration, workshops, accommodation and program information, contact Forest Product Society's Member Connection at +1-855-475-0291 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two special workshops: "Experimental Design Workshop for Manufacturers and Researchers" and "Life Cycle Assessment: Everything You Need to Know and Were Afraid to Ask," will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26, during the 4th International Conference on Process Technologies for the Forest and Bio-based Products Industries (PTF BPI), at The King and Prince Golf Resort in St. Simons Island, Georgia.
The "Experimental Design Workshop," taught by Timothy M. Young, Ph.D., from The University of Tennessee, will offer participants the basics of developing a design and interpreting statistical results from experimental data.
The workshop offers a great contemporary and practical overview for manufacturers and scientists. Key topics include:
What is "Life Cycle Assessment" or "LCA"? Participants will answer these questions and more in the workshop "Life Cycle Assessment: Everything You Need to Know and Were Afraid to Ask." Taught by Maureen Puettmann, Ph.D., of WoodLife Environmental Consultants, participants will gain a greater understanding of what it takes to develop and interpret a LCA reports, as well as determine factors to decide if an LCA is good for their small business. Topics include:
- General Linear Model (GLM)
- Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
- Factorial Design
- Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA)
- Taguchi Robust Product Design
For more information about these workshop, please visit here.
- How to begin thinking about a product LCA?
- What data are required?
- What is an impact assessment?
- What do the results mean?
- How does my LCA stack up?
- What is an Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)?
The 2017 IUFRO All-Division 5 (Forest Products) Forest Sector Innovations for a Greener Future Conference is seeking presenters for its "Small Conventional Power Systems" technical session. The conference will be held in June 12-16, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada.
The Conference is jointly organized by IUFRO Division 5 and the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, FPInnovations, and the Society of Wood Science and Technology (60th International Convention).
Abstracts can address these topics:
The submission deadline is Oct. 31. For more information, including submission guidelines and general conference information, visit http://www.iufrodiv5-2017.ca/.
- Wood Quality
- Physiomechanical Properties of Wood and Wood-based Materials
- Wood Protection
- Wood Processing
- Composite and Reconstituted Products
- Properties and Utilization of Plantation Wood
- Forest Products Marketing and Business Management
- Non-wood Forest Products
- Non-wood Forest Products
According to the Hardwood Federation, a body representing 28 hardwood associations, the U.S. Department of Treasury has proposed changes to federal estate tax regulations that will have a significant, negative impact on small and medium businesses, including hardwood lumber businesses. Proposed Aug. 2, the changes potentially prohibit the use of any type of discounts that are customarily applied in valuing assets and property for both tax and non-tax purposes. These include discounts for both minority interests and lack of marketability.
"Embryonic," "very young," "in its infancy," "growing" — these are all terms people working to expand the domestic bulk wood pellet distribution infrastructure use to describe its current state. And that's in the Northeast, the most developed region of the U.S. Elsewhere, the word "nonexistent" is accurate.
A new report finds that Maine's forest products industry supports more than 33,000 jobs and will contribute about $8.5 billion to the state's economy this year, despite recent job losses and mill closures.
The report, by an assistant University of Maine professor, was presented at the Maine Forest Products Council's annual meeting on Monday. It shows that the industry's overall economic impact dropped by about $1 billion between 2014 and 2016, but is no worse off than it was in 2011.
The National Law Review
Importers, retailers, and others that sell goods containing plywood or other composite wood products face significant compliance challenges from EPA's new Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products (the Standards). The final rule adopting the standards was signed on July 27. The Standards implement Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act. They are based on the formaldehyde emission limits of the Airborne Toxic Control Measure to Reduce Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products of the California Air Resources Board. The Standards differ from the ATCM in several ways. But compliance with the ATCM will help substantially as companies work to meet their obligations under the Standards.
The New York Times
Eve Lonnquist's family has owned a forest in the mountains of northwest Oregon since her grandmother bought the land in 1919. Her 95-year-old father still lives on the 157-acre property. And she and her wife often drive up from their home just outside Portland.
But lately, Lonnquist, 59 and recently retired, has been thinking about the future of her family's land. Like many small-forest owners, they draw some income from logging and would like to keep doing so. But they would also like to see the forest, with its stands of Douglas fir, alder and cherry, protected from clear-cutting or being sold off to developers.
An international study, which includes a researcher from the University of Calgary, has found that two trees in Alberta and British Columbia use the same genes to adapt to different climates — a discovery that could have practical applications for the forestry industry.
Residential wood heat in the U.S. is plagued by the same problems as Europe and scores of other cold countries: most stoves are old, obsolete and put out too much smoke. As a result, wood heating elicits a mix of appreciation, ambivalence and antipathy. Those who use it the most invariably love it. Those who use it the least, and often live in more urbanized areas, think it's antiquated and polluting. One of the main solutions has been to incentivize the replacement of older, more polluting stoves.
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