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Arizona power generator may switch from coal to wood

Arizona’s largest electricity utility plans to test whether a coal-fired plant can instead be fueled by wood chips from pine trees, a conversion that could keep part of the plant open and save jobs of some its workers. Forest thinning that would produce the biomass for Arizona Public
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Brexit impact and stall is felt hard by timber businesses

SR Timber’s Trading Director joined business leaders to tell UK Conservative Nicky Morgan MP about the stark realities that businesses are facing as the uncertainty around Brexit continues. The group, which included the Confederation of British Industry, a high street bank and leading
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Scotland turns to robotics to help address market needs

A new research program at Robert Gordon University (RGU) will focus on robotic fabrication of cross-laminated timber (CLT) joints. Researchers from the university’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment will be working on the project with the Construction Sco
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UK promotes direct connections between specifiers & producers

TimberWorks in the UK is a new campaign promoting understanding and knowledge-sharing between architects, builders, specifiers and TTF member timber suppliers. Just recently this included a visit to a local forest to see timber selection and harvesting, and a visit to East Brothers’ e
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World Architecture Festival entries open for 2019

For the second time, PEFC is sponsoring the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Best Use of Certified Timber Prize that rewards architects and project teams for their use of certified timber as a main construction material for buildings outstanding in sustainability, innovation, quality
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Michigan University to lead the charge in Michigan for CLT

Michigan State University’s future STEM Teaching and Learning Facility will be the first in Michigan to use an innovative wood product for its load-bearing structure. The US$100 million facility will be constructed of glue-laminated wooden columns and cross-laminated timber, or CLT, a
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WoodWorks US 2019 Wood Design Awards

WoodWorks – Wood Products Council has announced the winners of its 2019 Wood Design Awards, which celebrate innovation and excellence in wood building design across the US. Awards are an opportunity to recognize building designers for their skill and ingenuity, and to showcase project
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US wood pellet exports up 17% in 2018

It may not be a major part of the Australian industry, and it may not ever be, but the global wood pellet market continues to grow. Latest data analysed by Forest2Market in the US shows that US exports of wood pellets rose 17% in 2018, to 6 million tonnes. Of interest, the export valu
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AFPA CEO reappointed to UN FAO forestry advisory body

The Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), Mr Ross Hampton, has been reappointed for a third consecutive term to the international body which advises the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on matters relating to sustain
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US trust spends $11m to conserve redwood forests

The Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) has announced US$11.7 million deal to preserve two redwood forests totaling 937 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It’s the organization’s largest deal in a decade, and it comes with a new partner in conservation: Big Creek Lumber Company. Source:
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