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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Lend Lease beats Grocon in CLT

Lend Lease will construct the first high-rise building using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) in Australia at Docklands in Melbourne. The project is due for completion in October 2012 and the company aims to develop 30-50 per cent of its apartments using CLT. Source: Timberbiz
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Forestry Tasmania sends residues to China

The Tasmanian Government has confirmed that Forestry Tasmania (FT), in partnership with the private sector, is sending a small quantity of export peeler quality blackwood logs to China. Source: Timberbiz
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Global investment in biomass

Global investment in biomass power generation will total $104 billion in 2021 according to Pike Research. This is just one aspect that will be discussed at the Bioenergy Finance Forum to be run in September this year. Sources: Ecoseed, Pike Research
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Hawaii Electric Light is bioenergy fuelled

Hawaii Electric Light is to buy Hu Honua Bioenergy. Hu Honua is converting the old Hilo Coast Power Co. facility at the Pepeekeo Sugar Mill into an electric generation facility that will be powered by locally grown biomass such as eucalyptus. Source: Pacific Business News
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US to LEED changes for timber

US Congressman Glenn Thompson sent a bipartisan letter to US Green Building Council (USGBC) urging changes to the treatment of forest products under the Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2012 rating system. Source: North Central PA
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Malaysia speeds up forest plantation

Malaysia’s government plans to allocate RM3 billion to expand the country's forest plantation by up to 375,000ha by 2020 to ensure a sustainable and guaranteed supply of raw materials for wood related industries. Source: The Star Online
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King Billy Pine pipeline finds new homes

A father and son from Hobart are using timber that has been salvaged from a leaky wooden pipeline to build boats. The wood is King Billy Pine, a timber considered even more rare than Huon Pine. Source: ABC News
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International Research Group on Wood Protection outcomes

Jack Norton, president of the International Research Group (IRG) on Wood Protection, spoke at the Wood Preservation 2012 conference on the outcomes of the recent International Research Group meeting in Malaysia held in early May. Source: Timberbiz
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Is Australia’s economic outlook wooden?

At the Wood Preservation 2012 conference in Melbourne Andrew Harvey, Senior Economist HIA presented his economic opinions for the industry – though he was quick to point out that an economist’s opinions are always nebulous. Source: Timberbiz
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