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USGBC Exec: Expansion of Wood Standard Unlikely Before December

By Craig Webb The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) hopes to finish work by year-end on a proposal to allow wood certified by groups other than the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to qualify for points under USGBC’s LEED program for green construction, a vice president of the council told lumber dealers and distributors recently. That’s …

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Guide to Building with FSC Released

By Stephani L. Miller Forest products consulting firm Forest Products Solutions of Portland, Ore., has published a resource guide for developers, residential architects, builders, remodelers, and homeowners, “Building & Remodeling with FSC.” The guide teaches residential building pros about forest certification, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and strategies for incorporating FSC-certified products into homes.

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The Case for Higher Single-Family Housing Starts

An economist who specializes in the wood products industry explains why he believes most forecasts for housing starts are too low. By Paul Jannke The U.S. housing sector is in its worst downturn in more than 50 years. With five months of data in, single-family housing starts are poised to average just 370,000 units at …

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Future of Wood: Long Shadows

In many ways, the future of wood will be shaped substantively not by what we do, but what our forefathers did decades ago. By Craig Webb Not long ago, I visited a sawmill just west of the Continental Divide that’s making a business out of our ancestors’ mistakes. Intermountain Resources’ operation in Montrose, Colo., expects …

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Inadequate Panel Spacing – a common but costly mistake.

Ambient Temperatures and moisture conditions cause a constant state of expansion and contraction in every substance there is, whether solid, liquid or gas. This explains why bridges have expansion joints, why sidewalks have expansion joints and why you have to space structural panels such as OSB and plywood by 1/8” at joints to give them …

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Inadequate Panel Spacing – A Costly Mistake!

Ambient Temperatures and moisture conditions cause a constant state of expansion and contraction in every substance there is, whether solid, liquid or gas. This explains why bridges have expansion joints, why sidewalks have expansion joints and why you have to space structural panels such as OSB and plywood by 1/8” at joints to give them …

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