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Our Forests & Our Civilization: Interview Series with John Perlin – Part II – Forests Change the World

Originally published on Planetsave. Welcome to Part II of our interview series with John Perlin, author of “A Forest Journey: the Story of Wood and Civilization,” an important book that has now come out in its third edition. Our topic? Our forests and our civilization. Perlin details the place of forests and wood in our civilization’s evolution. In […]

November 30th

Metsä Wood Re-imagines Empire State Building As Wooden Building

Metsä Wood of Finland, manufacturer of quality wood products from local forest sources, is working with internationally known architect Michael Green to promote its Plan B campaign, which seeks to educate design professionals that wood should always be considered as a serious construction option. Green is famous for re-imaging existing buildings, such as his current projects – the […]

November 26th

Cross Laminated Timber Ideal For Urban Buildings

Architect Michael Green of Vancouver is a strong advocate for using engineered wood products like cross laminated timber (CLT) to construct medium to high rise buildings.  His mantra is “The Earth grows our food. The earth can grow our homes. It’s an ethical change that we have to go through.” He says wood sequesters carbon dioxide […]

November 21st

Which Is More Green – SFI or FSC Lumber?

The two main sustainable forestry certification programs (Sustainable Forestry Initiative, SFI, and Forest Stewardship Council, FSC) have been fighting for years to determine which is better.  SFI has struggled to gain a foothold in the industry, and has been working to be approved by the US Green Building Council’s LEED green building rating system.  In an […]

October 16th

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Recognized By BREEAM

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has been recognized by green building rating system BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) for its ability to allow the construction industry to responsibly source forest products. Their efforts to make one of the greenest building elements- wood!- even greener are definitely worth taking notice of! According to the […]

September 30th

Green Materials Report – Wood

This post is part of the green materials report series.  GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green.  Each post focuses on one material.  We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes green materials green, and any green product certifications that it has earned.  […]

September 26th

Green Materials Report: Wheatboard

This post is part of the Green Materials Report series.  GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green.  Each post focuses on one material.  We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned.  We […]

June 27th

Battery Made Of Wood Could Be Much Greener

There’s a lot of research going on in the realm of batteries these days. It seems like there’s a “battery breakthrough” announced almost every day. Clearly, all these battery breakthroughs won’t make it to commercialization, and it’s hard to identify which will. This new battery made of wood one could be promising… but would the […]

June 21st

Make it Green: What Are the Greenest Choices of Wood for Building?

“The argument that somehow non-wood construction materials are ultimately better for carbon emissions than wood products is not supported by our research.
“Trees removed in an environmentally responsible way allow forests to continue to sequester carbon through new forest growth. Wood products continue to benefit the environment by storing carbon long after the building has been constructed,” he added.

June 18th

Guest Post: Sourcing Eco-Friendly Wood and Wooden Products

Wood is one of the greener materials you can use; it is renewable, doesn’t release any harmful emissions (though the products used to treat it can) and can last for years making it easy to reuse. The problem is that using wood from the wrong sources is to take part in a system that leads to deforestation, exploitation of indigenous peoples and shipping tons of wood from all over the world.

April 25th

Why Is That 2 x 4 So-So-So Crooked?

Seasoned carpenters and lumber mill operators may not talk much about the warped wood they have to build into straight walls, roof systems, and stairways, but they remember the days when the wood they cut was figuratively straight as an arrow and any deviations got summarily tossed into the scrap pile without second thought.

April 18th

Green Building 101: Selecting Building Materials from Nature

Selecting materials for your green building project can be daunting, to say the least. Every product says it is "green" or "environmentally friendly." In addition, there are different certifications and labels, each supposedly better than the others. One seemingly obvious alternative is to buy products taken directly from nature. Wood, linoleum, bamboo, wool carpets, cork, and wheatboard are a few that come to mind.

March 2nd