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Mass Timber Market Updates - February 2024 - Week Eight

February 26, 2024 Paul Kremer Season 4 Episode 194
Mass Timber Construction Podcast
Mass Timber Market Updates - February 2024 - Week Eight
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Discover how the European Union's groundbreaking carbon removal certification scheme is poised to change the face of mass timber construction and carbon storage in wood-based materials. Our latest episode delves into the environmental impact of this innovative approach, exploring the four key types of carbon removals and how they're set to encourage sustainability in the industry. With the buzz around this scheme, we also share the latest from Washington State University, where researchers are on the brink of developing more resilient and durable housing materials from thermally modified, cross-laminated timber and recycled carbon. This is not just news; it's a potential game-changer for how we build our future.

This time around, we're also extending an exclusive invitation to Australian professionals itching to get a first-hand look at the European mass timber scene. Join us as we unpack details of an exciting travel trip, offering an immersive experience from manufacturing to construction. And for those passionate about sustainable development, we examine the hot topic of adaptive reuse within circular economy principles. Gear up for an episode that's not only informative but one that promises to ignite a spark of inspiration for anyone interested in the intersection of construction, innovation, and environmental stewardship.

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Paul:

Ladies and gentlemen, we are live. This is the moment you all have been waiting for. It's time for the global sensation, the one, the only, the oldest you've ever made Anyway podcast in the world, the past Timber construction podcast, and now here's what's right on your house. Good morning, good afternoon all, good evening Wherever you are in the world today. Welcome to the mass Timber construction podcast. And we are in February, in 2024. I cannot believe how quickly time is flying. Don't forget the international mass Timber conference, important Oregon, is on in March, the end of March. Please do get your accommodation booked, your flights booked, get your registration in and enjoy an amazing feast of mass Timber education, connection networking. And if you want to listen to the podcast episode with Arnie speaking about what's coming up, please do go back and have a look at our backlog and you'll be able to hear all the sights and sounds from the event. Don't forget to hit the subscribe button so you never miss an episode of the podcast, as we bring you the news each week from around the world.

Paul:

And let's have a look at what's making news in mass Timber construction land this week. The big news coming out of the European Union this week is the world's first carbon removal certification scheme. The scheme includes the temporary carbon storage in long lasting products such as wood base construction, for at least 35 years. The four types of removals that are listed under the certification scheme include the temporary storage of carbon based on farming, such as restoring forests and soil and wetland management. Permanent carbon removal, such as direct air capture and bioenergy, with the last two activities that must last for at least five years to be certified, and must not lead to land being acquired for speculative purposes, negatively affecting the rural communities. So we're really looking at putting the environment first and then looking at products such as wood base, products that might be used in construction, such as mass timber, and creating this ecosystem. The bill advancing through the EU is a step in the right direction. Congratulations to everyone involved and if you'd like to read more about the scheme, please head to our mass timber construction journal LinkedIn feed.

Paul:

And Washington State University researchers have received a two year grant to make more resilient and durable housing materials from thermally modified, cross-limited timber and recycled carbon. The researchers, including notable people from the Department of Civil Environmental Engineering, along with assistant professors based in composite materials and engineering centre, are collaborating with composite recycling technology centre in Port Angeles and the construction engineering research laboratory to explore ways to use the advanced thermally modified CLT material in deployable structures, with the goal of extending its application to single and two-story multi-residential units. As part of the project, the researchers will analyse the structure and the materials and evaluate the possibility of mass produced panels. These are one of a kind initiative in the Pacific Northwest and we look forward to seeing the results. If you'd like to read more, please head to our LinkedIn feed.

Paul:

And if you are in Australia and you would like to know more about the European mass timber market, from manufacturing to construction wood solutions, and currently has a call out for anybody in the AAC community, through Andrew Dunn and the Timber Development Association in New South Wales, for a six day insightful, engaging travel trip from Vienna, austria, milan, all the way through using a coach to glulam CLT plants and other leading edge technologies that are close in the region. You'll be staying in hotel accommodation and that will be built from wood that showcase clever architecture and interior design, and this is an opportunity for you to look at the origins and learn about the future of mass timber buildings from witnessing at first hand in Europe. If you'd like to find out more, please head to the Wood Solutions website where you can look for the international study tour. The tour is taking place on the 26th of May to the 1st of June. If you'd like to get in, be first or you might miss out.

Paul:

And all the buzz right now is the concept of adaptive reuse as part of this circular economy principles or philosophies. If you'd like to read a great article that's been put together that looks at adaptive reuse as the missing piece in the housing puzzle, which really takes stock that might have been purposed for something else, like offices, and then transforms this and potentially creates greater housing stock to address the urban densification problem and sprawl problem that we currently have in many modern cities around the world, if you'd like to read the article, please head to our LinkedIn journal feed and you'll be able to read all about adaptive reuse. Fantastic article and congratulations to Leather Architecture and the new timber office complex which is rising next to Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles to provide work spaces for people in the region. The building will be built from cross-limited timber, which provides a sustainable alternative to more traditional materials, and its choice reflects the growing trends towards sustainability and architecture in the region. The office complex be one of the first in Los Angeles to utilize mass timber and provides 1,222 square feet of office space, 7,000 square feet of retail space, all supported by 141 car garage, and the inclusion of the James Conner Field Operations for Landscape Design further emphasizes the project's commitment to integrating nature and urban development harmoniously. If you'd like to see more details, you know where to head our mass timber construction journal LinkedIn feed.

Paul:

And that's it, folks. That's all we've got time for this week in mass timber construction land. We hope that you are doing well. Have a great week. We look forward to catching up with you next week. Good morning, good afternoon or good night. Don't forget to hit subscribe. It's goodbye from me from the mass timber construction podcast. You.