While checking social media, I came a cross this article from ARCHITECTURE AU on LinkedIn. The Austrailian publication has great content. “The Buildings We Deserve” is a Q&A with Andrew Waugh. Andrew is the co-founder of Waugh Thistleton, a London-based architecture firm that specializes in Timber structures. Timber in much of the world is used to refer to lumber. More specifically, in the case of Waugh Thistleton, they are referencing Cross Laminated Timber (CLT).
The following is from a Column that I write for Timber Processing Magazine and appears in the June 2017 issue. Special thanks to Rich Donnell and the team at Hatton-Brown Publishing for providing the platform for me to share my thoughts.
European Mass Timber Tour
May 22nd to May 26th, we had the opportunity to visit the epicenter of Mass Timber. Europe has been developing the market for mass timber production and construction for more than a decade. It’s not much of a surprise to see Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glue Laminated Beams (Glulam) structures in most parts of Europe. And that is continuing to grow. Continue reading “Europe Now, America Next”
What does SLA mean? For those of you that haven’t been in the lumber world, it means Softwood Lumber Agreement. This is used to refer to the agreement that the United States and Canada had for 10 years starting in 2006. Essentially it is the agreement between the two nations that regulate the trade of softwood lumber.
This issue it complicated because there are so many different details. Since we have two countries supplying the same market it is important the playing field is level.
Something finally happened. The US government imposed a 20% duty on Canadian softwood lumber imports to the United States. Everyone seems to have an opinion.
For those that think this is something new, it’s not. This dispute has been going on for decades and will continue far into the future. Why, because both nations rely on each other, yet there are enough differences to cause market problems. Let’s keep in mind that we just completed a decade-long (2006 -2016) Softwood Lumber Agreement that included duties and quotas on lumber entering the US marketplace from Canada. Continue reading “North American Softwood Lumber: 20% Duty”
On March 28th & 29th in Portland Oregon, the second annual Mass Timber Conference took place. Hosting approximately 800 attendees, speakers, and exhibitors to discuss everything to do with mass timber. The well-attended conference was organized by the Forest Business Network.
Each day had a morning general session with keynote speakers that included renowned London-based architect Andrew Waugh. His firm, Waugh Thistleton, has completed many of the largest timber structures including the world’s largest Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) building, Dalston Lane. Continue reading “Mass Timber Conference 2017”
Things have been very busy over the last month or so. We haven’t posted in a while because of some other pressing obligations. That doesn’t mean we haven’t been working. We have been drafting posts for more National Forest Management discussion. We have also attended the Mass Timber Conference put on by the Forest Business Network (great job guys!) and are working on a write up soon to come out.
Another topic that is important that will be coming is the difference between being right and getting results. So many people want to be right, but is that effective in supporting your interests?
Thanks for your patience while we get our content out. We look forward to more engagement.
I have been meaning to use more video to tell our story. Here’s my first shot at doing that. This is the active management portion of the Era of Megafires presentation that Paul Hessburg with the Pacific Northwest Research Station put together with North40 Productions, both from Wenatchee, Washington. Vaagen Bros contributed much of the raw video.
I was interviewed along with Mike Petersen, Executive Director of The Lands Council. As you will see in the video, Mike and his organization were not supporters of active management during the time known as the “Timber Wars”. However, due to consistent collaboration with other community members in Northeast Washington, there is a new way of managing the Colville National Forest. Mike and I believe that we are getting closer to fixing many of the problems of the past to create a new future for our forests and rural communities that depend on them.
Reading more about what the experts from both sides of the border are saying about the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) I see common threads. If you read the Canadian take, you see that governments of Canada, Provinces, in particular, are doing whatever they can to support their mills. This is evidenced by Quebec Premier Phillipe Couillard stating that the provincial government is prepared to provide Canadian lumber companies with loan guarantees. I don’t fault them. Actually, I think it’s great. They should support them. One thing I don’t hear is the empathy for similar situations that have been going on in communities on the south side of the political line.
Mill towns in the US have gone out of business and auctioned off while Canadian Producers invested in the US South. This is an interesting Continue reading “Softwood goes deeper than just lumber”
Andrew Waugh of London-based Thistleton Waugh says that we are beginning the “Timber Age.” I think it’s great as do many others. New designs and buildings are popping up everywhere. This post from The Urban Developer.com shows an example of a skyscraper that would be 80 storeys tall, making it the second tallest building in London.
It’s encouraging to see such grandiose designs. I hope to see the completed building in person some day. Although these structures are impressive there are many other uses of “timber” or wood that may be less in size and complexity, no less important for the environment.
Mid and low-rise mixed use buildings, schools, and even single family homes can be constructed differently with these products.
It is my hope that this builds a stronger connection to our forests and the way we manage them. Matching societies need with societies conservation ethic will be critical in achieving the best use of products and landscape. It’s hard to tell where all of this is heading, but for many of us, it’s fascinating and exciting.