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Commercializing Hardwood Cross-Laminated Timbers Through Innovative Design and Technology Transfer

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3185
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
Market and Adoption
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Organization
West Virginia University
Year of Publication
2022
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Market and Adoption
Keywords
Hardwood
Hardwood CLT
R&D
Circular Bioeconomy
Research Status
In Progress
Notes
Forest Service/USDA Wood Innovations Grants Recipient Point of Contact: Levente Dénes Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
Summary
Converting the low-quality hardwood lumber products into value-added construction materials could contribute significantly to the economic prosperity of the central Appalachian regional communities. This project will capitalize on the R&D strengths of West Virginia University in collaboration with PFS TECO, WoodWorks, and Allegheny Wood Products to (1) investigate the compliance of HCLT panels to current national building codes and standards and to remove important barriers of HCLT commercialization, (2) develop new innovative solutions of HCLT manufacturing processes for mechanical, electrical and plumbing services accommodation to improve the convenience of using HCLT products, (3) evaluate the HCLT’s impacts on the eastern U.S. construction market with economic and environmental assessments, and (4) develop a regional outreach program to build a communication platform among construction and wood product industries, developers, researchers, and government agencies. Findings and programs developed in this project will further facilitate the adoption and expansion of HCLT into the eastern U.S. construction market, promote the development of regional wood product industries, enhance local job opportunities for a stronger circular bioeconomy and allow for sustainable utilization of forest resources.
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Wood-Based Products in the Circular Bioeconomy: Status and Opportunities towards Environmental Sustainability

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3283
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
Environmental Impact
Author
Hassegawa, Mariana
Brusselen, Jo Van
Cramm, Mathias
Verkerk, Pieter Johannes
Organization
European Forest Institute
Publisher
MDPI
Year of Publication
2022
Format
Journal Article
Topic
Environmental Impact
Keywords
Wood-based Products
Circular Bioeconomy
Market Development
Climate Change Impacts
Environmental Sustainability
Research Status
Complete
Series
Land
Summary
The circular bioeconomy offers solutions to curb the effects of climate change by focusing on the use of renewable, biological resources to produce food, energy, materials, and services. The substitution of fossil products by wood-based products can help avoid or reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the life cycle of products. However, it is important to understand the potential impacts of large-scale material substitution at the market level. This study aimed to assess the role of selected wood-based products in the circular bioeconomy, the possible changes in their markets, and investigate which elements could ensure the environmental sustainability of these products. The demand for graphic paper has declined over the last 15 years, while the demand for packaging has increased. Cross-laminated timber and man-made cellulosic fibres have seen their global consumption increase over the last decade. While there are benefits associated with the substitution of non-renewable materials by wood-based products, there is still limited understanding of the substitution effects at market-, country- and global level. Some factors enabling the further uptake of wood-based products include initiatives that stimulate technological change, incentives to produce or consume less fossil-based and more bio-based alternatives, and the promotion and marketing of wood-based products as viable alternatives to non-renewable materials.
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Free
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