Sustainability

Success stories and featured tips on how building professionals are creating useful structures with minimal long-term affects on the environment.

BioPreferred program opens to wood products

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding the recognition of wood products under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred Program going into effect.  The 2014 Farm Bill states that forest products, previously considered to be ineligible because they were “mature market,”...

American Wood Council statement on USDA’s bio-based final use rule

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued a statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Friday release of a final rule on the BioPreferred program. Among other changes, the new rule deletes the mature market language from the regulation. The 2014 Farm Bill includes language on the Biobased...

2014 SIPA Building Excellence Awards

Eight homes and commercial buildings built with structural insulated panels (SIPs) were recognized for their innovation and environmental sustainability during the 2014 Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Building Excellence Awards ceremony, April 29 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The annual competition selects the top SIP projects in eight categories, covering single family...

USDA to partner with WoodWorks to advance the use of wood in buildings

United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today announced  a $1 million program to be implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service in partnership with the Wood Products Council’s WoodWorks initiative, to provide training for architects, engineers and builders related to the use of advanced wood materials in...

Fort Lauderdale SIP Conference offers AIA credits

Architects, contractors, and other building industry professionals can learn the latest technology in high performance and net zero energy construction with a series of free training seminars on April 30 at the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Annual Meeting & Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Six AIA Continuing Education HSW hours...

Sukup Mfg.’s “50 Homes for Humanity” goal reached

As part of Sukup Manufacturing Co.’s 50th Anniversary, Sukup teamed up with Global Compassion Network to raise money to provide 50 Sukup Safe T Homes to areas in desperate need of housing. Together with GCN, the goal was to raise donations for 25 Safe T Homes. Sukup pledged to match donations...

McElroy Metal celebrates 50th anniversary, introduces new logo

BOSSIER CITY, La. – McElroy Metal has responded to the needs of customers with innovative metal roofing and wall products and reliable service to become a leader in the construction industry. McElroy Metal, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, remains a family-owned and operated company, dedicated to its loyal and growing...

Portland State to build green roof research site on Walmart store

— Portland, Ore. — The design of green roofs—and all of their stormwater filtering, energy efficiency enabling, heat island mitigating, and habitat providing features—is poised to improve following a two-year research partnership between Portland State University (PSU) and Walmart that will collect in-depth data on the largest green roof installation in...