December 18, 2018
Greetings from Our Katahdin,
We have been working hard to get the Millinocket mill site open and ready for business. Last week, we suffered a setback that we want to share with you. With the IRS lien continuing to block our $6.7 million in infrastructure funds, we have been unable to provide infrastructure needs within required timelines, so LignaTerra has made the business decision to no longer locate their initial manufacturing operations on the Millinocket mill site.
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Cross Laminated Timber
Cross-Laminated Timber is the Most Advanced Building Material
Why the sudden interest in wood? Compared with steel or concrete, CLT, also known as mass timber, is cheaper, easier to assemble, and more fire resistant, thanks to the way wood chars. It’s also more sustainable. Wood is renewable like any crop, and it’s a carbon sink, sequestering the carbon dioxide it absorbed during growth even after it’s been turned into lumber. Waugh Thistleton estimates that the wood in Stadthaus stores 186 tons of carbon while the steel and concrete for a similar, conventionally built tower would have generated 137 tons of carbon dioxide during production. Wood nets a savings of 323 tons.
WIRED: Get Ready for Skyscrapers Made of Wood. (Yes, Wood)
The age of timber has officially begun, and it’s set to transform the way our cities look and feel. “I’ve always believed that every great movement in architecture has been born on the back of a structural innovation,” says Michael Green, a Vancouver architect who recently finished T3, a seven-story building in Minneapolis that is currently the tallest wooden structure in the US.
How CLT could change the US building landscape
Although CLT promises much in the way of cost and time savings and a smaller environmental footprint, developers must do their own due diligence to determine if the material is right for their projects.
"The way forward is to commit to a timber research effort, design your buildings schematically and them price them out," Spiritos said. "Mass timber is the optimal and perhaps only building system that can reduce the cost and simultaneously improve the quality of your project."