Work Completed on World’s Tallest Wood Building (May signal role for Maine wood in CO2 sequestration economics)


New Riches for Maine May be in Wooden Skyscrapers

Perhaps Maine legislators who are really interested in reducing CO2 might convert the Rykerson Carbon Tax Study Group idea into a group studying the potential efficacy and economics of nurturing a cross laminated wood industry in Maine. The article below about Japanese architects planning a 1,148 skyscraper made largely from wood extolls the project's carbon virtues given its massive CO2 emissions advantage versus steel. I'd also think that depending on time scale, as wood in forests gets slowly locked up for perhaps centuries in wooden skyscrapers, over time there would be a gradual reduction in CO2 as the forests grow back. Maybe some of that CMP stipulation should go to exploring the wisdom and viability of helping out Millinocket with the once planned LignaTerra cross laminated timber project rather than charging stations for electric cars which basically don't exist.

World's tallest WOODEN skyscraper reaching 1,148ft in Tokyo

Three Reasons Why It’s a Good Idea to Build a Skyscraper Out of Wood

Trust us, it's practical.

Japanese architects want to turn modern-day cities into wooden forests, quite literally. Japanese firm Sumitomo Forestry unveiled its designs for what would be the tallest wooden building in the world — a 350-meter (1,148-foot) skyscraper, dubbed as the W350 Project.

The building, slated to be completed by 2041, would be made of 90 percent specially processed wood, and 10 percent steel. But it’s not your run-of-the-mill timber that’s going to be built so high into the sky — the building would likely be made of cross-laminated timber, a material made of many sheets of wood glued and compressed together. The final result is a plank that’s more robust than steel. If one of the little piggies built its house from this stuff, even to the heights of the W350 project, then no amount of the wolf’s huffing or puffing could take it down...........................The production of typical construction materials, like steel and concrete, accounts for 16 percent of global emissions, according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Sustainable ForestryBy switching to wood, we could reduce the emissions from the construction industry by up to 31 percent, according to a study from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies..........................

Compared to steel and concrete, wood is renewable because we can simply grow more timber. “What about deforestation?” you would ask. Those worries are unfounded — less than 1 percent of the world’s forests are harvested annually.

“Harvesting also reduces a forest’s likelihood of suffering a catastrophic wildfires, and improves its ability to withstand it,” wrote the authors in the 2013 study. “Maintaining a mix of forest habitats and tree densities in non-reserved forests would help preserve the varied biodiversity in ecosystems worldwide.”................................

Read more at (Don Galeon February 23rd 2018)


An old federal tax lien against Millinocket’s former paper mill site will keep a North Carolina firm from launching a $30 million factory there to produce a composite wood product that can replace steel in high-rise building construction.


LignaTerra Statement

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.

Read more here:


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."

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Comment by Willem Post on March 19, 2019 at 1:23pm

The US uses about 7.5 million ton of steel for erecting structures, including buildings, bridges, etc.

If 5 million ton could be used in buildings, and if it were as strong as steel, and if it would last as long as steel, and if the fabricated price were LESS than steel, laminated would structures lilely would be constructed throuout the world, instead of as a demonstration project in Japan.

Comment by Long Islander on March 19, 2019 at 12:32pm

I think every CO2 conscious household should buy what I'll call a "lock block". Very simply, a sizable block of wood sealed in polyurethane or whatever sealant would preserve the wood and keep the carbon inside. Maybe 2' by 2' by 2' each so that it could be carried. They could buy one every year and stack them into effectively, furniture items, like coffee tables. Or they could just store them in their basements. Over time the amassed lock blocks could become quite the carbon sequestration badge of honor. Each could be sold with a place and vintage stamped in such as Roxbury, ME 2018. Just like fine wines. People willing to pay more could get Al Gore signature models, with some actually signed. Other collectibles could be signed by Tom Steyer, George Soros and Angus King. A secondary market of collectibles would surely evolve. And the best part....when people are screaming about global cooling 100 years from now, we'd have plenty of fuel for heat and CO2 to set free for planetary warming.

Comment by Art Brigades on March 19, 2019 at 12:27pm

Habib Dagher was doing good things at UMO with laminates and composites until he got stars in his eyes trying to reinvent the float. 


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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