Wood Based Construction Seminar details

On Wednesday, September 20, the Forest Stewards Guild, with support from the Carolyn Foundation, partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Dovetail Partners, and the Wood Products Council to deliver a days' worth of information about wood building systems as a sustainable, cost-effective solution for tackling modern design needs. The day wrapped up with a tour of Promega’s Crossroads, showcasing an innovative mix of glulam and crosslaminated timber. Seminar presentations and details are now available.

The following morning, Forest Stewards Guild staff and partners led a legislative policy forum at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Details on the event follow.

Wood Based Construction Seminar - attendees included engineers, designers, regulatory staff, wood products researchers and suppliers, and many other industry professionals. Discussions ranged from innovative, wood based construction techniques and their advantages and trade offs. Advantages far outweigh the tradeoffs, with benefits spanning the product spectrum - from sustainable construction materials and sources, lower carbon footprints and other environmental benefits, decreased construction times, increased safety values, and lower long term maintenance needs in the face of challenges such as earthquakes. Tradeoffs lie mostly in the reality that these building techniques are in their infancy in the United States. Building and construction codes have yet to catch up for specific materials, though this seminar addressed those challenges as well and solutions are in the making. Attendees left informed about what can be done now and what is on the docket for future opportunities. 

Thank you to the Carolyn Foundation for funding to make this event possible and to attendees, partners and all who made this event a successful learning opportunity! We appreciate your patience as we worked to gather presentations from the event:

The morning sesssion set the stage for knowledge gain, idea sharing, and basic information with these presentations:

The afternoon theme was Branching Out: Projects, Lessons Learned, and Research, including these presentations:

Policy Forum - A legislative policy forum the following day provided policy makers with information about how these advancements in wood technologies are expanding the use of solid wood in design and commercial construction. Supportive policies that encourage the growth of cost-efficient, environmentally sound, safe and desireable building construction can help put Wisconsin at the leading edge of this exciting and innovative market and re-vilalize Wisconsin's forest products economy. Senator Janet Bewley and Representative Jeff Mursau hosted the event. Pictured here from the left: Brian Brashaw – USDA Forest Service, Jim Smith – American Wood Council, Dr. Jim Bowyer – Dovetail Partners, Sabina Dunghana – WI-DNR, Mike Warnke – Deputy State Forester, Wisconsin, Fred Clark - Forest Stewards Guild, Rep. Jeff Mursau – Crivitz, Archie Landreman – WoodWorks, Ethan Martin – WoodWorks.