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Chinese U.S. Hardwoods Buyers Sit Out Aug., Wait for Lower Prices

By Andy Johnson Posted: 09/04/2014 1:56PM

U.S. hardwood Aug. lumber exports were down from the record levels set in June, due in part to Asian buyers holding out for lower prices on red oak, in particular.


Short Wood Frame Buildings More Vulnerable to Earth Quakes

Posted: 09/04/2014 11:36AM

Tests of a wood-frame building using an outdoor shake table at the University of California, San Diego, explain the collapse behavior and seismic safety of low-rise, wood-frame buildings. Many have a weak garage-level "soft story."


Inside A Nanocellulose Pilot Plant--From Wood To Nanomaterials

Posted: 09/04/2014 8:44AM

The latest nanomaterials are coming from the forest. Chemical & Engineering News correspondent Mitch Jacoby tours the nanocellulose plant in Madison, WI at the USDA Forest Products Lab, where scientists are extracting these materials from wood pulp.


Resolute Forest Products Closes Mill, Citing Fiber and Fuel Costs

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 09/04/2014 7:59AM

Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) will close its Laurentid mill in Shawinigan, Quebec, citing restart of a competitor's mill, the high cost of fiber, and higher transportation and fuel costs.




Hardwood Fiber Costs Continue to Fall, Softwood Stable

By Hakan Ekstrom Posted: 09/04/2014 7:00AM

While hardwood fiber costs have fallen substantially over the past few years, softwood prices continue to remain stable.


Building Sustainable Communities with Sustainable Wood in SC

Posted: 09/03/2014 2:26PM

A single mom and her three kids are part of a grassroots movement to turn downtown Greenwood, South Carolina into a more sustainable community with help from Habitat for Humanity and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.


Hotels Embrace Biomass Heating Systems

Posted: 09/03/2014 9:02AM

Leading biomass boiler suppliers Treco have been working with a number of hotels across the country in a bid to fight the rising costs of fossil fuels.


Vega Biofuels' Wood Pellet Torrefaction Plant Uses Biomass

Posted: 09/03/2014 7:31AM

VEGA BIOFUELS, INC. announced that its Joint Venture (JV) partner, Agri-Tech Producers, LLC (ATP) has developed a new and patent-pending process that dramatically reduces the cost of some of the biomass feedstock for the Company's Allendale, SC pilot torrefaction plant.


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