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Alberta facts on wood series fact sheets for Balsam fir, Balsam poplar, Black spruce, Jack pine, Lodgepole pine, Tamarack, Trembling aspen, White birch, and White spruce

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Author
Lindenbach-Gibson, R.
Fell, David
Marinescu, Marian
Rice, J.
Date
March 2006
Edition
37756
Material Type
Pamphlet
Field
Sustainable Construction
Author
Lindenbach-Gibson, R.
Fell, David
Marinescu, Marian
Rice, J.
Contributor
Alberta Forestry Research Institute
Date
March 2006
Edition
37756
Material Type
Pamphlet
Physical Description
36 p.
Sector
Wood Products
Field
Sustainable Construction
Research Area
Market Analysis
Subject
Alberta
Fir
Larix
Picea
Pinus
Populus
Value added
Series Number
Facts on wood series
W-2189B
Location
Vancouver, British Columbia
Language
English
Abstract
Each fact sheet describes visual, physical and working properties for the species for the wood-consuming value added sector.
Alberta woods
Value added - Alberta
Abies balsamea
Populus balsamifera
Picea mariana
Pinus banksiana
Pinus contorta Dougl. var. latifolia
Larix laricina
Populus tremuloides
Betula papyrifera
Picea glauca
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Analyse de la compétitivité et du positionnement des produits isolants faits à partir de fibres de bois en Amérique du Nord

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Author
Lavoie, P.
Date
January 2010
Edition
39314
Material Type
Research report
Field
Sustainable Construction
Author
Lavoie, P.
Date
January 2010
Edition
39314
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
50 p.
Sector
Wood Products
Field
Sustainable Construction
Research Area
Market Analysis
Subject
United States (USA)
Building materials
Canada
Markets
Series Number
Programme des technologies transformatrices ; Projet no 201000339
201000339
Location
Québec, Québec
Language
French
Abstract
La tendance vers la construction verte est en croissance fulgurante depuis les dix dernières années. On estime que le marché de la construction verte représente environ 5 % du marché actuel de la construction. La majorité des bâtiments conçus ou construits dans une perspective environnementale se situent dans les secteurs non-résidentiel ou multifamilial. C’est dans ce contexte que nous nous sommes intéressés à la possibilité de développer et vendre des isolants faits à partir de bois; un matériau généralement reconnu pour ses vertus écologiques. La principale application ciblée dans le rapport est les cavités murales. Ce rapport se présente en cinq (5) principales sections :
Marché : Le marché mondial pour les produits isolants est énorme. Il est estimé à plus de 190 milliards de pi² base R-1. Près de 70 % de ce total est destiné au marché de la construction qui comprend la construction résidentielle (45 %) et non-résidentielle (23 %). La majorité des isolants consommés à l’échelle mondiale sont utilisés en Amérique du Nord et en Europe de l’Ouest. De manière générale, le marché est dominé par les mousses plastiques et la fibre de verre. Le marché pour les isolants autres (alternatifs) oscille entre 2 et 6 % en fonction des marchés dont il est question. Cette proportion est généralement plus élevée dans la réparation et la rénovation que dans la nouvelle construction. Il existe des variations régionales qui sont documentées dans le présent rapport.
Structure industrielle : Les isolants sont des produits dont la valeur unitaire est relativement faible. Il est par conséquent difficile de livrer ces produits sur de grandes distances. La majorité de la production mondiale se fait dans les deux grands marchés mondiaux soit l’Amérique du Nord et l’Europe de l’Ouest. Le tiers du marché (33 %) est dominé par cinq grandes entreprises qui opèrent plusieurs divisions. Elles sont : St-Gobain, Rockwool, Owens Corning, Johns Manville et Knauf. Il faut dire que les produits dominant actuellement le marché nécessitent d’importants investissements en capitaux. Ceci explique, en partie, cette concentration du marché au chapitre de la production.
Politiques et réglementations : Cette section documente les grandes tendances qui risquent d’affecter la demande pour les produits isolants. L’augmentation des coûts de production des mousses pourrait offrir des opportunités pour d’autres produits. Les exigences relatives aux émissions de gaz à effet de serre pourraient jouer en faveur des isolants faits à partir de bois. Les politiques de réutilisation des matières résiduelles présentent des opportunités quant à l’utilisation de ces résidus pour fabriquer des isolants. La hausse des exigences de performance énergétique exigera l’amélioration des produits communément utilisés ainsi que des innovations à partir des matériaux moins fréquemment employés.
Performance environnementale : Cette section montre que les produits isolants à base de bois peuvent contribuer à l’obtention de 8 à 9 % des points pour les systèmes de certification LEED et Green Globes. Il faut toutefois être conscient que l’isolant représente une petite proportion des matériaux entrants dans la construction d’un immeuble (<1 % en valeur). Ceci démontre l’intérêt, du point de vue de la construction verte, à développer des produits qui ont d’autres fonctions que simplement celle d’isoler.
Comportements et exigences d’achat : Des entrevues exploratoires auprès d’architectes et autres utilisateurs d’isolant ont démontré un intérêt pour des produits plus verts. Les principaux facteurs intervenant dans la sélection du matériau isolant sont sa résistance thermique, son coût et la familiarité avec le produit. Les produits isolants conventionnels ne reçoivent que très peu d’intérêt de la part des architectes. L’isolant n’est pas perçu comme étant très innovateur (c’est plus ou moins une commodité) et a peu d’incidence sur le concept (esthétique ou fonctions) du bâtiment. Une des tendances qui semble poindre actuellement à l’horizon est celle des isolants qu’il est possible d’agrafer par l’extérieur du bâtiment. Les autres sections du document présentent le contexte dans lequel le projet s’est exécuté (contexte, objectifs, équipe de projet, etc.) et font état des conclusions à retenir (discussion et conclusions). Les propriétés et caractéristiques générales des différents matériaux isolants sont présentées en annexe. Cette section complémentaire recense des exemples de produits pour chacun des principaux types de matériaux utilisés sur le marché incluant la fibre et la laine de bois. Les informations colligées dans le cadre de ce projet permettent d’établir ces constats généraux :
À court et moyen terme, les principaux marchés pour l’isolant fait à partir de bois sont le marché non-résidentiel et multifamilial.
Le positionnement du produit isolant bois devrait être du côté des produits verts ou respectueux de l’environnement. Il ne s’agit pas d’un matériau dont la performance surpasse les matériaux communément utilisés.
Pour profiter pleinement de ce positionnement stratégique, le(s) produit(s) développé(s) devrai(en)t : o Incorporer d’autres fonctions (pare-air, pare-vapeur, pare-feu, revêtement structural extérieur, parement extérieur, structure, etc.). o Utiliser des matériaux issus de la démolition d’immeubles existants, fibres agricoles et autres intrants avec une faible empreinte écologique. o Être analysés objectivement par l’entremise d’une analyse de cycle de vie. La conclusion du rapport soulève certaines avenues de recherche pour les années à venir. Parmi celles-ci, on note les pistes suivantes :
Meilleure connaissance des types de construction les plus susceptibles d’utiliser des isolants verts faits à partir de bois.
Critères (incluant le prix et spécification de produit) recherchés par les différents utilisateurs.
Identification des marchés industriels (pas liés à la construction) susceptibles d’être réceptifs à des produits à base de bois.
Potentiel d’utilisation des matériaux de différentes sources (récupération, agricole, etc.) dans la fabrication de produits isolants.
Développement des propriétés (ex. : résistance à la compression) et des procédés.
Insulation
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An analysis of the North American home siding market

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Author
Tabarsi, E.
Date
May 2004
Edition
37714
Material Type
Research report
Field
Sustainable Construction
Author
Tabarsi, E.
Contributor
Canada. Canadian Forest Service.
Date
May 2004
Edition
37714
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
76 p.
Sector
Wood Products
Field
Sustainable Construction
Research Area
Market Analysis
Subject
United States (USA)
Siding
Canada
Markets
Series Number
Canadian Forest Service No. 34;3918
W-2089
Location
Vancouver, British Columbia
Language
English
Abstract
In this study builders and professional repair and remodellers were given a chance to evaluate 12 of the most common home siding products available in the market today. The products were evaluated on seven different attributes: price, maintenance, installation, attractiveness, status/image, fire resistance, and durability. Overall, fire resistance, attractiveness, and maintenance were selected as the most important product attributes by single-family homebuilders and repair & remodellers. The majority of respondents stated that their customers had a strong influence on their final choice of siding materials. In addition respondents were asked for their opinion regarding product popularity, rate of installation, substitution trends, and their choice of siding products for different categories of homes.
Siding
Markets - North America
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An assessment of market opportunities for western Canadian aspen in the United States, Japan and Europe

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Author
Gaston, Chris
Date
July 2002
Edition
41271
Material Type
Research report
Field
Sustainable Construction
Author
Gaston, Chris
Date
July 2002
Edition
41271
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
68 p.
Sector
Wood Products
Field
Sustainable Construction
Research Area
Market Analysis
Subject
United States (USA)
Populus tremuloides
Populus
Markets
Canada
Japan
Aspen
Series Number
W-1896
Location
Vancouver, British Columbia
Language
English
Abstract
This study is a preliminary investigation of market demand for Western Canadian aspen in three major market places, the United States, Japan and Western Europe. As a preliminary investigation, there was no attempt to statistically characterize specifier populations. Rather, through consultations with industry, combined with the author's personal experiences, potential specifiers were identified and selectively interviewed. This process included aspen lumber/boards at various grades, edge-glued panels, veneer, plywood, and laminated veneer lumber. Both structural and non-structural applications were considered.
Populus tremuloides
Markets - United States
Markets - Japan
Markets - Europe
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An assessment of strategic issues impacting on the Canadian wood products industry

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Author
Meil, J.K.
Date
March 1990
Edition
38394
Material Type
Research report
Field
Sustainable Construction
Author
Meil, J.K.
Date
March 1990
Edition
38394
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
1 v.
Sector
Wood Products
Field
Sustainable Construction
Research Area
Market Analysis
Subject
Wood
Canada
Series Number
Forestry Canada project no.51
3715A343
E-1190
Location
Ottawa, Ontario
Language
English
Abstract
Wood Products Industry - Economic Aspects
Wood Products Industry - Canada - Strategic Issues
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An assessment of the concrete pole and steel light riser market for penetration by a laminated veneer pole technology

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Author
Meil, J.K.
Date
August 1988
Edition
38576
Material Type
Research report
Field
Sustainable Construction
Author
Meil, J.K.
Date
August 1988
Edition
38576
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
9 p.
Sector
Wood Products
Field
Sustainable Construction
Research Area
Market Analysis
Subject
Veneer
Steel
Sample
Laminate product
Alloy
Location
Ottawa, Ontario
Language
English
Abstract
Assessment
Concrete Pole
Steel Light Riser
Laminated Veneer Pole Technology
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Assessing preferences for wood characteristics in visual applications

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Author
Fell, David
Date
April 2004
Edition
37705
Material Type
Research report
Field
Sustainable Construction
Author
Fell, David
Contributor
Natural Resources Canada. Canadian Forest Service.
Date
April 2004
Edition
37705
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
46 p.
Sector
Wood Products
Field
Sustainable Construction
Research Area
Market Analysis
Subject
Materials
Furniture
Series Number
Value to Wood No. FCC 9
W-2069
Location
Vancouver, British Columbia
Language
English
Abstract
As this is a relatively new field much of the emphasis of this study was on a literature review to help develop a theoretical platform to work from. It was found that the colour of wood appears in the literature in two ways. It appears qualitatively in marketing and value-added research, and it appears quantitatively in colour matching and quality control research. The present research study is the first known occurrence of the quantitative comparison of measured colour with measured consumer preference. There has been considerable research into character marks in wood. This research has largely been based around traditional hardwoods as the result of increasing scarcity of high grades of lumber. However, more fundamental characteristics such a grain profile, rings per inch, and the presence of visual features such as rays and vessels have not been considered with respect to visual preferences. Consumer preference data used for this study originated from the study “Consumer visual evaluation of underutilized Canadian wood species” (Fell, 2002). This was chosen as it has a great variety of species to analyze. However, in the survey consumers evaluated the species for overall appearance and not for specific end-uses. Therefore results of the current study are general to wood used in the home and do not apply to specific end-uses.
Furniture - Materials used
Flooring - Materials used
Canadian woods
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Assessing the market opportunity for treated glued wood products

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Author
Fell, David
Toosi, B.
Date
March 2010
Edition
39279
Material Type
Research report
Field
Sustainable Construction
Author
Fell, David
Toosi, B.
Date
March 2010
Edition
39279
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
62 p.
Sector
Wood Products
Field
Sustainable Construction
Research Area
Market Analysis
Subject
Markets
Laminate product
Beams
Series Number
Value to Wood : FPI 125W
W-2773
Location
Vancouver, British Columbia
Language
English
Abstract
In this study market opportunities for treated glue-laminated (glulam) products were investigated in the industrial wood sector. The main benefits of treated glulam are through-product treatment and the ability to manufacture treated products in shapes and sizes that do not fit into common treating chambers. These attributes provide for very durable and large glulam structures that are appropriate for outdoor use. For these reasons bridges, power poles, and sound abatement barriers were investigated. These are markets where wood has lost market share to or is being challenged by concrete and steel substitutes. The vehicular bridge market was once heavy to the use of wood. Today wood accounts for only 7% of the number bridges in the US and less than 0.9% of the actual surface area of bridges in place. In interviewing municipalities in Canada it is clear that wood is not the preferred material with many wood bridges being replaced by concrete. Further, none of the municipalities contacted were planning wood bridges. However, wood bridges are still being installed. In the US 0.9% of the bridges installed by area in 2007 were wood. This is good news as wood is holding its market share. Steering clear of high volume or large bridges, local bridges are well suited for wood as they are plentiful, small in scale, and many are in disrepair. If 20% of local bridges were built with wood in Canada this would have equalled approximately $51 million in wood bridge construction in 2007. Municipalities are much more open to the use of wood for pedestrian bridges and overpasses. Their quick construction and aesthetics are positive attributes in this application. One municipality contacted is planning multiple wood pedestrian bridges in the next five years. However, for the purpose of this market review there is little published information on pedestrian bridges. Noise abatement barriers are a good high-volume technical fit for treated glulam. Increases in traffic and current road infrastructure improvements will lead to more demand for sound abatement in the future. This market is dominated by concrete, but at a very high price. If treated glulam can give adequate durability and sound performance properties it would be approximately 20% cheaper than concrete. The market for sound barriers in Canada could utilize up to 10 mmbf of wood per year to construct 80 km of barrier. This product can also be marketed as a high-performance acoustic fence for residential markets. Treated glulam was also considered for utility poles. It is transmission grade poles where glulam would best fit the market as the demand is for longer poles which are more difficult to get in solid wood. This type of pole is where wood is currently being displaced by tubular steel. If glulam poles were used in 25% of the replacement transmission poles per year this could equal 8 mmbf. Light poles or standards are another market to consider. While this is a relatively low volume market glulam light standards are a premium product in European markets.
Laminated products - Markets
Beams - Laminated - Markets
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Assessment of large builders market strategies

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Author
Robichaud, F.
Lefaix-Durand, A.
Date
May 2004
Edition
42255
Material Type
Research report
Field
Sustainable Construction
Author
Robichaud, F.
Lefaix-Durand, A.
Date
May 2004
Edition
42255
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
10 p.
Sector
Wood Products
Field
Sustainable Construction
Research Area
Market Analysis
Subject
Markets
Building construction
Series Number
Value to Wood No. FCC 1
Location
Sainte-Foy, Québec
Language
English
Abstract
The consolidation of the homebuilding industry is meant to continue and to have profound impacts on the forest products industry. It is changing the way houses are built as well as the relationships between building materials suppliers and home builders. Along the consolidation way, builders are also gaining more purchasing power as evidenced by the lumber consumption of the Top 100 builders, estimated to near 7 billion Board Feet. More than ever before, large homebuilders are considering direct and longer term agreement with suppliers of lumber and OSB. It is expected that, due to the emergence of longer term and more direct purchasing agreement, collaborative practices become more developed. As far as building techniques go, we assume that the componentization of the housing industry will keep its advance, especially in the large builder segment. Componentization not only brings more off-site fabrication, but it also relies on a higher engineering content in the housing construction process. Currently, purchasing agreements are short term based either for lumber, structural panels, engineered wood products, roof trusses and prefabricated walls. However, when questioned about the future of their purchasing agreements, respondents clearly showed a propensity to develop long term agreement. Indeed, every participant to this study pointed out to longer term agreements with suppliers and, in some cases, raised the possibility of more exclusive arrangements. This observation was further confirmed in site visits. While centralization of the purchasing process is not the preferred choice of every large builder, we hypothesize that the specifiers will increasingly be centralized in the future in the wake of national purchasing agreements. Meanwhile, it is clear that regional offices will continue to have their word to say. Materials selection is not a one way process from top to bottom, but the head office is likely to be involved even when the process is regional. As of now, most of the interactions between large builders and their suppliers may be summarized as information exchange. This indicates a fairly low level of inter-firm co-operation. However, the majority of participants expect either a shorter supply chain, more direct relationships or more partnering over the next five years. In turn, information and communication technologies, either for fund transfer of business planning, will spread out.
Building construction
Markets - North America
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Attributes demanded in single-family floor systems

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Author
Fell, David
Gaston, Chris
Hansen, E.
Hovgaard, A.
Date
March 2001
Edition
37562
Material Type
Research report
Field
Sustainable Construction
Author
Fell, David
Gaston, Chris
Hansen, E.
Hovgaard, A.
Date
March 2001
Edition
37562
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
41 p.
Sector
Wood Products
Field
Sustainable Construction
Research Area
Market Analysis
Subject
Design
Series Number
W-1735
Location
Vancouver, British Columbia
Language
English
Abstract
The objective of this project was to provide a baseline evaluation of the market fit of new and existing structural floor systems in residential construction. The project focuses on the attributes that are demanded by specifiers of floor systems and the tradeoffs made among attributes when designing and building these systems. This information will aid product manufacturers and the research community in better meeting market demands. The project identified specific attributes that are being demanded of floor systems (including ease of design, ease of construction, costs, safety factors, serviceability, performance, durability, indoor air quality, and walking comfort), and evaluated the trade-off made among these attributes in design/construction. The latter was accomplished through a mail survey of single-family homebuilders throughout North America. Finally, the homebuilders that filled out the survey were asked to offer a detailed description of the installed floors in the last house the built in 1999. The results showed that the respondent homebuilders the three most important floor attributes are, in order, dimensional stability, low installed cost, and ease of on-site construction. 57% of the respondents installed solid wood floors in 1999, followed by 23 % wood I-joists, 9% parallel chord trusses and the balance concrete. When rating floor type against attributes, wood I-joists performed the highest against the top three just mentioned, as well as scoring top marks in design flexibility, technical support, walking comfort and low environmental impact. Out of 15 attributes investigated, wood generally scored higher ratings than concrete except for vibration, sound transmission and fire resistance. It is important to note that solid wood floors scored the lowest of all building materials when it came to the number one attribute, dimensional stability. Results of this study lead to recommendations for extension and/or further research in the following areas; 1. Dimensional stability of solid wood joists. 2. Vibrations in wood floors. 3. Technical support for using solid wood. . 4. Technical transfer on the environmental performance of wood. 5. Further analysis of floors database for specific inquiries. 6. Creation of products/practices/performance databases for walls and roofs.
Floors - Design
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