Hot New Video! Full-Scale CLT Fire Testing Yields Impressive Results

Trust us, you’re going to want to see this.

Forest Products Laboratory researchers conducted fire testing on a two-story cross-laminated timber (CLT) structure. Watch the short video below to see these one-bedroom apartments go up in flames, and to find out how CLT performed in the heat of the moment.

You can read more specifics about the tests in this previous LabNotes blog post, or if you’re really into the details and data, check out the full FPL general technical report.

Wood Packaging Supports Healthy Forests and Strong Communities

The National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA) has released “Wood Packaging Supports Healthy Forests and Strong Communities,” a video that puts a spotlight on the vital role wood packaging plays in our communities.

Researchers from the Forest Products Laboratory have partnered with the NWPCA for several years, and are currently working with them to develop life cycle assessments for wood pallets.

Wooden pallets used for shipping purposes in the United States (NWPCA 2016).

NWPCA collaborated with leading forest conservation organizations to produce this video. Participating in this project were Tom Martin, President and CEO, The American Forest Foundation; Larry Selzer, President and CEO, The Conservation Fund; Jay Farrell, Executive Director, The National Association of State Foresters; Carlton Owen, President and CEO, U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities; and Vicki Christiansen, Interim Chief, U.S. Forest Service.

“We’re proud of the work of our members in supporting the missions of these conservation organizations, providing economic and employment opportunities in rural communities, and improving the health of our nation’s forests,” said Brent McClendon, CAE, National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA) President and CEO.

“The wood packaging industry is a critical player in advancing the health of our forests because they use the small diameter wood for making pallets that cannot be used in higher end products,” stated, Carlton Owen, President & CEO, U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities. “Without markets for that low value material, we can’t move our forests to a healthier, more resilient condition.”

The 3-minute video is a project of Nature’s Packaging®, a North American initiative to promote the use of wood-based packaging to users seeking sustainable, responsible and economical packaging solutions.

How Forests Make Lives Better: A Whiteboard Video

The North American Forest Partnership (NAFP) recently released a creative whiteboard video outlining all the ways forests make our lives better. NAFP is a diverse group of companies and organizations from throughout the United States and Canada – including the U. S. Forest service – who are committed to the management of sustainable, healthy forests.

Here at the Forest Products Laboratory, we work every day toward a powerful statement made in the video: “From root to branch, from leaf to bark…always innovating.”

Take a minute (or three) to watch and be reminded of the many ways forests improve your life. “Our trees are amazing. By looking after them, we look after ourselves.”





Wood: A Better Way to Build

The American Forest Foundation, in partnership with the Forest Products Laboratory, recently released a video that gets to the heart of the many reasons “wood is good.”

From its sustainability and renewability as a natural resource; to the strength, warmth, and sense of connection it provides in structures; to its contribution to the livelihood of 11 million private landowners in rural communities; wood provides abundantly for humanity.

There’s much more to say, but the video really speaks for itself. Watch, and then go hug a tree. (It’s okay, we do it all the time. They deserve it.)


Video Series: Wood Floor Systems in Residential Construction

In cooperation with the Forest Products Laboratory, the National Association of Home Builders Research Center has developed a series of instructional videos to improve the quality of residential wood flooring systems.

Following recommended construction practices can minimize or prevent common performance issues in wood flooring systems.

Following recommended construction practices can minimize or prevent common performance issues in wood flooring systems. (Photo credit: Lura Lauer)

The videos focus on common performance issues and recommend construction practices that will minimize problems or prevent them from occurring. Noise, deflection, and uneven installations are common issues that occur when installing wood flooring systems.

There are five videos in the series:

Wood Floor System Overview – Wood floor systems include wood framing, subfloor panels, and various floor covering types – such as carpeting, hardwood, resilient, and tile.

Minimizing Subfloor Construction Issues – Good subfloor construction depends on material selection and attention to critical details. During this video, key installation practices are identified to minimize common problems in subfloor construction.

Floor Covering Installation Tips – There are many floor coverings to choose from and virtually all can be installed on wood subfloors. Following manufacturer instructions is important when installing any floor covering product. In this video, key installation tips help meet industry standards and minimize common errors.

Preventing Floor Noises: Subfloor Fasteners – A common source of floor noise is poorly installed fasteners. “Shiners” are nails or screws that miss the floor joist when installing the subfloor panel to the joist. These may result in a loose panel and noise. Adhesive alone will not be enough to secure the subfloor to the joist, even when applied correctly. Mechanical fasteners provide the holding strength.

Preventing Floor Noises: Ductwork – Another common source of floor noise is poorly installed ductwork in the floor joist. The noise occurs because there is no clearance between the ductwork and the routed opening in the floor joist. Contact between the two surfaces can create noise.