|Publication Year: 2019|
Highlight ID: 1321
|Life Cycle Assessment of Activated Carbon from Woody Biomass|
Expanding biofuels and bioproducts production using forest biomass as feedstock contributes to not only alternatives to US fossil fuels, but also facilitates forest restoration treatments by providing ...
Highlight ID: 1324
|Method for Estimating Wood Preservative Leaching|
Pressure-treated wood is widely used for construction projects in sensitive environments. This research project developed a method to estimate biocide leaching from pressure-treated wood exposed to pr ...
|Publication Year: 2018|
Highlight ID: 1314
|Economic Analysis of Making Solid Biofuels and Biochar from Forest Residues Using Portable Production Systems in the U.S.|
Higher logistic cost is one of the major bottlenecks to produce renewable power, fuel, or bioproducts from forest residues in large-scale production facilities. Smaller scale and portable production f ...
Highlight ID: 1315
|Techno-economic and Environmental Assessments of Storing Woodchips and Pellets for Bioenergy Applications|
Storage is the critical operation within the biomass supply chain to reduce feedstock supply risks and to manage smooth year-around operations of a biorefinery or a bioenergy plant. Moreover, storage ...
|Publication Year: 2017|
Highlight ID: 1298
|Effective utilization of naturally durable wood biomass offers an overlooked source of potential wood protectants|
Forest Service researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisc., are evaluating extractives as potential next-generation wood preservatives. This bio-rational approach offers environmen ...
Highlight ID: 1270
|Environmental building declaration prepared using life cycle assessment|
An environmental building declaration for the Design Building on the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts was prepared from a whole building life cycle assessment on this first wood-concr ...
Highlight ID: 1293
|Evaluating near-woods processing of post-harvest forest residues for energy production|
Forest Service researchers are evaluating the environmental viability of converting post-harvest forest residues into high-quality bioenergy products, such as briquette and torrefied briquette, as via ...
Highlight ID: 1294
|New bio-based technology uses waste wood to produce high-value activated carbon|
Forest Service scientists investigated making activated carbon products from renewable woody biomass material such as forest or mill residues for technology potential and environmental benefit with a ...
|Publication Year: 2016|
Highlight ID: 652
|Environmental Evaluation of Converting Post-harvest Forest Residues to Bioenergy Products|
Forest residues are a low-value byproduct of timber harvest operations that are typically burned or left to rot. Using forest residues as a bioenergy source replacing fossil fuels may decrease fossil- ...
Highlight ID: 650
|New Model for Understanding the Fiber Saturation Point of Wood|
The fiber saturation point is a key measure of how much water can be held within wood before free water forms in empty spaces within wood structure. Forest Service researchers developed a new model to ...
|Publication Year: 2015|
Highlight ID: 602
|Cellulose Nanocrystals Chemically Entrap Biocide in Wood|
Forest Service scientists evaluated naturally occurring cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) that are reported to have unique chemical properties and impart high strength were evaluated for the potential to i ...
|Publication Year: 2014|
Highlight ID: 578
|Cellulose Nano-enabled Products: Applications and Volume Estimates|
Cellulose nanomaterials are the next big (albeit, small) thing in wood. They can be combined in numerous ways to change the way many products work. This research identified potential end product marke ...
Highlight ID: 577
|Novel Technology Uses Waste Wood to Make Bioenergy while Sequestering Carbon|
Wood companies need high-value uses for wood residues. A new technology developed by Forest Service researchers and their partners converts wood residues into high-value products such as biochar while ...
|Publication Year: 2013|
Highlight ID: 441
|Redwood Decking is a Good Choice for the Environment|
Building products produce emissions throughout their lifespan, from harvest and manufacturing to use and final disposal. Using building products with low emissions, including greenhouse gases, will mi ...
Highlight ID: 432
|Study Analyzes Construction Trends to Determine Wood's Potential|
By analyzing construction trends from 2011, Forest Service researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory found that the opportunity exists for a nearly three-fold increase in the use of wood building ...
Highlight ID: 440
|Traditional Grading System Updated for Structural Lumber|
The Forest Products Laboratory has traditionally provided unbiased information on the properties, characteristics, design, and use of structural wood products to groups and agencies that develop or co ...
Highlight ID: 439
|Wood Construction Goes Beyond Its Traditional Roots|
As interest in sustainable building options continues to grow. Wood construction is going beyond its traditional roots in housing and expanding into mid-rise, high-rise, and non-residential applicatio ...
|Publication Year: 2012|
Highlight ID: 26
|Economic Model Predicts U.S. Forest Product Markets and Timber Demand Trends|
Model provides insights on how U.S. competition and trade in forest products could be affected by expanded global use of wood for energy in future decades ...
|Publication Year: 2011|
Highlight ID: 303
|Engineering and Economic Modeling of Biofuels Production|
FPL researchers developed a flexible and customizable computer model that allows users to do a preliminary evaluation of the feasibility of incorporating a biomass gasification plant into an existing ...
Highlight ID: 281
|Evaluating the environmental impact of building material recovery and reuse|
Within the green building and sustainable construction fields, there is a growing movement to recover and reuse building materials in lieu of demolition and landfill disposal. Reuse has several benefi ...
Highlight ID: 285
|Labeling Wood Products Based on Environmental Impacts - Helping consumers make sustainable choices|
Environmental product declaration (EPD) is a summary of the environmental impacts associated with producing and using a product or service. An EPD is based on a life cycle assessment (LCA) and can be ...
Highlight ID: 287
|Nonresidential Building Construction in the United States,|
The construction of low-rise nonresidential buildings is an important market for lumber, structural and nonstructural wood panels, and engineered wood products. Consumption in 2008 was substantially h ...
|Publication Year: 2010|
Highlight ID: 170
|Centennial Edition, Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material|
The Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material serves as a primary reference document for a wide variety of users-from the general public through architects and design engineers who use wood ...
Highlight ID: 156
|Improving Accelerated Testing of Durable Wood Products|
Durable wood products such as posts, poles and timbers are expected to resist decay and termite attack for several decades. Testing the durability of new types of wood products is challenging because ...
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|Below are the 50 most recent products author or co-authored by researchers of this unit that have been posted, sorted by publication year and title. To access the complete repository of FPL products, click here.|
|Publication Year||Title||Date Posted|
|2021||Drying and control of moisture content and dimensional changes||03/25/21|
|2021||Global forest products trade model||03/15/21|
|2021||Life-cycle assessment and techno-economic analysis of biochar produced from forest residues using portable systems||03/10/21|
|2021||Life-cycle assessment of treating slaughterhouse waste using anaerobic digestion systems||03/17/21|
|2021||Status and trends for the U.S. forest products sector: a technical document supporting the Forest Service 2020 RPA Assessment||01/21/21|
|2021||United States Housing Brief, August 2020||03/15/21|
|2021||United States Housing Brief, December 2020||03/19/21|
|2021||United States Housing Brief, November 2020||03/19/21|
|2021||United States Housing Brief, October 2020||03/19/21|
|2021||United States Housing Brief, September 2020||03/15/21|
|2021||Wood as a renewable and sustainable resource||03/23/21|
|2020||A life cycle assessment of hardwood lumber production in the northeast and north Central United States||07/21/20|
|2020||Assessing life-cycle environmental impacts of CLT mass-timber buildings in the U.S||02/21/20|
|2020||Assessing plant biomass properties for their handling and conversion performances using machine learning||04/09/20|
|2020||Comparative life-cycle assessment of a high-rise mass timber building with an equivalent reinforced concrete alternative using the Athena Impact Estimator for buildings||07/10/20|
|2020||Comparative life-cycle assessment of a mass timber building and concrete alternative||05/04/20|
|2020||Cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment of redwood lumber in the United States||11/06/20|
|2020||Cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment of wooden pallet production in the United States||01/25/21|
|2020||Distributions of MOE and MOR in eight mill-run lumber populations (four mills at two times)||08/14/20|
|2020||Dynamic life cycle carbon and energy analysis for cross-laminated timber in the Southeastern United States||03/12/21|
|2020||Efficacy of alternative copper-based preservatives in protecting decking from biodegradation||08/13/20|
|2020||Environmental evaluation of product utilization of wood from urban forests||05/19/20|
|2020||Environmental life-cycle assessment and economic life-cycle cost analysis of CLT-built Adohi Residence Hall at University of Arkansas–Fayetteville||08/04/20|
|2020||Estimated probability of breakage of lumber of a fixed “grade” can vary greatly from mill to mill and time to time||08/21/20|
|2020||Life cycle assessment for the production of PNW engineered I-joist||07/29/20|
|2020||Life cycle assessment for the production of PNW laminated veneer lumber||07/29/20|
|2020||Life cycle assessment for the production of SE engineered I-joist||07/29/20|
|2020||Life cycle assessment for the production of SE laminated veneer lumber||07/29/20|
|2020||Life-cycle inventory of harwood forest resources in the eastern United States.||03/10/21|
|2020||Mid-atlantic sustainable biomass for value-added products consortium (MASBio)||03/10/21|
|2020||Novel method of compounding cellulose nanocrystal suspensions into poly(lactic acid) and poly(vinyl acetate) blends||04/10/20|
|2020||Optimizing value-added small business opportunities for urban wood utilization||05/19/20|
|2020||Projecting global and regional outlooks for planted forests under the shared socio-economic pathways||06/01/20|
|2020||Regional and net economic impacts of high-rise mass timber construction in Oregon||08/14/20|
|2020||Role of leaf litter in above-ground wood decay||07/10/20|
|2020||Statistical process control and related methods for improvement of the treated-wood industries||06/03/20|
|2020||United States housing brief, July 2020||01/08/21|
|2020||Variation in mold susceptibility among hardwood species under laboratory conditions||01/25/21|
|2019||Carbon stored by furnishing wood-based products: an Italian case study||09/04/19|
|2019||Comparative life-cycle assessment of biochar activated carbon and synthesis gas electricity with commercially available alternatives||09/26/19|
|2019||Conceptualizing ecological responses to dam removal: If you remove it, what's to come?||10/21/19|
|2019||Distributions of modulus of elasticity and modulus of rupture in four mill run lumber populations||09/27/19|
|2019||Economic analysis of forest residues supply chain options to produce enhanced-quality feedstocks||03/07/19|
|2019||Environmental impacts of redwood lumber: a cradle-to-gate assessment||11/05/19|
|2019||Forest Products Laboratory contributions to the use of Weibull distribution in wood engineering||09/26/19|
|2019||From source to sink: Past changes and model projections of carbon sequestration in the global forest sector||08/12/19|
|2019||Housing and construction, 2018-2019||11/23/20|
|2019||Laboratory immersion method for accelerated prediction of preservative leaching from pressure-treated wood exposed to precipitation||05/03/19|
|2019||Life cycle assessment of forest-based products: a review||09/11/19|
|2019||Life-cycle cost analysis of a mass-timber building: methodology and hypothetical case study||11/05/19|
|2019||Life-cycle impact and exergy based resource use assessment of torrefied and non-torrefied briquette use for heat and electricity generation||08/23/19|
|2019||Procedures for estimation of Weibull parameters||03/07/19|
|2019||Production of ethanol from livestock, agricultural, and forest residuals: an economic feasibility study||09/11/19|
|2019||Projecting global and regional forest area under the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways using an updated Environmental Kuznets Curve model||05/28/19|
|2019||Projecting global planted forest area developments and the associated impacts on global forest product markets||05/28/19|
|2019||Role of tyloses in the natural durability of a white oak species||12/16/19|
|2019||Simulations of nonparametric analyses of predictor sort (matched specimens) data||09/05/19|
|2019||SPC handbook for the treated wood industries||09/26/19|
|2019||Techno-economic analysis of producing solid biofuels and biochar from forest residues using portable systems||02/14/19|
|2019||U.S. timber production, trade, consumption, and price statistics, 1965-2017||09/05/19|
|2019||Visual and MSR grades of lumber are not 2-parameter Weibulls and why this may matter||09/06/19|
|2019||Visual and MSR grades of lumber are not two-parameter Weibulls and why it matters (with a discussion of censored data fitting)||03/06/20|
|2018||A comparative life-cycle assessment of briquetting logging residues and lumber manufacturing coproducts in western United States||04/03/18|
|2018||A fit of a mixture of bivariate normals to lumber stiffness—strength data||09/21/18|
|2018||A protocol for implementing statistical process control in the treated wood industry||05/24/19|
|2018||Developing procedures and guidance for performing an environmental assessment of US wooden pallets||02/14/19|
|2018||Distributions of MOE and MOR in a full lumber population||09/27/18|
|2018||Internal moisture content and temperature of standardized aboveground wood durability test specimens||08/14/18|
|2018||Life cycle assessment and environmental building declaration for the design building at the University of Massachusetts||06/06/18|
|2018||Life cycle assessment of activated carbon from woody biomass||09/10/18|
|2018||Northeastern United States species treated with copper-based preservatives: Durability in mississippi stake tests||09/27/18|
|2018||Projected Market Competition for Wood Biomass between Traditional Products and Energy: A Simulated Interaction of US Regional, National, and Global Forest Product Markets||05/28/19|
|2018||Techno-economic and environmental assessments of storing woodchips and pellets for bioenergy applications||05/24/19|
|2018||The data behind wood flooring’s sustainability story||03/10/20|
|2018||Using life-cycle assessment to evaluate environmental impacts of briquette production from forest residues||02/14/19|
|2018||Using life-cycle assessment to evaluate environmental impacts of torrefied briquette production from forest residues||02/15/19|
|2018||Waste to Wisdom: Utilizing forest residues for the production of bioenergy and biobased products||09/26/18|
|2018||Waste to wisdom: utilizing forest residues for the production of bioenergy and biobased products||10/04/18|
|2018||Wood used in residential repair and remodeling in the United States, 2014||06/06/18|
|2018||Workflow for publishing forestry LCI data through the LCA commons: a case study||11/28/18|
|2017||A supply chain approach to biochar systems [Chapter 2]||06/08/17|
|2017||Comparison of performance criteria for evaluating stake test data||02/13/18|
|2017||Continued development and outreach for the Athena Impact Estimator for buildings||02/01/17|
|2017||Conversion economics of forest biomaterials: risk and financial analysis of CNC manufacturing||10/06/17|
|2017||CORRIM: forest products life-cycle analysis update overview||08/31/18|
|2017||Cradle-to-gate life cycle assessment of composite I-joists produced in the southeast region of the United States||08/10/17|
|2017||Cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment of composite I-joist production in the United States||07/12/18|
|2017||Cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment of composite I-joists produced in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States||03/30/17|
|2017||Cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment of laminated veneer lumber (LVL) produced in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States||03/21/17|
|2017||Cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment of laminated veneer lumber produced in the southeast region of the United States||03/21/17|
|2017||Cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment of laminated veneer lumber production in the United States||07/12/18|
|2017||Cradle-to-grave life cycle assessment of syngas electricity from woody biomass residues||09/12/17|
|2017||Development of environmental product declarations||02/01/17|
|2017||Economic analysis of a small-sized combined heat and power plant using forest biomass in the Republic of Korea||12/21/17|
|2017||Effect of processing conditions on retention variability in treated lumber||06/15/17|
|2017||Effect of sample moisture content on XRD-estimated cellulose crystallinity index and crystallite size||06/28/17|
|2017||Evaluation of nonpressure wood preservatives for military applications||12/07/17|
|2017||Impacts of the Allocation Assumption in Life-Cycle Assessments of Wood-Based Panels*||08/31/18|
|2017||Life cycle analysis of biochar [Chapter 3]||06/08/17|
|2017||Life cycle assessment of cellulosic ethanol and biomethane production from forest residues||10/06/17|
|Below are 20 research projects associated with this research unit.|
|Project Number||Title||Project Dates|
|FPL-4851-3B||Analyze and project the impact of potential changes in market structure, technology , and policy on U.S. timber markets and forest managemen||10-01-2012 - 09-30-2019|
|FPL-4851-1A||Apply statistical method to enhance the quality of FPL's wood utilization research and economics research||07-23-2007 - 07-23-2012|
|FPL-4851-4||Economic viability of new or improved forest products or processes||08-15-2002 - 08-15-2007|
|FPL-4851-CMB||Evaluate forest sector role in sustainable management of natural systems (complementary mission)||10-01-2012 - 09-30-2019|
|FPL-4851-7B||Evaluate the environmental impacts including carbon mitigation benefits of wood-based product production and use in combination with benefit||10-01-2012 - 09-30-2019|
|FPL-4851-MA||Evaluate the forest sector role in sustainable management of natural systems||07-23-2007 - 07-23-2012|
|FPL-4851-6B||Evaluation of the economic viability of new technologies for converting wood and fiber into new or improved paper and wood products||10-01-2012 - 09-30-2019|
|FPL-4851-2B||Improve statistical modeling of wood, fiber and composite properties, processing and performance||10-01-2012 - 09-30-2019|
|FPL-4851-4B||Improve understanding on the effect of production trends and technology changes in solidwood and end use industries on product and wood need||10-01-2012 - 09-30-2019|
|FPL-4851-2A||Improved statistical modeling of wood, fiber and composite properties, processing, and performance||07-23-2007 - 07-23-2012|
|FPL-4851-5A||Information is needed on timber, wood products, and paper products industries for forestry and forest industry strategic planning||07-23-2007 - 07-23-2012|
|FPL-4851-3||Information on timber, wood products, and paper products industries for strategic planning||08-15-2002 - 08-15-2007|
|FPL-4851-1B||Integrate statistical methods and tools into FPL’s wood utilization and economics research enhancing its quality and increasing its impact||10-01-2012 - 09-30-2019|
|FPL-4851-6A||Knowledge is needed on the economic viability of new technologies for converting wood and fiber into new or improved paper and paper products||07-23-2007 - 07-23-2012|
|FPL-4851-1||Market trends and technology change in the U.S. pulp and paper industry||08-15-2002 - 08-15-2007|
|FPL-4851-2||Market trends and technology change in the U.S. solidwood and wood end use industry||08-15-2002 - 08-15-2007|
|FPL-4851-5B||Provide market information for timber, wood products, and paper products industries for forestry and forest industry strategic planning||10-01-2012 - 09-30-2019|
|FPL-4851-M||The forest sector role in sustainable management of natural systems||08-15-2002 - 08-15-2007|
|FPL-4851-3A||There is a need to monitor and model market equilibria, production trends, and technology changes of the U.S. foreset product industry||07-23-2007 - 07-23-2012|
|FPL-4851-4A||Understanding is needed on the effect of production and technology changes in solidwood and end-use industries on product and wood needs||07-23-2007 - 07-23-2012|
|Promoting Commercial Success Through Economic Analysis|
Collaborative work between outside partners and FPL's Economics and Statistics Research group generally occurs through other research work units at the Forest Products Laboratory. For example, researchers in Engineered Composites Sciences and their commercial partner, Wyoming Sawmills, turned to FPL economists to help boost the success of a newly developed product.
FPL and Wyoming Sawmills worked together to develop value-added laminated lumber products that helped improve forest health by creating a valuable use for undesirable timbers and also proved to be successful building materials. Upon researching the market for such a product, Wyoming Sawmills realized the demand was potentially much larger than they could supply, and decided it would be advantageous to put together an economic model of the process. Such a model would assist other business in picking up on the technology as well, thereby expanding the market, increasing the success of the product, and ultimately promoting Wyoming Sawmills.
To assist with the commercialization of these products, FPL economists developed a tool for evaluating the financial feasibility of laminated lumber plants. This spreadsheet-based computer program, called LamLum, analyzes the economics of laminated lumber manufacturing facilities by helping organize information (such as wood supply, loan interest rates, financing, product prices, and materials and labor costs) and then determining how important each of these factors are in the profitability of the facility. The program is now available to anyone interested in a business venture of this nature and can provide critical information to help get them started.
|National Forest Timber Harvest 1965-2008|
|Economics, Statistics, and Life Cycle Analysis Research||Covering Industrial wood productivity in the United States, 1900-1998 and U.S. timber production, trade, consumption, and price statistics 1965 to 2011|
Below are the 10 most recent Lab Notes blog postings pertaining to this research unit.
|Labeling Wood Products for a Greener World|
Seven updated Environmental product declarations (EPDs) for wood products were recently released by the American Wood Council (AWC). Maintaining up-to-date industry-wide, cradle-to-gate EPDs is a joint venture among several organizations inclu...
|$10 Million Grant Awarded for Biomass Consortium|
The National Institute for Food and Agriculture recently announced the recipients of $90 million in funding through the agency's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative's Sustainable Agriculture Systems program. The Forest Products Laboratory (...
|110 Years of FPL: Remembering the Statisticians|
In celebration of 110 years of research at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), we are revisiting blog posts that detail some of our most interesting historic people, places, and projects. Enjoy! Statistics is commonly viewed as the collection, ...
|Redwood Trees—Building a Sustainable Future|
Sunrise in the the Redwoods - By Stephen, Adobe Stock # 322472485 Sequoia sempervirens is an extraordinary tree. It has been the focus of a recent conservation, sustainability, and life-cycle assessment (LCA) study by Forest Products Laborator...
|Research in Progress – Combating Climate Change through Sustainable Wood Products|
Copyright atelierjones. Used by permission. Like a raging forest fire, climate change has many fronts. And it won’t be fixed by a singular solution. Heroic systemic changes throughout all sectors are needed in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GH...
|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 Honored for Life Cycle Assessment Work|
The American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) recently honored extraordinary leaders in life cycle assessment (LCA) at the LCA XVII Awards Dinner in Porthsmouth, New Hampshire. Among the winners was the Federal LCA Commons, of which Forest Pr...
|Environmental Building Declarations:|
(The following is a news item from the Athena Institute)
|Measuring Sustainability: How Do Wood Pallets Stack Up?|
There are more than 1.8 billion pallets in service in the United States each day, and ninety-three percent of these pallets are made from wood. That staggering statistic begs the question of just how sustainable wooden pallets really are. Luckily, we...
|The Updated Billion-Ton Resource Assessment:|
A resource assessment published in 2005, commonly referred to as the Billion-Ton Study (BTS), estimated “potential” biomass within the contiguous United States based on numerous assumptions about current and future inventory, production capacity,...