Channel Lumber attended the World of Concrete 2020 convention in Las Vegas February 3-7.
Concrete is one of the most used building materials globally. Ton for ton its usage is more than twice that of steel, wood, plastics, and aluminum combined. So concrete is big business.
The concrete industry is evolving quickly as new compounds are being created and tested. Among the reasons for this is that concrete production off puts a ton of CO2 for every ton of ton of cement created. Globally, this is a massive contributor to greenhouse gasses and climate change.
Among the innovations in concrete have been the development of graphene concrete. Although still in the testing phase, graphene base concrete is stronger, more flexible than traditional concrete, and can trap CO2. New forms of concrete are also being tested that are electrically conductive, and can in fact act as a battery to deliver energy to office devices, for example.
Channel Lumber continues to be committed to be on the cutting edge of Green Building, sustainability, and the latest of building trends and materials.
Channel Lumber has a full service Mill which features industry leading products, expert craftsmen, and unmatched turnaround times. There are several divisions of the Mill including planers, molders, resaw, drilling, corbels, ripping, band saws and more. If you can imagine it, we can build it.
The Bay Area has many distinct and iconic architectural styles. For remodels and building maintenance it is crucial that the style be preserved. Channel Lumber specializes in historical patterns and difficult projects. Our Mill can replicate any wood product from any era with expert precision. This goes from large projects such as ripping timber, to the smallest detail in a corbel or molding.
If you have project in mind of any scale, please contact us to learn more about our first in class service.
LEED is a platform by which construction projects can gauge and improve their environmental impact. There are four categories of LEED certification. Each project that applies can choose the category that best suits their needs. Channel Lumber is committed to promoting green building, and environmentally conscious development. LEED is the industry standard by which this is achieved.
There are currently more than 90,000 projects using LEED in over 165 countries. LEED certification works for any project anywhere in the world. The goals of LEED are to save energy, water, resources, and to generate less waste. And to support human health!
The ultimate goal of LEED is net zero construction and buildings. What this means in practical terms are: Zero carbon emissions, source energy balance, potable water balance, and waste management.
The San Francisco Bay Trail is under construction, with gaps in the trail being closed in various locations around San Francisco Bay. Once completed the trail will encircle the entire Bay! Channel Lumber has provided services and products throughout the development and construction of the trail, including concrete forms and lumber for the pedestrian bridge in Pinole.
The planned trail will eventually be a 500-mile cycling and walking path that will run through 47 cities, and 9 counties. It will also be a viable commute corridor, connecting cities, schools, parks, and open spaces. The trail navigates a wide variety of terrain, and takes different forms from fully paved bikeways, bridges and causeways, the Embarcadero in San Francisco, and natural surface trails with varying widths. Currently 227 miles of the trail are paved, and 127 miles are natural.
The trail is widely supported and enjoyed throughout the Bay Area. The Bay Area Trail Plan, authored by then Senator Bill Lockyer, was passed into law in 1987.
For more information about Channel Lumber projects, services and products, please contact us.
As many of you know, the Amazon forest is experiencing devastating, massive fires. Thus far over 80,000 fires have been detected. The smoke can be seen from space.
So why do you need to care? Although the Amazon Rainforest produces about 6% of Earth’s oxygen, the threat posed by the fires has much more to do with the destruction of ecosystems and animal species, as well as refuge for indiginous people whose lives are inextricably interwoven with the forest. The Amazon Rainforest is one of the most carbon rich and bio-diverse landscapes on the planet, and this in and of itself is reason to oppose deforestation.
Channel Lumber is committed to Green Building and works closely with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The FSC is a global nonprofit created to promote responsible forest management world wide.
In response to the fires in the Amazon, we have compiled a list of resources where you can offer direct help.
You can donate directly to the following organizations:
Channel Lumber is a key supporter of the green building movement, with numerous LEED gold and platinum certified projects. More and more buildings and homes are being built in green and sustainable ways. In addition to LEED certification, many developments and properties are striving for “Net Zero”.
Net Zero buildings and homes are typically properties which are on the grid, but produce all the energy they need on site. These buildings require no grid power, pay no power bills and are carbon free.
One great example of a Net Zero home, as featured in Dwell Magazine, is the Tumble Creek Cabin in Washington State. This property is the first LEED Platinum certified home in the state.
Although the home has many features that make it Net Zero, here is a list of key features:
Passive solar system with ultra-premium insulation and an energy recovery system. The insulation minimizes the need for heating and cooling and the recovery system reclaims energy for use in other systems
Radiant floor heating throughout
A large floor to ceiling board-formed concrete fireplace acts as a thermal heat sink, stabilizing the temperature in the home
Reclaimed, rustic materials
An airtight “mudroom” allows guests to enter and exit while keeping out chilly or hot air.
Originally constructed in 1990, 650 Townsend is a 6 story concrete and steel office building. It has a total of 672,000 square feet, 8 elevators, underground and rooftop parking. The building has hosted a variety of businesses since opening. Channel Lumber provided products and services throughout various phases of the buildings original development and subsequent remodels and upgrades.
The building is the current HQ for gaming developer Zynga. The company purchased the building in 2012, at the beginning of a surge in commercial real estate prices. Zynga purchased the building for $228 million, about $317 per square foot. They are selling it at a considerable profit for $800 per square foot.
In addition to Zynga, the building houses three additional tenants, each with unique hours and needs. The outdated HVAC system was not able to handle the needs of all the clients, had ongoing maintenance issues, and resulted in outlandish energy bills. Zynga, along with property managers Cushman and Wakefield eventually hired Syserco, an energy infrastructure specialist, and overhauled the HVAC resulting in a savings of $300,000 per year.
Channel Lumber is the industry leading supplier for construction products and services. For more information about Channel Lumber and our projects, please contact us.
On June 2nd 2019, The International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Amateur Modified Muay Thai Rules tournament was held in Benicia, California. Channel Lumber is proud to have sponsored the event in support of these young athletes and their quest for the belt.
One of the main events was the Northern California Superlightweight Title bout. Reigning Champion Anthony To (from Oakland – pictured on the left with the hat), faced off against Raheem Davis (Vallejo). Anthony To successfully defended his crown by unanimous decision, and remains champion in his weight class.
Muay Thai Kick Fighting is an ancient tradition with very specific rules. The bouts are seen as much as rituals as they are as fights, with each fighter honoring God, themselves and their opponent through a series of symbolic gestures and actions. For instance the tradition of Wai Khre has each fighting circling or “sealing” the ring by praying in each corner.
There is a long list of rules and modifications based on age, experience, and skill level that serve to protect the athletes as master the sport. Thai music is played during the matches, and the two fighters dress in traditional Muay Thai shorts. You can learn more about the sport by visiting the IKF website. Channel Lumber continues to be deeply involved in community sponsorships of all kind, and would like to congratulate Anthony To for his championship victory.
Team 6918, or The Napa Cellar Rats are a robotics team at Napa High School. The team has performed well in several competitions. Channel Lumber is a supporter and sponsor of the team.
The Cellar Rats, are part of the Blue Alliance, a league of robotics teams that holds a series of competitions throughout each year. In the competitions the teams command their robot to perform a variety of tasks such as picking up and dunking balls, or placing various objects into the appropriate fitting slots, much like assembling a puzzle. The teams are judged based on several criteria including accuracy and speed.
The Cellar Rats competed this year in Del Mar, The Capital City Classic in Davis, and the Sacramento Regional. In 2018 their robot was named Roxanne; in 2019 in was Neil.
The team also engages in various community outreach programs, such as the boys and girls club, to introduce kids to the world of robotics. These events feature various smaller robots that everyone can try out.
Channel Lumber is proud of the Cellar Rats and their outstanding 2019 season.
Here is what the Cellar Rats had to say to Channel Lumber:
Thank You! The Cellar Rats would like to thank you for all your support. Our 2018-2019 FIRST® Robotics Competition season was made possible with the help of generous donors like Channel Lumber, and we couldn’t appreciate it more. We wish you well and hope to see your continued support for the Napa High Cellar Rats! Sincerely, Team 6918.
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