New Solutions to Carbon Emissions

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Net Zero buildings have been at the cutting edge of Green building in the last decade. The foundation of this is that once the building opens for business it produces the energy it consumes. A net zero building is also expected to recycle waste, including carbon dioxide

This is referred to as operational carbon. Operational carbon, however, is not the only carbon liability in the lifespan of a structure. There is also carbon that is produced in the building process itself, as well as in the production of building materials. This is referred to as “embodied carbon”.

Embodied carbon emissions are the new frontier in the building world. There is an entire industry emerging that is dedicated to analyzing how much carbon is produced in construction, and how it can be eradicated. 

For instance two Swedish companies, Skanska and Volvo, are at the forefront of research and have plans for embodied carbon reduction. Their plans for all new buildings, infrastructure, and renovations detail 40% less emissions by 2030, and zero emissions by 2050. 

Let’s hope they can do it! 

Channel Lumber is dedicated to the vision and day to day operation of Green Building as well as the promotion of Green Building across the construction industry. 

Please contact us for more information about how to build Green.

5 Services for Your Next Construction Project

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With over fifty year’s experience in the commercial lumber business, we have learned what it takes to satisfy customers. The size and quality of our inventory, milling facilities, and our services reflect our commitment to fulfill your every need. 

  1. Forklift Unloading on Deliveries: This is the latest addition to our service portfolio. The forklift is piggybacked onto the delivery truck as depicted above. This makes for efficent and cost-effective off loading to your site. 
  2. Delivery: Channel Lumber has the largest delivery fleet of any company in the Bay Area. Our trucks are painted a distinctive yellow, and we deliver to locations throughout Northern California. Trucks are equipped with GPS so we can track where your product is and precisely when it will arrive to keep your job moving. 
  3. Custom Projects: Our full service shop, project assembly division and skilled craftsmen can create your custom product from scratch and deliver it to your site on time. If you can design it, we can build it. Our Manufacturing and Assembly division includes concrete forms, pedestrian barricade panels, heavy duty crane mats and pads, and a endless variety of other custom products. 
  4. Mill Work: A wide variety of projects can be handled through our custom mill work. We specialize in duplicating unique or historical patterns from your building to spec. 
  5. Architectural and Project Management Consultation: With over 50 years doing business in Northern California, we know the ins and outs of requirements, codes, products, and project work flow. Before you break ground, with the help of our expert team you can map out your project saving you money on costly delays, and surprises. 

For more information on our products and services, please contact us.

World of Concrete

World of Concrete

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.

For more information, please contact us.

Channel Lumber Annual Holiday Party

We had a blast at our annual Holiday Party. Check out the pictures below!

Channel Lumber holiday party
Enjoying a moment by the tree

The annual Channel Lumber Holiday party was held this year at the Monterey Plaza Hotel. Guests stayed at the hotel and also enjoyed a cocktail reception Saturday eventing.

Channel Lumber holiday party
Cocktails anyone?

Saturday dinner was held at the Whaling Station Steakhouse.

Seafood appetizer
Seafood appetizer

Although not officially part of the party, some attendees enjoyed a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Channel Lumber holiday party
A good time was had by all
Channel Lumber holiday party
Happy Holidays

As always, all of us at Channel Lumber thank you for your business in 2019, and wish you the best in 2020. For more information about Channel Lumber please visit our website or contact us.

How You Can Help the Amazon Rainforest

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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:

You can also get involved by contacting your local officials, and by signing this Greenpeace petition. 

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Leed Platinum: Tumble Creek Cabin

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
  • LED lighting
  • An airtight “mudroom” allows guests to enter and exit while keeping out chilly or hot air.

Channel Lumber is proud to be a leader of green and sustainable building. To find out more about our products and services, please contact us.

Channel Lumber Sponsors Young Athletes in The International Kickboxing Federation

The International Kickboxing Federation
Anthony To and Raheem Davis set to face off in the title fight.
Channel Lumber’s owner, Mike DeSimoni Jr., is in the middle.

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.

Channel Lumber Sponsors Team 6918

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.


Chase Center: Construction Update

The New Chase Center in San Francisco

The Chase Center, which will be home to the Golden State Warriors next season, is nearing completion. The first event, Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony, is scheduled for September 6th, 2019. The building will be a state-of-the-art 18,000 seat arena for sports, music, and conventions. Additionally, it will feature 100,000 square feet of mixed use/retail space, underground parking, and three acres of green and public spaces.

In keeping with Channel Lumber’s support of Green Building, the Chase Center is on track to achieve LEED Gold certification. The eco-conscious design utilizes as little resources as possible while maximizing visitor experience. Contractors used regionally sourced materials, and recycled content during development, and the indoor finishes meet stringent requirements for VOC (volatile organic compounds) content. The roof has a high solar reflectance index to minimize heat absorption and create a heat island effect.

Once open, the center will feature plentiful recycling and composting stations, and green power. Initial reports indicate that 70% of electrical use will be offset by wind power. The facility will have an indoor bike valet, ample outdoor bike parking, and eventually will be connected to extended Muni and BART lines.

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Engineered Lumber

At Channel Lumber we offer a wide variety of building materials. There have been interesting advances in the world of engineered lumber — here is a pocket guide to the specialized lumber products we carry.

  • Glue-Lam Beams – Glue-Lam (or Glulam) is typically a large structural beam comprised of layers of smaller dimensional lumber laminated to end-use specifications. Glue-lam beams have a very high strength to weight ratio, and produce far less greenhouse emissions in their production compared to steel or concrete. Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of Glue-Lam is that can easily be made into arches and allow more design flexibility than lumber or steel.
Glulam beams the Sheffield Winter Garden. Find out more.
  • Parallam® PSL – PSL stands for parallel strand lumber. The parallel strands are typically veneers, and other non-dimensional lumber created in the process of cutting dimensional lumber. The strands are compressed and bonded with adhesive. The strands are not more than ¼” thick, and have a length of at least 300 times the least dimension.
  • Microllam® LVL – Microllam is similar to plywood in construction. The advantages of microlam are that the dimensions are uniform and predictable, and the product is very strong. It resists warping, and can be treated for weather protection.
Microllam LVL Beams
  • Timberstrand® LSL – Timberstrand is laminated lumber comprised of smaller timber that is not straight or strong enough to produce traditional dimensional lumber. This type of lumber has many advantages: it is free of knots, does not twist or bow, and it is stable and strong.