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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Concrete is the world’s most widely used construction material. Cement production accounts for 5% of man made carbon dioxide emissions produced globally. In the era of climate change, this has got scientists thinking and rethinking concrete.
A team of scientists in the UK have come up with a new concrete formula that can actually trap greenhouse gasses. Additionally, this new formula of concrete can self-seal cracks as they form. The secret to this new concrete that is being developed at the University of Exeter, is the introduction of microscopic flakes of graphene. Graphene is one of the world’s strongest materials. With the added graphene, the concrete compound is actually stronger than regular concrete. Because it is stronger, less material would need to be used, opening up possibilities for new designs, and overall reducing the amount of materials needed for a given structure.
This new “green” concrete is also more elastic and more resistant to water. This makes it ideal for building in earthquake or flood zones. The new compound can conduct electricity, opening the possibility to use it to heat roads or walls to melt snow and ice.
Although the green concrete shows promise in many areas of design and construction, it is at the moment costly to produce. Too costly to become viable replacement for the old stuff. Also, it will likely undergo years more of study to determine the parameters of safe useage, and any potential health risks. This article goes into detail about graphene-concrete.
In a series of independent studies, San Francisco has consistently earned top marks for being environmentally friendly, ranking in the top three (with Portland and Seattle), often taking the the top spot.
Being eco-conscious can be difficult to define, and depending who is conducting the study the parameters may vary. One key factor is per capita public transit ridership. New York City ranks #1, with San Francisco coming in at #2. Addiotionally San Francisco ranks very high for bike ridership with nearly 50,000 weekday commuters riding bikes. In 2017, 14 miles of bikeways were added or upgraded.
For recycling and carbon footprint, San Francisco again ranked in the top three along with Seattle and Portland. In this category San Francisco edged out the other contenders due to voter awareness, participation,and routinely voting for aggressive green programs and renewable energy programs. San Francisco diverts 70 of its waste due to mandatory recycling and composting.
Is the sustainable food category San Francisco again earned top ranking. With the farm to table movement, veganism, and grocery stores which feature and support sustainable practices, San Francisco has become known as an epicenter for healthy dining options. It is also worth noting that San Francisco residents on average consume less than half compared to the rest of the state.
With its green and open spaces, myriad hiking and biking trails and coastline, San Francisco is a great place to be green.
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