Oct 15, 2012

An Appetite for Local Wood

By KC

An Appetite for Local Wood

Portlanders go to great lengths to enjoy fresh, local food from responsible producers.

Increasingly, we're also demanding that the spaces in which we dine live up to these values.  And Portland's restaurateurs seem happy to oblige!

From the Pearl to Hawthorne, from deep in the Ace to under the Wonder Ballroom, new restaurants are cropping up that spotlight locally-harvested wood from Sustainable Northwest Wood.

Here are a few that opened recently or are opening soon.  Be sure to stop in, ogle the exceptional wood, and enjoy the delectable fare!

Is it just a coincidence that so many of these well-appointed eateries made it onto Portland Monthly's list of Best Restaurants 2012?  Pick up the November issue to see the full list.

Photo, above: Lardo, on SE 12th Ave and Hawthorne, was designed by Shannon Quimby and built by Tim Mencer.  It spotlights FSC Douglas fir throughout the interior.

Photos, below: The Streetcar Bistro, at Northrup and NW 11th Avenue, showcases our Campground Blue Pine paneling throughout the space. Builders Modern Organic made it look, well, modern, a most refreshing way to express blue pine beyond the cliche lodge look. The bistro also features remarkable live-edge blue pine and juniper tables built by FP Design.

 
Mar 6, 2012

Need plywood? Call us for local, FSC, no added formaldehyde ply, in stock and ready to go!

By KC

Need plywood?  Call us for local, FSC, no added formaldehyde ply, in stock and ready to go!

As part of our mission to support Pacific Northwestern mills and the rural communities that depend on them, Sustainable Northwest Wood searched long and hard for a supplier of locally harvested, FSC certified plywood. 

We now keep it in stock at our warehouse in Southeast Portland, where we carry AC and CDX grades in a variety of thicknesses, as well as maple hardwood panels.

The plywood we offer is harvested from FSC forests in Northern California and milled in Oregon's Umpqua Valley.  In addition to being FSC certified and locally grown, our plywood is also NAUF, or no added urea formaldehyde, which means it won't off-gas carcinogenic fumes into your new construction.

According to the EPA, "In homes, the most significant sources of formaldehyde are likely to be pressed wood products made using adhesives that contain urea-formaldehyde (UF) resins."  Why does urea formaldehyde matter?  In addition to being a suspected cancer-causing agent, formaldehyde has been implicated in increasing rates of asthma and other respiratory problems.

NAUF plywood helps LEED-registered projects achieve additional points for Indoor Air Quality and is acceptible for use with the Living Building Challenge.  Our NAUF plywood also complies with California's CARB regulations.

 
Feb 20, 2012

Bend's Living Building Challenge project raises the bar on sustainable design in Central Oregon

By KC

Bend's Living Building Challenge project raises the bar on sustainable design in Central Oregon

The Desert Rain home, a Living Building Challenge project that is under construction in Bend, is forging new frontiers in sustainable design.  In addition to being net-zero energy, the home will collect and process all of its water needs.  An ADU is being constructed on the property, next to the main house, which is also being built to meet the criteria of the Living Building Challenge.

Sustainable Northwest Wood is proud to be the provider of the FSC lumber for this project, in partnership with Parr Lumber Company.  A site visit today showed the FSC certified Doug fir framing in full glory, as well as the sill plate, for which FSC Western Red Cedar was chosen.

Cedar isn't typically used for sill plate; contractors most often work with pressure-treated fir.  In this project, though, cedar was chosen because it is naturally durable without the need for any added synthetic chemicals -- it will bear the weight of this home while naturally preventing the decay of its most sensitive structural components. 

This FSC 100% Western Red Cedar was sourced from Zigzag, OR, where it was super-selectively harvested as part of a restorative forestry management program at the Homestead Girl Scout Camp. 

The Desert Rain home was designed by Tozer Design and is being built by Timberline Construction.  

Photos: Top, FSC 100% Cedar sill plate; bottom, the ADU's interior gets framed.


 

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