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.


 
Jan 27, 2012

FSC lumber - your sustainable, affordable option, in stock and ready to go!

By KC

FSC lumber - your sustainable, affordable option, in stock and ready to go!

Looking for a reliable, easy, affordable source for lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council? 

Look no further than Sustainable Northwest Wood! Our large inventory of high-quality FSC dimensional lumber is kept in Southeast Portland, just around the corner from McCoy Millworks. 

We've got 2x, 4x, and 6x Douglas fir, as well as pressure-treated lumber (we use copper azole) and many thicknesses and grades of plywood (no added urea formaldehyde).

And, because it's coming from us, you know that it's all locally sourced, coming from sustainably managed forests in Oregon, Southern Washington, and Northern California.

Support our local economy by buying locally grown and milled wood -- this is the best way to keep those dollars in the Pacific Northwest, where they belong. 

And be sure to choose FSC certified wood whenever you can.  Here's why.

 
Jan 27, 2012

New console table adds Northwestern charm to our office

By KC

New console table adds Northwestern charm to our office

It's Michael Appreciation Day at Sustainable Northwest Wood.  Michael is our awesome and talented warehouse manager who is always building us pretty things out of our wood: Samples, flooring displays, and now this beautiful table.

Michael gathered scraps of our Willamette Valley Walnut, Big Leaf Maple, Myrtle, and Doug fir and laminated strips together to make the butcher-block-style top, which was then sanded and finished with Osmo Polyx-Oil.

The legs are made out of Clear Vertical Grain Doug fir with a coat of Osmo One Coat Only in Rosewood, which adds depth and dimension while still allowing the grain of the fir to pop.

We love our new table, the perfect place for our juniper planter and business cards and the perfect way to showcase our local, sustainable woods.  Thanks, Michael, for your good work!

Here's a larger shot for your ogling pleasure:

 

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