Sustainable Hardwoods

American Hardwoods and Sustainable Forest Management

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Alternative Websites

American Forest & Paper Association

The AF&PA is the national trade association of the forest products in America and in the global marketplace, and they promote the sustainable development of their industry. Find out more about the industry’s economic impact, important issues, sustainability and recycling, and more on their website.


ForestryUSA is a non-government resource that links to all the major websites and Internet resources on forest industries, related government departments and agencies on a state and federal level, and NGOs, among others. Browse through their business links, find networking resources and opportunities, and check out resources on education and research.

Forest Legality Alliance

The Forest Legality Alliance is a World Resources Institute and USAID-backed organization focused on fighting illegal logging (and its negative impacts) around the world. It focuses on educating and building the capacities of everyone involved, it helps equip key players with the necessary tools to achieve their goals, continuously demonstrates the feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and practicality of legal and sustainable logging and its industry-spanning impact.

U.S. Forest Service

The US Forest service is focused on sustaining the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands. They provide technical and financial support to government agencies, businesses, private landowners, and various organizations regarding the management and protection of forests, they promote sustainable forest management and biodiversity, among other services and endeavors – learn more about what they do for you on the website.

American Forest Resource Council

The AFRC advocates for the responsible management of public forestlands, which directly impacts the environment, the economy, and the people. Read up on what solutions the AFRC is presenting for a variety of issues, discuss hot topics, check out the newsletter, and get in touch and interact with the AFRC and stay up-to-date.


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5 of Some of the More Interesting, Largest, and Tallest Wooden Buildings and Structures in the World

Quick – money not being an issue, what’s the best thing to build the biggest mansion you can dream of out of? Got your answer?

Okay – did you think wood?

If you didn’t, don’t worry about it – not many people would think of using wood as the main thing to use in building anything important for perfectly valid reasons: wood is flammable, it’s not as strong as steel or concrete, it denudes forests, and isn’t really quite sustainable, right?

Well, you’d be surprised at how what we know about wood may not actually be as true as it used to be.

In fact, there’s been a growing trend where architects, builders, and engineers are looking increasingly at wood as being the new hotness when it comes to building the buildings of the future – that wood is a sustainable material that’s great for the environment, can be stronger than steel in some situations, can be surprisingly fire-resistant, capable of withstanding earthquakes better than concrete, and the fact that it’s also pretty good for improving your mood and putting people in a good state of mind in general, just to name a few things about it. [1]

That’s what we have to look forward to in the future, but what about right now? Has there been any building or structure made out of wood that deserves our attention? Well, let’s take a look at five that you just might find interesting.

Japan’s Tōdai-ji

The Todai-ji, or Great Eastern Temple in Japan

Founded in the 8th Century B.C. by Emperor Shomu as part of a nationwide Buddhist temple building campaign and located in the city of Nara, the Todaiji – or Great Eastern Temple – is one of ancient Japan’s more prominent historical monuments, and is the old world’s largest wooden structure ever built. [2] The Daibutsu-den, or Great Hall, measures 164 feet wide, 281 feet long, and 157 feet in height, and it houses the Daibutsu, the world’s largest gilded bronze Buddha. [3][4] Today, the entire complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and serves as the headquarters of the Kegon school of Buddhism. [5]

The Tillamook Air Museum

The Tillamook Air Museum in Michigan

Built by the U.S. Navy in 1942 in Oregon, the Tillamook Air Museum is the largest clear-span – essentially meaning having a roof supported only by the building’s outer walls – wooden structure in the world. It was formerly a U.S. Navy blimp hangar, and it's 1,072 feet long, 296 feet wide, and it stands at 192 feet in height, with its floor area being roughly over 7 acres all in all. [6]

Michigan’s Superior Dome

Michigan's Superior Dome is the world's largest wooden dome

Located in the city of Marquette and home to the Northern Michigan University Wildcats, the Superior Dome was built in 1991 and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest wooden dome in the world (and the fifth largest dome overall), having a diameter of 536 feet, is 143 feet tall, and covers an area of just over 5 acres. The facility can hold up to 16,000 people, and it can be set up for a variety of events apart from football – in fact, it can house three basketball or volleyball courts, two tennis courts, and even a 200-meter track! [7]

Spain’s Metropol Parasol

The Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain

Designed by German Architect Jürgen Mayer H. and built over six years from 2005-2011, the Metropol Parasol can be found – rather hard to miss, actually – in the Plaza de la Encarnación, in Seville’s Old Quarter. It covers an area of 490 feet by 230 feet, and is approximately 85 feet high. Popularly known to the locals as Las Setas de la Encarnación (Incarnación's mushrooms), it is claimed to be the world’s largest wooden structure, consisting of four levels: an underground level which houses a museum; the first level being the open-air, public plaza level underneath the wooden parasols; and the second and third levels being the surfaces above the parasols which provide panoramic views of the city (and a restaurant). [8]

The University of British Columbia’s Brock Commons

Brock Commons, the world's tallest wood building

Brock Commons is the University of British Columbia’s new student dormitory – and a record-setting one at that: the new structure is now the world’s tallest wood building, with its 18 floors reaching a height of approximately 174 feet. In addition to using sustainable materials and construction methods, Brock Commons is also an energy efficient building that can withstand earthquakes and is quite fire resistant, despite what people may think of its choice of primary material. [9]

There you have it – five of the more interesting buildings and structures made mostly out of wood. There’s more than just what we went through here, of course; this is, after all, just intended to whet one’s appetite for what the future may hold for sustainable architecture and engineering.

About the Author: Andre Salvatierra is a freelance writer who loves culture, technology, well-designed things, and great experiences. You can find him on Medium and Twitter.

IMAGE CREDITS: Article header photo by Rubendene, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0; Tillamook Air Museum photo by Valder137, licensed under CC BY 2.0; Michigan Superior Dome Photo by Bobak Ha'Eri, licensed under CC BY 3.0; Metropol Parasol photo by Rubendene, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0; Brock Commons image courtesy of Acton Ostry Architects.


All references accessed Tuesday, the 27th of September 2016.

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