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Dow demonstrates benefits of insulation

BY Ken Clark

Dow Building Solutions, a business unit of the Dow Chemical Co., and Cobblestone Homes, a Great Lakes Bay Region home builder, have joined together on a living case-study to broaden awareness of opportunities for energy efficiency in retrofits.

Revitalize Home is a remodeled demonstration home that showcases practical, energy-efficient remodeling projects that help builders and remodelers "revitalize" the renovation process and offer homeowners solutions with tangible benefits in the areas of comfort, indoor air quality and energy savings. The energy-efficient upgrades demonstrated in the Revitalize Home will enable approximately 30% in energy savings annually.

"The Revitalize Home is a true ‘living’ case-study that demonstrates real-life remodeling techniques and solutions to help solve some very common homeowner challenges," said Kaethe Schuster, retrofit market manager, Dow Building Solutions. "Remodelers, contractors, builders and homeowners will be able to learn how energy efficient remodeling projects deliver real value in terms of comfort, health and financial return. The project serves as an educational tool to help homeowners understand how their homes work, and how they can enjoy their home more while protecting what is likely their largest single investment." 

The 1,500-sq.-ft. home, located at 2250 Jefferson in Midland, Mich., showcases solutions from Dow that work together to seal the entire building envelope, bringing the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index score of the home down from 131 to 85. The Revitalize Home is also expected to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by nearly 33% per year, significantly lowering its environmental footprint.

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Wood Resources promotes former WY exec

BY Brae Canlen

Wood Resources, a company that makes wood panels for residential and commercial construction, has appointed Kurt Liebich as president and CEO, as well as group executive for wood products for parent company Atlas Holdings. Liebich will also continue in his current role as president and CEO of RedBuilt, Atlas’ wood-based structural solutions company.

Liebich joined RedBuilt’s predecessor, Trus Joist, in 1994 and served in numerous senior management roles in finance, marketing, production and operations, helping to grow the company into a billion-dollar business. He remained with the company when Weyerhauser acquired it in 1999, and was appointed VP of the Trus Joist division in 2005 before his promotion to VP marketing for iLevel. When Atlas Holdings acquired the former commercial division of Trus Joist from Weyerhauser in 2009, it appointed Liebich as president and CEO of the company which they named RedBuilt.

Simultaneous with Liebich’s appointment, Richard Yarbrough, who has led Wood Resources since its founding in 2003, has been named chairman of the board. Previous chairman William Corbin will remain actively involved on Wood Resources’ board as chairman of the executive committee. Both men are also members of RedBuilt’s board.

Wood Resources produces specialty and commodity plywood through its three operating companies: Moncure Plywood in Moncure, N.C.; Chester Wood Products in Chester, S.C.; and Olympic Panel Products in Shelton, Wash. Each company serves unique segments of the market for wood panels, which are also used in industrial applications. RedBuilt is a leading supplier of engineered lumber products based in Boise, Idaho.

Atlas Holdings chairman and managing partner Andrew Bursky said, in a prepared statement: “The steps we have taken today are strategically important to Wood Resources and RedBuilt. There are tremendous synergies both companies can realize under Kurt’s expert guidance. For instance, the businesses will be able to take a more holistic approach to developing raw material sourcing strategies in the western United States. Given the pending economic recovery, sourcing raw materials is one of the top strategic priorities for both companies over the next five years.”

Based in Greenwich, Conn., Atlas Holdings is engaged in a broad spectrum of industries, including food and agriculture, wood products and building materials, pulp and paper manufacturing, packaging, capital equipment, and industrial and business services. Atlas Holdings specializes in the purchase of middle-market companies, via carve-outs and corporate divestitures, and works closely with its Operating Partners and management teams to build strong companies that can sustain long-term success. 

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APA to oversee glulam standards

BY Brae Canlen

The American Institute of Timber Construction has transferred three American National Standards to APA – The Engineered Wood Association, effective Jan. 1, 2013. The standards include: 

  • American National Standard for Wood Products, Structural Glued Laminated Timber
  • American National Standard, Standard for Adhesives for use in Structural Glued Laminated Timber 
  • American National Standard, Standard Specification for Structural Glued Laminated Timber of Softwood Species 

All three have been renamed with new ANSI numbers. 

 “We’re pleased to take the responsibility for these standards, which are vital to the glulam industry,” said APA president Dennis Hardman. “We’re taking steps to ensure a smooth transition of the standards committee and to provide uninterrupted support to the industry with up-to-date product standards and design specifications.”

APA is a national standards developer accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and has a long and extensive history in building codes and standards development activities. APA also serves as a third-party quality auditing and testing agency. Headquartered in Tacoma, Wash., the organization operates a 42,000-sq.-ft. research center focused on engineered wood products. A regional quality testing laboratory is also located in Atlanta.

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