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    Author(s): Robert H. Falk; Steven Cramer; James Evans
    Date: 2013
    Source: FOREST PRODUCTS JOURNAL Volume 62, Number 7/8, 2013; pp.492-499.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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    Compared with other construction materials, wood products are environmentally attractive because they sequester carbon, are renewable, and are low in embodied energy. Lumber salvaged from building removal possesses these same qualities but with additional environmental attributes. In spite of the environmental attractiveness of reclaimed lumber, its widespread acceptance is hampered because it is not formally recognized in our grading or engineering design standards. This causes confusion for consumers, builders, and building officials, both in the marketplace as well as at the jobsite. In this article, possible alternatives for recognizing and accommodating reclaimed lumber in lumber grading and wood engineering design standards are provided.

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    Falk, Robert H.; Cramer, Steven; Evans, James. 2013. Framing lumber from building removal: How do we best utilize this untapped structural resource?. Forest Products Journal 62(7/8): 492-499.


    Wood, recycling, reuse, recovery, salvage, deconstruction, lumber

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