Specifying Western Red Cedar: Sustainable Building Products

Western Red Cedar (WRC) aesthetic, economic, and environmental benefits are just some of the reasons why builders and designers are increasingly gravitating to this species of wood. Presented here are modern, historical, and cultural uses of western red cedar, as well as its performance characteristics, grade specification, and finishes. Also discussed are sustainable forest management practices and certification agencies, and how sustainably sourced wood can contribute to LEED® credits.

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Environmental Performance of Redwood Lumber

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. This course offers insight into the environmental performance of Redwood Lumber. The details and results of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) comparing Redwood and plastic/composite decking options will be shared as will information about Redwood’s Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). The course also provides comparisons between Redwood Lumber and other wood species, as well as details about the sustainability of modern Redwood forestry management practices. Finally, this course provides details on important product attributes of Redwood Lumber including grades, fire performance, strength, and finishing options among others.

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Designing Beneficial Spaces for Living, Working and Well-being (Print Course)

It’s a common human reaction; we turn to nature in uncertain times. Nature nurtures, as they say. With the 2020 global pandemic and the limited access to the outdoors it has meant for many, people are looking at their surroundings with new appreciation – and an increased desire for buildings that help them feel good as they spend more time indoors.

While we know that good architecture doesn’t guarantee good health, evidence is growing that a well-designed building can lead to an improved overall sense of well-being for occupants. And, since wood has a natural connection with nature, there is increasing evidence that wood can contribute to the well-being of building occupants when it is left where it can be seen and even smelled. This CEU explores the trend towards architecture designed to improve the well-being of building occupants.

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Paving the Way Forward in a Touchless Environment: How building suppliers and distributors are doing business

In light of states opening back up, learn what LBM businesses are doing right now to thrive in a contact-less environment regarding employee safety, business operations, and communication:


* Customer communication - loyalty starts with transparency and assistance, even at a distance
* Ecommerce - short term solutions that turn into log-term
* No-contact service - from placing orders, to the lumberyard, to delivery, to invoicing.
* Avoiding cash transactions - have customers place orders online through simple, but powerful software

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Survive and Advance: A Webinar with Craig Webb

Navigating the Current Health Situation While Setting Your Business Up Long-Term

The economic impact caused by the current public health situation will affect LBM dealers for several months. It's certainly not business as usual-and that may turn out to be a good thing, because smart dealers also are finding new and better ways to run their companies. The most reactive dealers will not only survive, but they'll advance to a higher, more efficient operating state.

Hear Craig Webb, LBM industry analyst, detail the adjustments dealers are making now in the current public health situation and should embrace long-term.

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Opportunities For Wood in Low-Rise Commercial Buildings (Print Course)

This course is intended for building designers who want to learn more about the use of wood framing systems in low-rise commercial projects. The course content will provide practical information that can be applied to projects, the course begins with code-related topics, including cost implications of construction type, opportunities for achieving unlimited area, and implications of multi-tenant occupancies. It provides an overview of wood wall and roof systems commonly used in commercial buildings, and highlights key design considerations. Examples of wood-frame buildings are highlighted, and a recent cost and environmental comparison of a big box store designed in wood versus steel is summarized. Code references refer to the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) unless otherwise noted.

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The Impact of Wood Use on North American Forests (Print Course)

As green building has evolved beyond its initial emphasis on energy efficiency, greater attention has been given to the choice of structural materials and the degree to which they influence a building’s environmental footprint. Increasingly, wood from sustainably managed forests is viewed as a responsible choice. Drawing from a wide range of research publications, this course will examine the current state of North American forests, modern forest practices, and criteria for sustainability, and consider some of the challenges that could profoundly impact the future of the forest resource.

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How Building with Wood Helps Multifamily Developers Succeed

Read about various multifamily construction projects where the use of wood was critical to the success of the building. New design, manufacturing, and construction techniques - coupled with evolutions in building codes - allows light-frame wood and mass timber buildings to reach higher heights and densities. New wood construction also achieves superior design aesthetics and fire safety characteristics in residential buildings.

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Flyer: Does Your LBM Software Empower You With Real-Time Analytics To Drive Growth?

Our technology provides the data and insights to offer more value to your customers and increase your bottom line. Consider these eight questions for your lumber and building materials business. Epicor BisTrack software supports LBM businesses with analytic tools to help you grow.

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Infographic: 8 Questions to Help You Drive LBM Business Growth Through Better Data Analytics

The best business management software provides real-time data and insights—helping leaders reduce costs and make strategic decisions. Consider these eight questions for your lumber and building materials business. Can your current system support your growth goals?

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