Wood offers the combination of energy efficiency and renewability unlike any other building material. No other natural resource is as cost effective yet as good for the environment as wood. With evolving technology, we are able to retrieve more viable fiber from the tree than ever before. Embodying the principles of sustainability (sustainable forestry), engineered wood is one of the most effective uses of wood fiber available today.
The proven I-joist cross-section shows how much less wood is required to outspan traditional lumber, and because of its consistency, every Nordic joist, unlike dimension lumber, is 100% usable. Optimizing fiber in this fashion is necessary if we are to maintain a viable resource base for future generations.
Chantiers Chibougamau employs a forestry team of over 200 employees. Dedicated to his extensive cultivation and reforestation program, CCL develops a portion of the over 2 million acres under its stewardship. Using refined felling and cutting techniques, CCL is able to minimize the impact on the ecosystem. The internal ISO 14001 sylviculture program limits environmental impact by preventing erosion and runoff, while pre-thinning reduces competition for available nutrients. CCL’s responsible forestry management assures biodiversity in the woodlands with new, middle-aged and mature trees perpetuating a constant growth cycle.
CCL’s research and development team has created proprietary processes that allow extracting wood fiber from traditionally unsuitable log segments. Nordic products featured ENVIRO≡LAM process make use of the tree tips that had previously been left in the forest as waste. This exceptionally strong, all-heart fiber now makes up the core of the glued laminated beams and columns.
ENVIRO≡LAM is the latest example of CCL’s commitment to proper stewardship of the environment.
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