Taking Sustainability outdoors with American hardwoods
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About the Event
The wide range of American hardwood species offer the architect and designer a wonderful palette of colors textures and grains from which to make furniture and design interiors. What they do not offer however is a very durable wood species that can be considered for outdoor applications such as cladding or decking. Meanwhile their use in structural applications has been somewhat limited by a lack of know-how. This is now changing through the application of new and relatively simple technology coupled with a readiness to explore timber as a material for a wider range of construction solutions.
Please join Roderick Wiles, AHEC Regional Director, who will be on hand at Colab on Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 11am to 5pm and will highlight and answer questions on the proven environmental credentials of U.S. hardwoods as well as elaborate on the new possibilities in exterior and structural applications. Thermally modified American hardwoods have been specified for projects like KOA Canvas and Al Faya Lodge, both of which are located in the UAE as well as for the CITY’s Bench designed by Khalid Shafar. In addition, Maggies Oldham and The Smile are two projects that highlight the potential for cross-laminated hardwoods in structural applications.
Through AHEC’s vision, sustainable American hardwoods are now beginning to enter new and exciting commercial markets. As the world re-embraces timber as a building material, it is hoped that they will become recognized more for the possibilities they can offer in all aspects of design and construction. Learn more about how American hardwoods can now be used externally and in structural applications here in the Middle East.