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September  2015
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Advancing Lumber Construction With Engineered Wood Products 

The use of lumber and wood products in construction is on the rise as homebuilders and homebuyers see the environmental and economical benefits of building with a renewable resource. APA – The Engineered Wood Association is forecasting an increase in demand for North American engineered wood products (EWP), including structural panels, starting this year through 2019 due to a projected 12 percent increase in housing starts in the U.S. Structural panel sales are expected to grow by 19 percent and other EWP will grow between 20 and 25 percent.

The recent boom in Hawaii’s construction sector means a boom for lumber and wood products sales as well. According to the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s third quarter report, the value of commercial and industrial building permits issued in the first half of 2015 shot up by more than 183 percent over the same time period last year. Residential permitting also made a huge jump with an increase of over 96 percent.

“EWP has the real potential to significantly grow the lumber and wood products industry because it allows for increased structural integrity and durability,” said Erin McClanahan, Hawaii Lumber Products Association (HLPA) president and Sause Bros. Hawaii marketing manager. “EWP’s prefabrication and light weight, in relation to load-bearing capacity, helps to manage construction costs.”

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Seminar at the AIA in September

The HLPA held a Continuing Education Seminar entitled, “Build it with Wood, Meet & Learn” earlier this month on September 3, 2015 at the Honolulu Headquarters of the AIA on Queen St.. This was a Continuing Education (CE) Seminar for Architects, Contractors and those interested in building with WOOD in Hawaii. A small but very engaging group of mostly Architects came together to hear both Josh Hamilton of Louisiana Pacific Corp., and Tim Waite with Simpson Strong-Tie Co. discuss and share their knowledge and experience with, “Wood Framing Solutions: Laminated Strand Lumber When Strength, Stiffness and Straightness Matter”, which discussed the many facets of engineered wood products (EWP), and many of the different types of EWP and specified where you should use it in building. The 2nd course, lead by Tim Waite was on, “Load Path Connections and Lateral Systems Solutions for Engineered Wood Product Construction”and discussed wood framing connectors with an emphasis on engineered wood products (EWP). Concentration on the connector, anchor, fastener and lateral systems products that Simpson Strong-Tie manufacturers

Pacific Building Trade Expo
at HCC, November 2015

HLPA will be exhibiting at the annual event, the Pacific Building Trade Expo at the Hawaii Convention Center, Exhibition Hall, on Nov. 17, 2015 from 9am-5:30pm. The Honolulu chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the Construction Specifications Institute are once again co-producing the Pacific Building Trade Expo with presenting sponsor HONBLUE. This is Hawaii’s premier exposition for architects, designers, landscape architects, engineers, builders, contractors and other AEC professionals.For 16 years this Expo has brought together the design and construction industries for a full day of stimulating seminars, networking opportunities, prize drawings and an exhibition hall showcasing the latest products and services of nearly 200 local and national vendors. Plan to visit the HLPA at our booth, #238 all day, at the Hawai‘i Convention Center on November 17 for Expo 2015.




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