Innovation is key to building a green future

OSU's Fred Kamke shows off composite wood products.
OSU's Fred Kamke shows off composite wood products. (Photo by OSU.)

OSU positions Oregon to be a leader in green building technology

Innovation is essential for Oregon companies to remain successful in the intensely competitive international green building products sector. And with predictions by demographic experts that the population of urban areas will double in the next 40 years, the demand for tall, sustainable structures will continue to increase.

To meet this demand, OSU's Forest Research Laboratory is creating improved forms of advanced engineered composite materials. Its scientists characterize, develop and test high-performance sustainable materials for a wide variety of applications, including buildings and transportation infrastructure.

Fred Kamke, OSU’s JELD-WEN Chair of Wood-based Composites Science (WSE), co-directs the Oregon BEST Green Building Materials Laboratory. He is also site director for the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Wood-Based Composites. He works with industry partners to facilitate relevant collaborative research across disciplines in wood and materials science and engineering.

In 2014, FRL researchers and OSU's College of Forestry partnered with Portland State University’s School of Architecture and Ecotrust on the fifth annual Sustainable Structures Symposium. They brought together architecture, engineering and green building experts to talk about innovative sustainable building strategies and how to educate future architects and engineers in this area.

OSU research is bringing advances in new green wood composites and adhesives and other products that have reduced costs, improved performance and are more environmentally friendly.

Source: OSU Professor Fred Kamke, the site director for the Green Building Materials Laboratory.

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