A Durango Firm Makes Energy-Efficient Building Materials from Timber Felled During Fire Mitigation

Fire mitigation efforts like forest thinning are becoming more important, but the wood often ends up in a landfill or otherwise wasted.
Andy Hawk showcasing cross laminated timber. (Sarah Flower/KSUT)

by | Jan 26, 2022 | Environment, Wildfires

This story is part of a collaboration with Rocky Mountain Community Radio focusing on the transition away from fossil fuels across the Mountain West.

As the climate continues to dry and warm across Colorado, fire mitigation efforts such as forest thinning are becoming more important. But the wood often ends up in a landfill or otherwise wasted.

One company in Durango called Timber Age Systems is working to change that using cross-laminated timber, or CLT. Sarah Flower of KSUT visited their facility to learn more.

Key takeaways:

  • Timber Age is working with smaller trees, beetle-killed material and other wood that doesn’t always meet commercial needs.
  • Buildings based on CLT can be up to 80% more efficient than traditional construction materials such as steel and concrete.

Listen above for the full story.

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About Sarah Flower

Sarah Flower is a reporter for KSUT public radio in Ignacio, Colorado. She's reported on health, housing, and the environment in the Four Corners Region.

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