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New Technology Takes The Guess Work Out of Home Renovations

Via Stephen Erickson - Windows Blog -- Last week, Windows announced that it's holographic computer hardware, HoloLens , in partnership with Lowe's is launching an effort to bring the renovation experience to life. With Lowe's background in complete home renovations, the company knows that it takes more than a few pieces of a sample to really help someone envision the end result of their home renovation. This is where HoloLens comes in. HoloLens uses holograms to allow the consumer to see a... Read More
Posted by Kristina Bran at Monday, March 21, 2016 | 1 comments
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Millennials and Home Remodeling

Via WoodworkingNetwork.com -- MENLO PARK, Calif. – Data analysts at Kukun, an online platform that helps homeowners learn about the home remodeling process, say the home renovation market is poised for significant growth in 2016, led by Millennials who are among the most active home renovators - at least among those who use online tools to aid in the process. “More [existing home] sales means more renovations. More renovations means more people needing tools to help ease the... Read More
Posted by Kristina Bran at Monday, March 7, 2016 | 0 comments
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Wood-based Carbon Fibre Used to Build Model Car

Via TechMic  ---- Cars could soon be made out of plants instead of metal. Researchers in Sweden are working on a new car material made out of a wood-based carbon fiber. The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has created a car roof out of wood composite and a carbon fiber car battery made with lignin, an substance found in the cell walls of plants, according to Science Daily.  Lignin is one of the earth's most plentiful natural polymers Scientists are using it to... Read More
Posted by Kristina Bran at Monday, February 15, 2016 | 4 comments
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Lumber Liquidators Holdings (LL) Sentenced For Smuggling Illegal Wood Into The U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Virginia-based company Lumber Liquidators was sentenced to $13.2 million in fines and forfeitures for importing illegal wood and submitting false declarations under the Lacey Act, a conservation law that makes it a crime to import plants and animals taken in violation of state and foreign law. In addition, the company has been placed on a five-year probation, during which it must implement a strict environmental compliance plan. In October 2015, after a two-year... Read More
Posted by Kristina Bran at Monday, February 1, 2016 | 1 comments
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Grown In Seconds, A New Website Launched By AHEC, Demonstrates Sustainability of American Timber

To illustrate the sustainability of American hardwoods, a new interactive platform: Grown in Seconds , has been launched by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) to show how swiftly wood used for a variety of projects regrows naturally in American forests. Supported by environmental consultants ThinkStep .  AHEC aims to promote a better understanding of the true environmental benefits of using American hardwoods in design and manufacture. The new platform, Grown in Seconds, uses... Read More
Posted by Kristina Bran at Tuesday, January 26, 2016 | 0 comments
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