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Environment & Climate

A Durango firm makes energy-efficient building materials from timber felled during fire mitigation

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Andy Hawk showing us cross laminated timber.

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, Timber Age Systems, is working to change that, using cross-laminated timber, or CLT. We 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 cross-laminated timber, or CLT, can be up to 80% more efficient than traditional construction materials such as steel and concrete.

Listen to the story for more details.

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A drying rack at the Timber Age facility in Durango.
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Machinery used by Timber Age for CLT.

This story is part of a collaboration between stations of the Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition. Reports will highlight the transition from fossil fuels across the Mountain West. Listen in the coming months for more stories from our partner stations, including KSUT.

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