VANCOUVER, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - A new wood sound abatement
system made of B.C. Coastal hem-fir and developed by FPInnovations and
Western Forest Products is providing municipalities with a natural,
sustainable option to reduce traffic noise. The environment-friendly
and cost-effective wood-concrete hybrid sound-abatement system meets
and exceeds code requirements with a smaller environmental footprint
than other systems. And it does all this while bringing the warmth and
aesthetic appeal of wood to communities adjacent to roads and highways.
The wood barrier is made from sustainably managed hemlock wood products
manufactured on Vancouver Island.
"This product plays on the strengths of wood - renewable, light-weight,
long lengths and low cost - making it competitive with concrete systems
that currently have almost 100 per cent of the sound abatement market
in Canada," said Peter Lister, Vice-President Forest Operations and
Wood Products, FPInnovations. He added, "Research on this project had
been conducted by FPInnovations for almost two years prior to its
Western Forest Products Chief Operating Officer Don Demens said this
specialized hemlock product is both environmentally sustainable and
"Western is committed to developing new markets for our products and we
have worked closely with FPInnovations to develop a really effective
sound barrier. Not only is it more attractive than concrete, but it is
dramatically more cost-effective, at a time when governments are
looking to stretch taxpayer dollars further," said Mr. Demens.
The hemlock sound abatement system was developed through the BC Coastal
Forest Sector Hem-Fir Initiative, a project co-sponsored by the
Government of British Columbia and Natural Resources Canada.
The City of Burnaby has purchased the product and plans to install a
3-meter-high (10-foot-high) sound abatement system along a stretch of
Marine Drive. Additionally, special projects in Greater Vancouver have
been identified as ideal locations for wood barriers, including the
Perimeter Road Projects and upgrades to Highway 1.
FPInnovations is a not-for-profit world leader that specializes in the
creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest
sector's global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of
its industrial and government members. It is ideally positioned to
perform research, innovate and deliver state-of-the-art solutions for
every area of the sector's value chain, from forestry operations to
consumer and industrial products. FPInnovations' staff numbers more
than 500. Its research laboratories are located in Québec City,
Montréal, Thunder Bay, Edmonton and Vancouver, and it has technology
transfer offices across Canada. For more information about
FPInnovations, visit: www.fpinnovations.ca
For more info about the BC Coastal Forest Sector Hem-Fir Initiative,
please visit: www.bccoastalinitiative.ca.
About Western Forest Products
Western is an integrated Canadian forest products company and the
largest coastal British Columbia woodland operator and lumber producer
with an annual available harvest of approximately 7.4 million cubic
meters of timber of which approximately 7.2 million cubic meters is
from Crown lands and lumber capacity in excess of 1.5 billion board
feet from eight sawmills and three remanufacturing plants. Principal
activities conducted by the Company include timber harvesting,
reforestation, sawmilling logs into lumber and wood chips and
value-added remanufacturing. Substantially all of Western's
operations, employees and corporate facilities are located in the
coastal region of British Columbia while its products are sold in over
25 countries worldwide.
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Western Forest Products Inc.