Green Oak Construction

Dates: 2012 – Present
Location: TBD
Project Leaders: Ted Shelton and Robert French
Partners: US EPA, UT Center for Renewable Carbon

The Green Oak Initiative is a proposal by the University of Tennessee to develop contemporary green (un-dried) oak construction techniques for the US building market. Because many of the “heart-centers” of hardwood logs have defects that limit their usefulness for traditional dry lumber products, this portion of the log is routinely sold green (un-dried) as “cants” used to manufacture shipping pallets – an extremely low-grade use for such an otherwise highly desirable resource. This initiative will allow currently underutilized heart-centers of logs to be used as an extremely low energy, carbon friendly, beautiful and high value wood product for structural members in sustainable buildings. The research found will be applied to a comprehensive “green” demonstration project for a UT extension 4-H camp complex in West Tennessee.


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Penultimate Review

On Wednesday, April 1st we had our penultimate review.  Bill Martella, James Rose, and Matt Culver were our reviewers and […]

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Exterior Mockup

  We have one more building mockup completed!  This time we’re looking at how the green oak cants can be […]

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Off To The Hardwood Mill!

I recently took a trip to pick up a batch of freshly cut oak cants for our next building mock-up.  Because cants aren’t available […]

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Green Oak Seminar Class

In order too supplement the research taking place in the Green Oak Studio and fully explore the possibilities of this […]

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EPA P3 Competition

The Appalachian hardwood region is one of the most productive forests in the world, annually adding about twice the volume of timber to its reserve as is harvested, despite supporting a robust industry of diverse, high-value hardwood products such as flooring, trim, and cabinetry. The “heart centers” of hardwood logs, however, are an exception to the efficient use of this resource. Because this wood has defects that limit its usefulness for traditional dry lumber products, this portion of the log is routinely sold green (un-dried) as “cants” used to manufacture shipping pallets – an extremely low-grade use for such an otherwise highly desirable resource.