Increased Exposure to Wood Can Improve Health and Well Being

Growing Evidence Suggests Biophilic Designs of Hospitals, Offices, Schools, and Other Buildings Can Regulate Stress Levels

Wood has been used as a building material for thousands of years, but we’re only beginning to truly understand its benefits. Building with wood has not merely practical and environmental benefits, but it has also been linked to better physiological and psychological wellbeing. Not only is wood aesthetically pleasing, but environments with wooden structures are also shown to cause a drop in blood pressure, lower the pulse, and have a calming effect. The result is enhanced productivity and learning, reduced stress, and improved focus. This natural phenomenon is often referred to as the Biophilia Effect and there is science behind it.

Biophilic Designs

Human beings are meant to be in nature, but modern society dictates more of our time being spent indoors rather than outdoors. To remedy this, more building designers are incorporating natural elements like exposed wood, natural light, and plants into their building structure. This concept is often referred to as biophilic design, the idea that spending time in a more natural setting can improve physical and mental health for the people who live, work, and gather in the space. The trend of biophilic design in offices and other workplaces has been growing for years.

Though research on the biophilic properties of wood is still in its early stages, there is a growing body of evidence that increased exposure to natural elements can result in an impressive list of beneficial effects, including but not limited to better learning rates, lower blood pressure, reduced stress, and faster healing. The white paper, WHY DO WE FEEL BETTER WITH WOOD?, examines the benefits of biophilic design, and the growing body of research behind it. Here are some other examples of researchers studying the physiological and psychological impact of natural elements: 

Environmental psychologist Dr. Sally Augustin and researcher Dr. David Fell found humans automatically relax when they are surrounded by views of nature, natural light, plants, and exposed wood upon their review of existing research from the U.S., Canada, Austria, and other countries. Fell (2010) studied the autonomic responses of 119 subjects in wood and non-wood offices before, during, and after a stressful mental task. In this study, sympathetic nervous system activation was lower in the wood room. Skin conductance level was lower in the wood office during the pre-and post-test periods. Further, the rate of non-specific skin conductance responses, measurable divergent stressful thoughts, in the wood office was less than half that as in the non-wood office.
Source- Wood as a Restorative Material in Healthcare Environments, February 2015 

Marjut Wallenius, a Docent and Doctor of Psychology at the University of Tampere concluded use of wood promotes the health and well-being of mind and body in her research, “Wood has psychological effects on people and a similar stress-reducing effect to nature,” she says. 
Source – Wood Construction Reduces Stress and Offers a Healthy Living Environment 

Wood was associated with decreased blood pressure in an Austrian study; high school students who were taught in classrooms with floors, ceilings, and walls finished in real wood had lower heart rates than students taught in classrooms with no wood elements (Kelz et al., 2011). Besides having lower heart rates, students in the wood classrooms also reported lower levels of stress than those in non-wood classrooms. 
Source- Wood in the human environment : restorative properties of wood in the built indoor environment

A Japanese study comparing physical and emotional responses to viewing wood versus steel panels found that wood had both physiological and psychological advantages over steel (Sakuragawa et al., 2005). Wood panels were associated with decreased depression or dejection, while steel increased both. Aside from mood, researchers measured a difference in blood pressure as well: wood panels were associated with decreased blood pressure or no change, while steel was associated with increased blood pressure. 
Source- Nature in Design: The Biophilia Effect

Forest and Wood Products Australia commissioned a study that linked nature, biophilic design, and wood with improved physical and mental wellbeing. The study surveyed 1,000 Australian workers and found a correlation between the presence of wood and employees’ satisfaction at work, lower absenteeism, higher levels of concentration, and improved productivity. 
Source- “Workplaces: Wellness+ Wood = Productivity”

Willamette Valley Company offers some of the most innovative wood products solutions in the industry, including patches, fillers, extenders, coatings, inks, abrasives, tapes, and a wide variety of outstanding application equipment and parts. What can Willamette Valley Company do for you today? Find out now.

Tapel Willamette Celebrates 20 Years in Business!

Tapel Willamette

Tapel Willamette, Willamette Valley Company’s South American division, recently celebrated 20 years in business- a major milestone! When it began operations in May 2000 the company had just 7 employees and was headquartered in a small warehouse near downtown Concepción, Chile. Today, Tapel Willamette is a leading supplier for the industrial, environmental, and wood products industries, providing innovative solutions and services all over the world from their current headquarters in Coronel, Chile.

Coronel, Chile

The company has faced its share of challenges through the years – the subprime crisis, the earthquake in 2010, climate change, the current coronavirus pandemic, and a 2019 national social and political crisis in Chile that resulted in widespread strikes and road closures. Despite these challenges, the Tapel Willamette team stepped up and continued to supply high-quality solutions to their customers by following a simple credo:

“Nos asociamos a través del servicio, la innovación y la integridad”- We partner through service, innovation, and integrity.

It is this commitment to quality, service, and innovation that has made Tapel Willamette a success story.  

Tapel Willamette 2020

Not even a global pandemic can stop our Tapel Willamette team from serving our customers and essential businesses.

Tapel Willamette

After the 2010 Earthquake

Tapel Willamette is verified with Responsible Care, which reaffirms their commitment to the community, to the environment and to all those who are part of our business activities. The company demonstrated this commitment by participating in initiatives like this hydrological restoration program to reduce the environmental, social, and economic vulnerability generated by the mega-fires of the summer of 2017. 

We are very proud of our Tapel family!!! For more information, please visit www.tapel.cl

Obtenga más información visitando www.tapel.cl

photo credit: Oscar Maltez via photopin cc

Twelve Facts About Engineered Wood You May Not Know

Photo @ APA — The Engineered Wood Association

Photo @ APA — The Engineered Wood Association

Since launching as a small business distributing mill supplies to the wood products industry in 1952, we’ve always had the same credo: Partnering through service, innovation, and integrity. This core belief drives our quest to find custom, innovative solutions to serve the wood products industry. 

WVCO works to fulfill our mission by maintaining close partnerships with leading wood products organizations like APA – The Engineered Wood Association, a nonprofit trade association for engineered wood product manufacturers. Considered a leading resource for information about engineered wood products, APA regularly provides resources illustrating the benefits of engineered wood and mass timber products. 

Construction Benefits of Using Mass Timber Products
Here are just a few interesting facts you may not know about the benefits of building with engineered wood products like glulam, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), Structural Composite Lumber (SCL) and more:

➢ Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) is just one example of engineered wood that can use insect-damaged lumber. While areas may be discolored, it’s still structurally sound, and the natural blue stain adds visual interest to the project! Learn more

➢Treated glulam is an ideal building material for exposed applications, like bridges, because it stands up to extreme weather conditions. Click here to learn more. 

➢ Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels are six times lighter than concrete. Requiring no set time and fewer laborers to install, CLT panels are a great building material for larger applications. 

Sustainable Impact of Wood Products
There are many questions about the environmental impacts of harvesting wood. APA recently hosted a webinar to clear up some misconceptions about using wood as a green building material.  Click here to access the webinar, Wood as a Sustainable Building Material. In the meantime, here are some quick facts about the sustainable qualities of building with wood. 

Wood products facts

➢ Forest management and replanting efforts have resulted in steadily increasing timber volume. 

➢ Industrial output per unit of wood input grew 40% over the last 50 years, meaning more wood fiber ends up as usable building materials. Click here to learn more about the efficient manufacturing process of engineered wood. 

➢ Engineered wood products are manufactured mostly with wood-based biomass fuels, reducing both the number of fossil fuels used and resources wasted in manufacturing. Click here to learn more. 

➢ A young tree’s vigorous growth increases oxygen production and CO2 absorption. The carbon is then stored in the wood when harvested. Click here to learn more benefits of using wood as a sustainable building material.

The U.S. wood products industry accounts for 60% of the nation’s bioenergy production and use. Discover more facts and learn how to #buildgreen with sustainable #plywood and #OSB panels at https://www.performancepanels.com/sustainability

➢ The U.S. wood products industry accounts for 60% of the nation’s bioenergy production and use. 

Discover more environmental benefits of engineered wood at www.apawood.org/green-building. 

WVCO Partner Spotlight on the European Panel (EPF) Federation

WVCO Partnership European Panel (EPF) Federation

The Willamette Valley Company has formed a number of valuable partnerships with multiple organizations that helped us lead the way in the Wood Products industry in the United States and across the world. This month, we are spotlighting one of the newer partnerships we have formed with the European Panel (EPF) Federation, the “voice of the EU wood-based panel industry”. EPF represents the European manufacturers of particleboard, MDF, OSB, hard and softboard, and plywood and represents members in 25 countries.

As demand for wood products increases globally, the EU wood panel industry is thriving; bringing in about 22 billion euro each year while creating more than 100,000 jobs for an estimated 5,000 businesses across Europe. In the ever-changing political and economic environment across Europe, there is a growing need for a collective voice to speak on behalf of members of the EU wood-based panel industry and European Panel (EPF) Federation provides just that. “Working with our members, we make the case for the industry as an integral part of the EU’s bio and circular economy, while championing high standards of wood-based panel manufacturers and their contribution to a greener, more sustainable economy,”​ states the organization.

Their mission is to advocate for all producers of particleboard, MDF, OSB, hardboard, softboard and plywood producers, suppliers and stakeholders for economic, technical and environmental issues towards European and international institutions. In addition, the organization provides detailed communications and data for its members as well as increase opportunities to showcase their members’ work.

Architects, builders, and designers all over Europe are embracing wood products for construction projects due to multiple economic and environmental benefits of using the material. Wooden structures are proving to be more durable and provides other benefits like fire resistance, superior acoustic insulation, better thermal insulation in addition to an overall pleasing aesthetic. For more on this, read Types of Wood-Based Panels and Their Economic Impact.

As WVCO is a multinational corporation, we are especially proud to partner with this outstanding organization that is taking steps to further the wood products industry throughout Europe. We are recognized the world over by industry associations and organizations, as well as other leading-edge companies who have found it beneficial to forge partnerships with us in order to better serve their customers and memberships. Those same partnerships have enabled us to better serve our customers by giving us access to the latest technologies, methodologies, and resources. Some of our other valued partnerships include:

American Plywood Association – APA

American Public Works Association – APWA

American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association – AREMA

American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association – ASLRRA

Canadian Plywood Producers – Canply

Engineered Wood Technology Association – EWTA

International Concrete Repair Institute – ICRI

NACE International

Polyurea Development Association – PDA

Polyurethane Manufacturers Association – PMA

Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association – REMSA

The Society for Protective Coatings – SSPC

Wood Moldings and Millwork Producers Association – WMMPA

WVCO to Exhibit our Latest Wood Products & Solutions to the World at LIGNA 2019

Meet With Key Members of the WVCO Wood Products Divisions at LIGNA 2019 ~ Hall 26, Stand D08/1 May 27-31, 2019

LIGNA 2019

The WVCO Wood Products team will join key wood and forestry industry leaders from around the globe later this month at LIGNA 2019 (May 27-31), the world’s leading trade show for tools and machinery for the wood processing industry. LIGNA 2019 has three focus themes: “Integrated Woodworking – Customized Solutions”, “Smart Surface Technology” and “Access to Resources and Technology” (also the keynote theme of the Wood Industry Summit).

More than 1,500 exhibitors from 50 countries around the globe will gather for the event at the Hannover Exhibition Center in Hannover, Germany to showcase state-of-the-art processing solutions, applications and concepts for the entire forestry & wood industry. Please come by Hall 26, Stand D08/1 to learn more about WVCO’s wood products solutions and to speak directly to company leaders including:

Mr. Tony Vuksich, Vice President Willamette Valley Co., Tapel Willamette  (Eugene, OR)
Mr. Dave Guerena, WVCO International Sales Manager & General Manager of Willamette Valley B.V. (Venray, Limburg Province, Netherlands)
Mr. Slobodan Bradic, EU Sales Manager (Arnhem, Gelderland Province, Netherlands)
Mr. Robert Pitts, Business Manager-Engineered Wood Products (Eugene, OR)
Mr. Martin Holland-Bak, Product Development Engineer (Eugene, OR)

WVCO Vice President, Tony Vuksich, discusses custom wood products solutions with conference attendees.

WVCO Vice President, Tony Vuksich, discusses custom wood products solutions with conference attendees.

Tony Vuksich and the Willamette Valley Company Team at the EWTA Info Fair

Tony Vuksich and the Willamette Valley Company Team at the EWTA Info Fair

Our LIGNA team will be ready to feature wood product solutions like Polyurethane, Epoxy, and Water-based Putty products along with Metering & Dispensing Equipment, Adhesive Fillers & Extenders, Custom designed Inks, Specialty Sealers and Coatings, and more.

“The presence of all the world’s leading technology providers will make Hannover the global hotspot for the wood-based industries during those five days. No other fair compares in terms of international appeal”, says Dr. Andreas Gruchow, Managing Board member at Deutsche Messe. “Once again in 2019, LIGNA will serve as the industry’s showcase of choice for unveiling their innovations, with a great many exhibitors even timing their development cycles to coincide with the show’s staging every two years.”

To learn more about LIGNA 2019, please visit www.ligna.de/home.

WVCO Listed Among Leading Manufacturers Analysis in Global Wood Fillers Market 2017

The Willamette Valley Company has been listed among the leading manufacturers in the Wood Fillers industry in the Global Wood Fillers Market 2017 report.  Worldwide Wood Fillers Market 2017 presents a widespread and fundamental study of Wood Fillers industry along with a competitive landscape view of the industry. The report also includes development plans and policies along with manufacturing processes. The major regions involved in Wood Fillers Market are the United States, EU, China, and Japan.

The report also provides an analytical view of the industry by studying different factors like Wood Fillers market growth, consumption volume, market trends and Wood Fillers industry cost structures during the forecast period from 2017 to 2022.

Some of the key highlights of the Wood Fillers Market include

(✓) A Clear understanding of the Wood Fillers market based on growth, constraints, opportunities, feasibility study.
(✓) Concise Wood Fillers Market study based on major geographical regions.
(✓) Analysis of evolving market segments as well as a complete study of existing Wood Fillers market segments.
(✓) Discover More About Report Here: http://qyresearch.us/report/global-wood-fillers-market-2017/62675/

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Introducing Wil-Spray 500, Named “Innovation of the Year” by APA Members

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Though our beginnings are rooted in the wood products industry, our expertise and solutions encompass so much more. Our focus has always been on solving problems — devising groundbreaking ways to help our customers do things better, faster, easier, more efficiently, and for less money. In the process, we’ve become a leading innovator, with numerous breakthroughs in products and service over the years that have literally transformed the way industries work, achieve profitability and serve their customers.

Wil-Spray 500, our new product recently named “Innovation of the Year” by APA members during the Annual Meeting and EWTA Info Fair, exemplifies WVCA’s commitment to bring innovative solutions to the industries we serve.

Wil-Spray 500 came to fruition after we received input from our customers indicating a need for an environmentally sound adhesive that would help increase production and efficiency while lowering costs. With this in mind, our team of engineers and scientists developed a multipurpose, latex-based, spray-applied adhesive without toxic smells, fumes or unhealthy side effects when used with appropriate safe handling and personal protection measures.

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Wil-Spray 500 is a water based, odorless spray adhesive eliminating the need for staples/hot melt to affix overlays to veneer in the matching process. It works great for surface area applications and adhering/mounting lightweight materials. A superior bond between the overlay and veneer is achieved with a larger bond area reducing overlay damage during layup process. Wil-Spray 500 is currently used on manual matching stations for overlays.

Customers have quantified increased production (2-8 times more production per shift), reduced fall down, and reduced product cost associated with this product. This product has enabled automation for this process through the use of spray guns and automatic spray systems.

Additional benefits include:
– Eliminating strenuous and repetitive actions (manual staplers)
– Superior bonding strength with greater bond area
– No bleed through or negative effect on bond line
– Increased production through improved efficiency through application of product
– Reduced fall down associated with overlay damage during layup process
– Reduced labor cost through automating process

This latest accolade means a great deal because it is based on the quality and delivery of products, equipment and/or services, as determined by a vote of APA members.

Willamette Valley Company Releases New Wood Product Solutions Demonstration Video!

We can always tell you about our innovative wood products solutions, including patches, fillers, extenders, coatings, inks, abrasives, tapes, and a wide variety of outstanding application equipment and parts. But why not show you?

We understand that time is valuable, so thanks to the power of social media and web video, it is easier and faster than ever to demonstrate Willamette Valley Company products.

Our newest video demonstrates some of our core chemical, equipment and service solutions for the wood products industry in just five minutes. Let us know what you think!

WVCO is a globally recognized leader for defect repair systems for all grades, species and types of wood based panels.  We are the largest and most diverse producer of putty products, complete with brands such as FAMOWOOD and WOOD-TEX to serve furniture, cabinet, window, sash and door, and marine industries.