We will be using this unique Oregon produced wood product on our next project. The wood is pine. It is being harvested in eastern Oregon from trees that have been killed by an invasive beetle. Just a few years ago this sort of timber would have been considered waste and may have been burnt just to dispose of. Currently it is abundant and is being harvested. It is keeping mills in eastern Oregon in operation. It is a cool looking soft wood that that has a varied colors blue, green, and yellow through out the grain structure. An Oregon wood product we feel great about using.
This year the CCB is requiring contractors to have 16 hours of continuing education in building practices, building code changes and other issues. We are current with these changing contractor requirements. Some contractors are grumbling about the cost and time required to meet these new regulations. We have seen it as chance to learn more about building.
Some code changes just make good sense; for example bathrooms over 50 sq ft need ventilation fans, and all kitchen ranges need to have stove top fans. These are good code changes that will help to improve indoor air quality.