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Peggi Clouston | David T. Damery | Paul Fisette | Simi Hoque | Alexander Schreyer


Peggi Clouston

Clouston, P.; Lam, F.; Barrett, J.D. 1998. – Incorporating Size Effects in the Tsai-Wu Strength Theory for Douglas-fir Laminated Veneer (PDF). Wood Science and Technology, 32, pp. 215-226

Peggi Clouston and David T. Damery (Department of Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts), James S. Peters Decade of Innovation in Particleboard and Composite Materials, A: a content analysis of Washington State University’s International Particleboard/Composite Materials Symposium Proceedings (PDF).
The authors investigated the typology and characteristics of recent technology innovation in particleboard and composite materials. Conducting a cluster analysis of data derived from a content analysis of the International Particleboard/Composite Materials Symposium Proceedings, they identified four major clusters of like-type technology innovations – manufacturing, high technology, materials processing, and new products. Equipment makers dominated innovation in all four clusters, and “improved product quality” was the predominant source of economic benefits.

Clouston, P.; Lam, F. 2001. Computational Modeling of Strand-based Wood Composites (PDF). ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 127(8), 844-851

Clouston, P.; Lam, F. 2002. – A Stochastic Plasticity Approach to Strength Modeling of Strand-based Wood Composites (PDF). Composites Science and Technology, 62 (2002), pp. 1381-1395

Clouston, P.; Lam, F.; Barrett, J.D. 1998. – Interaction Term of Tsai-Wu Theory for Laminated Veneer (PDF). ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 10(2), pp. 112-116

Burnett, David T., Peggi Clouston, David T. Damery, Paul Fisette. 2003. Structural Properties of Pegged Timber Connections as Affected by end Distance. Forest Products Journal 53(2) 50-57

 


Dave Damery

Damery, David T. and P. Geoffrey Allen – An Economic Valuation of Recreational Shellfishing on Cape Cod (PDF). University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. November 2004.

David Holm, Daniel Lass, Richard Rogers and David Damery - Agriculture’s Hold on the Commonwealth (PDF). “Farming and forestry one industry, two sectors.”

David Timmons, Geoff Allen, and David Damery – Biomass Energy Crops:  Massachusetts’ Potential (PDF).
In Massachusetts, biomass energy has typically meant wood chips derived from the region’s extensive forest cover. Yet nationally, biomass energy from dedicated energy crops and from crop residues is thought to have significantly more potential than forest biomass energy (Perlack, Wright et al. 2005). One key feature of biomass energy crops is that they can have much higher energy yields per hectare than are available from the forest. Thus a relatively small amount of agricultural land might be used to produce a disproportionate amount of the Commonwealth’s biomass energy.

David Holm, Daniel Lass, Richard Rogers and David Damery - Case Studies of Farm and Forestry Community-based Programs (PDF).
The story of two innovative and successful community-based ventures in agriculture and forestry.

Jeffrey Benjamin, Robert Lillieholm and David DameryChallenges & Opportunities for the Northeastern Forest Bioindustry (PDF)
The seven states of the Northeastern U.S. (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont) have abundant forest resources and an established forest sector. The emerging bioindustry offers great opportunities in using these resources to offset energy needs, but realizing this potential will take a coordinated effort by both the public and private sectors. This paper examines the opportunities and challenges the Northeastern U.S. faces in using forest biomass as a feedstock for the emerging forest based bioindustry.

David T. Damery - Cost of Quahog Seeding on Cape Cod (PDF).
Cape Cod municipal shellfish programs were surveyed over the summer of 2000 to assess the different methods used to purchase seed, grow-out, and deliver viable quahogs to their managed shellfish beds. A survey of town shellfish officers was conducted along with site visits and interviews.
Appendices
Appendix 2 – Survey Results Spreadsheet

David Damery - Creating Your Web Site: Keys to Success.
Retail lumber dealers are increasingly turning to the Web to enhance sales. Helpful tips for website use and design are presented.

David T. Damery, and Peggi Clouston (Department of Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts), James S. Peters – Decade of Innovation in Particleboard and Composite Materials, A: a content analysis of Washington State University’s International Particleboard/Composite Materials Symposium Proceedings (PDF).
The authors investigated the typology and characteristics of recent technology innovation in particleboard and composite materials. Conducting a cluster analysis of data derived from a content analysis of the International Particleboard/Composite Materials Symposium Proceedings, they identified four major clusters of like-type technology innovations – manufacturing, high technology, materials processing, and new products. Equipment makers dominated innovation in all four clusters, and “improved product quality” was the predominant source of economic benefits.

David T. Damery and Paul Fisette - Decision making in the Purchase of Siding: A Survey of Architects, Contractors and Homeowners in the U.S. Northeast (PDF).
This study revealed that several issues control the selection and purchase of specific materials and products. Responses in this study defined existing market shares of wood and non-wood products in the Northeast region. Original publication, Forest Products Journal V.51 (7/8) p.29-36

David T. Damery - Developing a Paperless Classroom. Developing a Paperless Classroom: Fundraising Through Instruction A Case Study.

D. Damery, J. Benjamin, M. Kelty, and R. J. Lilieholm – Developing a Sustainable Forest Biomass Industry: Case of the US Northeast (PDF).
Heightened interest in renewable energy has produced a spate of new research into the feasibility of forest biomass as a feedstock. The US Northeast is one of the few regions worldwide that supports both a large forest resource and a relatively high population density and hence energy demand. This paper outlines economic, ecological, and social considerations that must be addressed in order to achieve a sustainable forest biomass industry.  (Accepted for publication Proceedings ECOSUD 2009 Seventh International Conference on Ecosystems and Sustainable Development, 8 – 10 July 2009, Chianciano Terme, Italy)

Paul Catanzaro, David T. Damery, Anthony D’Amato and Christina FerrareEconomic Viability of Ownerships in the Deerfield River Watershed (PDF).
The mostly forested landscapes of Massachusetts are owned primarily by tens of thousands of family forest owners. Every day, landowners make decisions about the future of their land. Often times these decisions arise suddenly and are made without the benefit of knowing their full suite of options.We developed a net present value (NPV) analysis over a 30-year period for ownerships of 15, 30, 60, and 150 acres for the Deerfield River Watershed for four forest conservation tools: timber management, timber management plus current use, timber management plus current use plus the sale of a conservation restriction, and the sale of a conservation restriction only.

David Timmons, David Damery, Geoff Allen, and Lisa PetragliaEnergy from Forest Biomass:  Potential Economic Impacts in Massachusetts (PDF).
The regional economic impact analysis is one task of the Massachusetts Sustainable Forest Bioenergy Initiative, a multifaceted study of biomass energy potential in Massachusetts. The economic impact study looks specifically at impacts in the 5 western counties of the Commonwealth, where biomass energy development would likely occur.

David T. DameryEngineered Wood Products ­ – Building the Future (PDF).
The Eastern Canadian and US Northeast Sections held a joint meeting in June with a wide range of speakers presenting on the topic of engineered wood. Fredericton, New Brunswick, a small city and university town on the banks of the Saint John River played host to 38 conference attendees.  The meeting consisted of a full day of technical sessions followed by a day of plant tours including the Norbord I-joist Plant and the J.D. Irving Nursery, both in Juniper, NB, and the Grand Lake Timber Mill in Chipman. (Originally published in Forest Prod. J.,56(7/8): 14-15 2006)

Marla Markowski-Lindsay, Thomas Stevens, David B. Kittredge, Brett J. Butler, Paul Catanzaro, David Damery, Family forest owner preferences for biomass harvesting in Massachusetts,  Forest Policy and Economics 14 (2012) 127-135 U.S. forests, including family-owned forests, are a potential source of biomass for renewable energy. Family forest owners constitute a significant portion of the overall forestland in the U.S., yet little is known about family forest owners’ preferences for supplying wood-based biomass. The goal of this study is to understand how Massachusetts family forest owners feel about harvesting residual woody biomass from their property.

David T. Damery, Lava Yadav, and Yuxi Zhao - Finding and removing barriers to sustainable harvest and primary processing of Massachusetts native woods (PDF).
This project has specifically assembled and surveyed, in both focus group and written forms, relevant stakeholders in the Massachusetts’ forest products industry production and distribution chain. These groups include: forest landowners, foresters, loggers, sawmills, and wholesalers. Barriers to increased levels of harvest, production and sales of Massachusetts’ underutilized species have been identified. Gap analyses, comparing responses of adjacent members of the production and distribution chain, has been performed to highlight and quantify mis-perceptions regarding hurdles to increased production and sales.

David Damery, David Holm, Daniel Lass, and Richard Rogers - Food Marketing and Lumber Processing in Massachusetts, 1958 to 1997 (PDF).
“This paper examines the food and lumber processing industries in Massachusetts over the last four decades.”

Marla Markowski-Lindsay, Paul Catanzaro, David Damery, David B. Kitteredge, Brett J. Butler, Thomas Stevens, Journal of Environmental Management 106 (2012) 1-7, Forest-based biomass supply in Massachusetts:  How much is there and how much is available (PDF)  Forest owners in Massachusetts (U.S.) live in a densely populated state and near forestland that is under pressure of development and characterized by small parcel size. Forest-based biomass harvesting in Massachusetts is a renewable energy topic generating a great deal of discussion among all constituents. To provide perspective on these discussions, our analysis asks how much forested land in Massachusetts could be available for biomass supply. This analysis considers the level of bioenergy production that could be maintained on an annual basis given the amount of woody biomass that is likely to be supplied from private- and state-owned Massachusetts forests, which comprises nearly 90% of the state’s forests.

David Damery & Susan Campbell - From Trees to Flooring (PDF).
This paper describes the results of a value added production project of the Massachusetts Woodlands Cooperative, LLC. The process of converting standing timber into kiln dried lumber and flooring is detailed. Steps in the value added production chain are described including: management plan objectives, cutting plan, logging, sawmilling, drying and moulding of flooring. Volume estimates, quality, grade, process yields and costs are presented. Production and quality issues and the economic feasibility of extending this model are discussed. Other landowner groups considering value added processing as a way to increase economic returns will benefit from the data presented.

Paul Fisette and David DameryGetting Contractor Discounts.
Understanding dealer margins and market opportunities will help you negotiate the lowest material prices.

David T. Damery – Housing Within Reach: Innovations in Affordable Housing (PDF).
The FPS-NE Section and the University of Massachusetts Architecture + Design Program hosted a two-day conference focusing on the topic of affordable housing this past February.  The conference brought together national figures in the design and development of affordable housing, developers, planners and other experts in the field.  They examined a range of issues including:  design innovations, zoning , new materials,  and technologies that shape the construction of affordable housing.   Over 180 individuals participated in the conference including students, academics, architects, builders, engineers, and zoning officials. (Originally published in Forest Prod. J., 56(6): 9-10 2006)

David Damery – Landowner Driven Sustainable Forest Management and Value-Added Processing: A Case Study in Massachusetts, USA – 2005.
The Massachusetts Woodlands Cooperative, LLC (MWC) is working to help members conduct sustainable forestry of the highest standards while increasing financial returns from harvest activities. The forests of Massachusetts, the third most densely populated state in the United States, are threatened. Decades of high grading and the threat of forest conversion to alternative use present challenges for maintaining a forested landscape. Despite being 60% forested Massachusetts imports approximately 98% of the wood fiber that its citizens consume.

David T. Damery & Gordon Boyce – Massachusetts Directory of Sawmills & Dry Kilns – 2003 (PDF)
“This directory contains listings for sawmills, portable bandmills and dry kilns located in Massachusetts.”

David T. Damery, Curt Bellemer & Gordon Boyce – Massachusetts Directory of Sawmills & Dry Kilns – 2006 (PDF).
“This directory contains listings for sawmills, portable bandmills and dry kilns located in Massachusetts.”

David Damery, Paul K. Barten, Paul Catanzaro, Jennifer Fish, Susan Campbell, Adrian Fabos and Lincoln Fish - Massachusetts Family Forests: Birth of a Landowner Cooperative (PDF). Published in the Journal of Forestry (vol. 99, no. 3) by the Society of American Foresters, 5400 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814-2198; www.safnet.org. Not for further publication.

David Damery - OSB Prices and Industry Consolidation – 2002

Burnett, David T., Peggi Clouston, David T. Damery, Paul Fisette. 2003. Structural Properties of Pegged Timber Connections as Affected by End Distance. Forest Products Journal 53(2) 50-57

David T. Damery - The Market for Decking in the U.S. Northeast: A Survey of Architects, Contractors and Homeowners (PDF).
Decking performance ranked highest among factors controlling the deck purchase decision.

David T. Damery, Jay Healy, Susan Campbell, Arthur Eve – The Massachusetts Woodlands Cooperative: Poised for Expansion (PDF).
The forest of northern hardwoods, white pine and hemlock that blankets much of the western Massachusetts landscape is in reality a patchwork quilt of non-industrial family plots–about 220,000 of them in all, ranging in size from several dozen to several hundred acres. In 1999, a group of forest landowners recognized that a cooperative structure would enable them to strengthen their bargaining power, pool their resources, add value to their forest products, enrich the local economy, and maintain the region’s rural quality of life.

David Damery and Jeff Benjamin – The Northeast Forest Bio-products Puzzle (PDF).
Forest products industry, landowners, universities, equipment manufacturers and governments share an interest in the emerging bio-products market.  New and advanced uses of wood from the forests of the Northeast United States were discussed both formally and informally October 18-19, 2007 in Bangor,Maine.  (Originally published in Forest Prod. J. 57(11): 14-15, 2007)

David T. Damery and Brian C. P. Kane – Urban Wood Waste: Maximizing Log Value for the Sawmill Market (PDF).
How arborists view the issue of “waste wood” is changing. The number of landfills has been steadily shrinking, while tipping fees at the remaining facilities are rising continually. Disposing of waste wood was once merely a time and labor factor, but now carries with it considerably more expense. Many arborists have adjusted to the higher cost of handling waste wood by looking for value-added markets for this material. Market, technology, and government factors outside the tree care industry are contributing to make it easier for arborists to find these markets, if the arborist knows how to handle the wood and what to look for. (Originally published in Arborist News, 14(3): 44-46)

David Damery - Using E-Commerce in the Forest Products Industry.
The forest products industry is rapidly adopting e-commerce solutions as it advances in the information age. In this chapter, the unique e-commerce needs of this sector’s small businesses are discussed

David Damery & Arthur Eve - Whose Woods are These?
Two years ago, a group of small forest landowners became convinced that the “problem” of many small, privately-owned parcels was in fact an opportunity, for them and for the region. Just as produce growers form agricultural cooperatives to strengthen their bargaining power, pool their resources, and add value to their products, so could forest growers use the co-op structure to help themselves and the local economy. Published in the Cooperative Life, Summer, 2001, pp.8-9

David T. Damery, Peggi Clouston, and Paul R. FisetteWood science education in a changing world: A case study of the UMASS-Amherst building materials & wood technology program, 1965-2005 (PDF).
This paper discusses the historical and current day need for education in the area of building materials and wood technology as it relates to the economy of Massachusetts. A case study of the Building Materials and Wood Technology (BMATWT) – now Building and Construction Technology (BCT) -  Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst is provided. The history of the program and economic and other forces affecting curriculum change are presented.


Paul Fisette

Paul Fisette – Alternatives to Solid Wood Exterior Trim.
There are other choices for exterior trim besides solid wood, but understanding how different materials perform and knowing their limitations is the key to satisfaction.

Paul Fisette - Bracing Foam-Sheathed Walls.
If you’re building a foam-sheathed home: metal strap braces and 1″ x 4″ let-in braces won’t provide racking resistance equal to structural sheathing.

Paul Fisette - Calculating Loads on Headers and Beams.
Understanding how loads are transferred through a structure and act on structural members is the first step to sizing headers and beams.

Paul Fisette – Cellulose Insulation – A Smart Choice.
Cellulose insulation is a smart alternative to fiberglass. It provides a green, efficient, non-toxic, affordable thermal solution that’s worth considering.

Paul Fisette - Choosing Between Oriented Strandboard and Plywood.
Manufacturers of oriented strandboard and plywood claim both products work well. But using panels made of wood chips makes some builders nervous. Like it or not, osb will define the future of the structural sheathing market.

Paul Fisette - Common Failures in Wood Structures.
Call-backs cost money and challenge a builder’s reputation. Prevention is always the most cost-effective cure.

Paul Fisette - Controlling Termites and Carpenter Ants.
If you live in the United States, you live under the constant threat of costly termite or carpenter ant infestation. The annual price tag associated with their destruction is conservatively estimated at $1.5 billion.

Paul Fisette & Daniel Pepin - Creating a Soundproof Office.
A thoughtful, low-cost workshop conversion provides staff in an abutting office with a quiet work environment. Published in the Journal of Light Construction, April 2002.

David T. Damery and Paul Fisette - Decision making in the Purchase of Siding: A Survey of Architects, Contractors and Homeowners in the U.S. Northeast (PDF).
This study revealed that several issues control the selection and purchase of specific materials and products. Responses in this study defined existing market shares of wood and non-wood products in the Northeast region. Original publication, Forest Products Journal V.51 (7/8) p.29-36

Paul Fisette - Decoding Building Codes
Common sense and open lines of communication unravel the tangle of regulations that restrain many construction projects.

Paul Fisette - Details that Keep Walls Watertight
Careful detailing of house wrap and flashing connections will reduce maintenance and lengthen the working life of structural components in wood-frame structures.

Paul Fisette - Do You Lay Decking Bark-Side Up or Bark-Side Down?
A short answer to an often asked question

Paul Fisette – Evaluating OSB for Coastal Roofs
After Hurricane Andrew, Florida code advisers ruled OSB sheathing inferior to plywood. Was the judgment too hasty? Evidence suggests that OSB performs well when fastened properly, but the jury is still out on impact resistance.

Paul Fisette and David DameryGetting Contractor Discounts
Understanding dealer margins and market opportunities will help you negotiate the lowest market price

Paul Fisette - Housewraps, Felt Paper and Weather Penetration Barriers
Siding isn’t weather-proof. A second line of defense is a critical component in smart weather-protecting wall designs.

Paul Fisette – Insulating On the Outside
Wrapping a home with insulating sheathing saves energy and can be cost effective, but the design must consider a host of structural concerns including moisture, shear loads, insects and fire.

Paul Fisette - Leaky Housewraps
Results from the most recent Building Materials Laboratory study show some housewraps may do little to block rain intrusion.

Paul Fisette - Life and Death of a Building Lot Subject to Perc
Soil experts think many percolation tests prevent contractors from building on suitable lots. Perhaps it’s time to look closer at our soils.

Paul Fisette and Dennis Ryan - Preserving Trees During Construction
Saving trees makes sense. It improves profit margins, builder reputation and sales. Careful planning, solid communication and a basic understanding of what keeps trees growing will make customers happy for a lifetime.

Paul Fisette - Preventing Ice Dams
Proper insulation and roof ventilation can stop ice dams from forming, prevent damage, and lower energy bills.

Paul Fisette - Reroofing and Residing to Save Energy
When it’s time to replace worn siding and roof coverings, you can recognize this as an opportunity to upgrade your home’s energy performance. Here are several options that can help you meet your goals for some roofs and wood siding rehabs.

Paul FisetteThe Residential Building Code – Test Your Understanding of Some Common Issues, The
In this article you’ll find an assortment of common code issues confronting residential builders. Do you know what call to make? Test yourself and see how well you know the code. We’ll use the International Residential Code as our answer guide.

Paul Fisette - Safe Scaffolds
Thousands of builders are injured every year as a result of scaffold failures. Typical failures prove that safety is an active choice.

Paul Fisette - Sizing Engineered Beams and Headers
Once the loads acting on structural beams are calculated, the next step is to size and select the appropriate beam.

Burnett, David T., Peggi Clouston, David T. Damery, Paul Fisette. 2003. Structural Properties of Pegged Timber Connections as Affected by End Distance. Forest Products Journal 53(2) 50-57

Paul Fisette - The Evolution of Engineered Wood I-Joists
For years engineered I-joists have been pricey framing options in high-end custom homes. Expanded product lines and competitive market forces now provide builders with high performance at entry-level cost.

Paul Fisette - Understanding Loads and Using Span Tables
Using span tables to size joists and rafters is a straight-forward process when you understand the structural principles that govern their use.

Paul Fisette - Windows: Understanding Energy Efficient Performance
An update on how today’s high-tech windows work and what to look for when you make your next purchase.

Paul Fisette - Wood Myths: Facts and Fictions About Wood
Setting the record straight on common misbeliefs about the material we use everyday.

Paul Fisette - Wood Underlayment for Resilient Flooring
Proper selection and installation of underlayment materials paves the way for durable and attractive vinyl.

Paul Fisette - Wooden Grade Beams
A low-cost alternative to poured concrete foundation walls.


Simi Hoque

LEED Certifi-able vs. LEED Certified
A critique of the amendment to Boston’s Zoning Code requiring buildings over 50,000 square feet to be designed to meet LEED “certified” standards.

Other publications can be found in my CV.


Alexander Schreyer

Alex publishes frequently about CAD, timber engineering and technology on his personal blog: alexschreyer.net

Peer-reviewed publications will appear here soon…

Last updated: May 4, 2012