The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has launched its new website (www.americanhardwood.org) featuring interactive tools designed to help architects and designers when specifying American hardwoods.
The website’s new look has been developed in line with feedback from users and structured to include a new interactive map of the United States’ hardwood forests, an updated guide to American hardwood species (including new photography), a refreshed guide to grading sawn hardwood lumber (updated in collaboration with the National Hardwood Lumber Association), and an easy to use image, video and report library.
The new interactive forest map shows the distribution, growth and removal of American hardwood species from the whole of the United States down to individual counties. In addition, information on the sustainability and legality of American hardwoods, including research papers and comment from industry experts, can also be accessed on the website.
“This new platform houses redeveloped tools to increase understanding and use of American hardwoods and will form a central hub for AHEC’s creative projects, our research and reports into legality and sustainability and thought-provoking and informative blogs contributed by industry experts and trusted technical advisors,” explains Roderick Wiles, AHEC Director for Africa, Middle East, South Asia and Oceania.
Users can also discover the latest examples of American hardwood use from large-scale architectural structures to furniture and joinery. The case studies feature shows the structural potential of American hardwoods from projects across the world.