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EPA Grant Number: SU835495
Title: Green Oak as a Sustainable Building Material

University of Tennessee Knoxville’s green building team is exploring ways to use green oak or “heart centers,” the low quality part of hardwood logs, in U.S. building construction. The Appalachian region’s forests produce renewable and sustainably harvested hardwood for a robust industry of high quality wood products such as flooring, trim, and cabinetry. Through their research, the team hopes to find more high value uses for a potentially desirable resource.

Challenge Area(s): Built Environment

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