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 SEATTLE, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by Trus Joist MacMillan:
 Most architects and builders go to great lengths to make certain the homes they design and build are high-quality, value-added structures. Now more and more of them are specifying and using building materials that ensure the quality of the world's environment is maintained.
 This growing category of "green" building components and techniques took center stage today at Building With Value '93, a resource-efficient construction conference and trade show. Organized by the Portland, Ore.- based Sustainable Building Collaborative, the event featured products that minimize the environmental impact of residential construction without compromising the structural integrity of America's homes.
 In some cases, these materials actually enhance it, according to one conference participant, Trus Joist MacMillan. The company is the world's leading manufacturer of engineered lumber, a high-quality alternative to the framing lumber traditionally obtained from old-growth trees.
 "Engineered lumber not only builds a better home, it builds a greener home," said Tom Denig, president and chief executive officer of Trus Joist MacMillan. "It's substantially stronger than ordinary lumber and can span greater distances and carry heavier loads. And unlike regular lumber, it won't change shape before or after it's installed because most of the moisture is removed during the manufacturing process."
 Trus Joist MacMillan's manufacturing technologies permanently bond strands of wood or veneer cut primarily from small-diameter, second- and third-growth trees via heat, adhesives and pressure to produce structurally superior, large-dimension lumber. The Boise, Idaho-based company also uses abundant, fast-growing species such as aspen and poplar to relieve the pressure on America's embattled Douglas fir and southern pine forests.
 Denig said his company, which recently announced a $200 million capital expansion to meet increasing demand for its products, also converts more of a log into structural lumber than traditional sawmilling. "The processes used to manufacture ordinary lumber typically convert just 40 percent of a log to structural lumber," he said. "Our engineered lumber technologies exceed that by anywhere from 30 percent to 90 percent."
 He also said that unlike such alternative materials as plastic and steel framing, engineered lumber products are made from a renewable resource and their manufacture consumes far less energy. In addition, engineered lumber is easily adapted to customary framing methods.
 Denig's firm recently produced a brochure detailing the environmental benefits of their engineered lumber products. To obtain a free copy, telephone the company toll-free at 800-628-3997.
 Trus Joist MacMillan is a joint venture owned 51 percent by Boise-based managing partner TJ International and 49 percent by MacMillan Bloedel of Vancouver, British Columbia. The company employs 2,100 people and commands almost two-thirds of the engineered lumber market. Annual sales are approximately $400 million.
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 /CONTACT: Dede Ryan of Trus Joist MacMillan, 208-375-4450 (work), or 208-344-3319 (after hours); or Rich Binasacca of Oliver Russell and Associates, 208-344-1734 (work), or 208-389-2097 (after hours), for Trus Joist MacMillan/

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