It’s a lumber industry first!
As Norway Spruce makes its way into the lumber channels in New York state, Maine, across New England, and all the way out to Wisconsin, we’re witnessing a lumber industry first: Since the initial process for assigning design values by way of lumber testing began in the 1920s, Norway Spruce is the first U.S.-grown, fully tested softwood species to be tested for strength values. This momentous occasion follows a very exciting year at NELMA, as we’ve shepherded the species through the testing and approval processes.
And now, it’s all yours.
Norway Spruce has been approved for use in home construction areas such as wall studs, floor and ceiling joists, and industrial applications. While you won’t be able to tell Norway Spruce apart from traditional spruce once it is cut, rest assured you’re choosing the most renewable, strong, and durable building product on the market.
Media Information: National Media
Media Information: Building & Design Trade Media
Media Information: Great Lakes
Media Information: New England
The Birth of a Species: Norway Spruce (video)
The Harvard Forest Study – 1936 Norway Spruce Lumber Testing Information
University of Maine Advanced Structures & Composite Center
NELMA Member Mills Impact? For information on how member lumber mills are handling the addition of Norway Spruce to their production, please contact Kim Drew. We ask respectfully that you not contact our mills directly. Photo Gallery
- Norway Spruce Trees and Forest
- Logs Used in Manufacturing Lumber for Testing
- Norway Spruce Logs – End Views
- Lumber Used in the Testing Process
- Norway Spruce Graphics
Please credit all photos used to www.nelma.org/norwayspruce unless otherwise indicated.