[Originally posted at JetsonGreen. I really like the attitude of appropriate regionalism this shows; using the available resource. And Preston found a better image (included here) than what I was able to get for the article.]
Colorado has millions of acres of pines throughout its forests that have been killed by an infestation of beetles. New Town Builders, a residential homebuilder in Denver, Colorado, has begun using salvaged wood from these trees for the structural framing of homes it is constructing. The company was approached about building a single demonstration home using wood from lodgepole pine trees which had been killed by themountain pine beetle. New Town found that the wood was discolored but structurally sound and has now begun using the “blue wood” for all of their framing.
[Read the whole article at JetsonGreen.]