Fred Kamke, Co-Director of the Green Building Materials Laboratory (GBML)

Fred Kamke, Co-Director of the Green Building Materials Laboratory (GBML)

Fred Kamke is the Co-Director of the Green Building Materials Laboratory (GBML), and holds an endowed professorship as the JELD-WEN Professor of Wood-Based Composite Science in the Department of Wood Science and Engineering at Oregon State University. The GBML is a partnership between the College of Engineering and College of Forestry. The 5,000 sq.ft. GBML was established in 2010 with a grant from the Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technology Center (Oregon BEST). The laboratory is located in the former Oregon Forest Research Laboratory building on the corner of Western Avenue and 30th Street. Equipment housed in this Oregon BEST Signature Laboratory allows OSU researchers to characterize, develop and test high performance sustainable materials for a wide variety of applications including buildings and transportation infrastructure. It also enables OSU to continue to recruit top faculty, researchers and students to the OSU campus.
 
Renewable materials research at the GBML has included the development of new composite products from wood, such as structural laminated composites from modified wood veneer. Viscoelastic thermal compression (VTC) is a patented technology developed at OSU that uses heat, steam, and mechanical compression to increase the strength, stiffness and hardness. Related research is pursuing technology to improve resistance to water, decay fungi, and termites. In addition, the GBML conducts research of durability of renewable building products and green building practices.