Date: November 22, 2016

News - What If 10-Story Buildings Were Made of Wood?

tall wood building construction

A very scary thought particularly if you are living or working in said building or if you are a firefighter. 

The Timber Innovation Act (TIA) provides federal funding and promotion of wood as a tall building material, defined as over 10 stories. The bill H.R. 5628 and S. 2892 were introduced into Congress and authorizes the U.S. Department of Agriculture to (USDA) place ‘mass timber’ as the material of choice for tall building structures. 

The Timber Innovation Act authorizes the USDA to:

  • Provide federal funding to place cross-laminated timber (CLT’s) as the materials of choice in tall building market.
  • Fund a Tall Wood Building Prize Competition at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Fund grants to state, local and private sectors for education, R&D, promotion and marketing.
  • Fund technical assistance programs to architects and building designers for mass timber applications in tall building structures 85 ft. and above.

Congress should be promoting fair competition in the marketplace, not promoting a particular type of construction while funding is coming from a self-benefitting party.  Learn all the facts and if you agree, tell Congress to oppose the Timber Innovation Act by clicking here.

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