Washington DC — The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) praises the reintroduction on Tuesday, March 7, of the Timber Innovation Act in the House of Representatives and Senate.
The bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House by Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA) along with 12 additional cosponsors, and in the Senate by Sens. Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and 11 additional cosponsors, signaling strong support for the bill.
The Timber Innovation Act seeks to increase the use of wood in construction in the following ways:
• Authorize the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Tall Wood Building Prize Competition annually over the next five years;
• Create federal grants to support outreach, research and development, and education with the purpose of accelerating the use of wood in tall buildings;
• Establish a performance driven research and development program for advancing tall wood building construction in the United States; and,
• Authorize USDA to work with states in implementing a program of education and technical assistance for mass timber applications.
“NLBMDA is thrilled to see strong bipartisan support in Congress to advance the construction of tall wood buildings,” said NLBMDA President and CEO Jonathan Paine. “The legislation recognizes the technological advances in wood building products that make it a preferred construction material.”
Increased awareness of the environmental benefits and sustainability of wood, combined with its safety and structural performance, have made it a more attractive option in the construction of low and mid-rise buildings. Wood has a lower carbon footprint than other commonly used building materials, and has proven to be a good building material for fire protection, earthquake safety, and high-wind resistance.