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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Who knew: Bipartisan support still exists in Washington with the Timber Innovation Act

By Lloyd Alter
March 9, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

These days one doesn’t see Republicans and Democrats agreeing on much, but apparently they do agree on one thing: research and development into the use of wood for construction. They even agree on spending money; among other things, the just reintroduced Timber Innovation Act would: Establish a performance driven research and development program for advancing tall wood building construction in the United States; Authorize the Tall Wood Building Prize Competition through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) annually for the next five years; Create federal grants to support state, local, university and private sector education, outreach, research and development, including education and assistance for architects and builders, that will accelerate the use of wood in tall buildings; Authorize technical assistance from USDA, in cooperation with state foresters and state extension directors (or equivalent state officials), to implement a program of education and technical assistance for mass timber applications; and Incentivize the retrofitting of existing facilities located in areas with high unemployment rates, to spur job creation in rural areas.

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