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Take Action - Ask Your Lawmakers to Support and Pass the Timber Innovation Act (H.R. 1380, S. 538)
NLBMDA urges its members to take action by contacting their Representative and Senators and asking them to support and pass the Timber Innovation Act (H.R. 1380, S. 538.). The legislation advances construction of tall wood buildings to help reduce its costs and increase its economic benefits.

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 wooden tall buildings;
  • Authorize USDA to work with states in implementing a program of education and technical assistance for mass timber applications.
  • Establish a performance driven research and development program for advancing tall wood building construction in the United States
Advances in technology, safety, and engineering, combined with the use of new timber products such as cross-laminated lumber, have made wood a more attractive option for construction of new buildings between seven and 14 stories tall. The flexibility of wood makes it a good building material for earthquake safety or high wind requirements, and is an environmentally responsible option as it has a lower carbon footprint than other building materials.

The bill has strong support from over 100 groups, including builders, architects, forest land owners, wood products manufacturers environmental groups, state forestry associations and labor unions.

Please take action to support the Timber Innovation Act. Below are resources with more information about the legislation. If you have any question regarding this issue, please contact Ben Gann, NLBMDA's Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs, at ben@dealer.org.