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Lumber Talks Releases New Episode: "Understanding the Crane Rule"

Lumber Talks, NLBMDA's public policy podcast, has released its second episode! L isten to our January episode, "Understanding the Crane Rule, Part 1", on our websiteBen Gann, NLBMDA's Vice President of Legislative & Political Affairs, sits down with Frank Moore, former Regulatory Counsel for NLBMDA. The two discuss the certification requirements for the revised OSHA Crane Rule and dive deep into the evolution of the rule and what it means for dealers today.

Click here to learn more about Lumber Talks!

NLBMDA Vows to Work with New Congress
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) vows to work with lawmakers in the 116th Congress on advancing the public policy priorities of the lumber and building material industry. On January 3, a new class of Representatives and Senators were sworn-in to start the new two-year congressional cycle. There are many fresh faces in the 116th Congress with 92 new representatives and 9 new Senators.
As a new era of divided government begins, NLBMDA plans outreach to both Republicans and Democrats. Lawmakers should build on recent changes to the tax code and reduction of burdensome regulations to ensure the continued health of the residential construction sector. Follow this link for the list of issues NLBMDA plans to engage lawmakers on in the new Congress.


NLBMDA Announces Ask the Experts Program

NLBMDA is excited to announce the launch of its Ask the Experts program! The association's new program provides members with the easiest possible way to take advantage of its resources and network. 

This Members Only program leverages NLBMDA's network of experts and government relations team to assist members who are looking for advice, guidance and/or technical expertise on matters related to federal code, regulatory and legislative issues.

To submit a question to "Ask the Experts" simply email us directly at It is that easy! NLBMDA staff will leverage its network to address your questions and connect you with those that can better assist you.

As the program grows, we will start to incorporate popular questions into our newsletters and podcast episodes. Make sure to submit your inquiries to be featured.


2019 Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference Announces Jake Sherman as Luncheon Speaker

NLBMDA’s 2019 Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference is being held from April 1 – 3 at the Wink Hotel in Washington, D.C.. This conference includes many opportunities to learn about key issues affecting the lumber and building material industry from Washington policy experts and political commentators. The event will culminate with a day for you to conduct in-person meetings with your elected officials in Congress, making your voice heard on Capitol Hill. From main stage keynote presentations to policy discussions and networking sessions, you won’t want to miss a minute of this program. Make sure to register here!

NLBMDA is excited to announce this year's LuDPAC luncheon speaker at the conference, Jake Sherman, esteemed congressional reporter. Sherman is a senior reporter at Politico and co-author of Politico's Playbook, the most indispensable morning newsletter for the biggest influencers in politics. He has covered the battles for control of congress since 2009, and is known for his high-impact reporting. We are eager to learn from Sherman's insights on the next two years of congress and its implications for the LBM industry. Check out more about this separate ticketed event here.


Bob Sanford, NLBMDA Chair, Looks Forward to a Great 2019
At the end of 2018, NLBMDA Chair, Bob Sanford, shared a message with our membership about the association’s new leadership and plan for the next two years. In his letter he announced that he “will be serving a two year term to ensure that the work started by [his] predecessor, Rick Lierz, continues.” This two year term will also permit the three new members of the executive committee to get better acclimated to NLBMDA and its association partners.

Sanford also announced the launch of the new Strategic Sustainability task group. Last week, the task group met in Chicago to discuss several topics including NLBMDA’s scope of services, functions, mission, vision, revenue sources, conferences and our governance structure.

To read Sanford’s complete message click here.
NLBMDA Applauds Signing of Farm Bill That Includes LBM Industry Priorities
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) applauds the signing of the Agriculture Improvement Act (H.R. 2), better known as the Farm Bill, which includes several priorities for the lumber and building material (LBM) industry. The action taken last month by President Donald Trump follows final passage last week in the Senate and House of Representatives.
NLBMDA supported provisions reforming federal forest management practices, promoting construction of mass timber construction, and ensuring fairness in federal purchasing of forest building products.
“NLBMDA is delighted to see Congress and President Trump worked together in a bipartisan fashion to pass this critical legislation that will help the entire country,” said NLBMDA President and CEO Jonathan Paine. “The Farm Bill includes key provisions that NLBMDA and its members strongly advocated for that will help the lumber and building material industry and residential construction. On behalf of NLBMDA I want to thank those that supported the legislation and our members for contacting their lawmakers.” 

Click here to read the complete press release.

Tune into "Lumber Talks", NLBMDA's New Public Policy Podcast

NLBMDA is excited to announce its new podcast, Lumber Talks, has launched its first episode! We hope this platform provides our members with ample learning opportunities and a new way to engage with NLBMDA and the LBM industry at large.

This podcast provides a mixture of content and analysis of the issues impacting the LBM industry, along with engaging interviews with industry leaders, experts and analysts that will provide unique perspectives on the industry today.

Click here to listen to our first episode! We are also available on Stitcher, Anchor, SoundCloud and Apple Podcasts.

Make sure to tune in every 3rd Thursday of the month for a new episode! Our next release will be on January 17, 2019. If you have any suggestions for episode content, technical issues or would like to be featured please reach out to

NLBMDA Applauds Adoption of Tall Wood Building Construction Standards
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) applauds the announcement yesterday from the International Code Council (ICC) that all 14 tall wood building code change proposals passed through the Online Governmental Consensus Vote (OGCV). This means that the mass timber code changes will be incorporated into the ICC’s 2021 edition of the International Building Code (IBC). NLBMDA supports building codes that allow for tall wood buildings and has advocated for increased research and development of mass timber construction.
Updated every three years, the IBC is considered a baseline for building codes, although the building code landscape is uneven and jurisdictions do use older versions of the IBC. The 2018 IBC, which is the current edition, was published in November 2017, and the 2021 IBC that will include the tall wood building code changes, is scheduled to be published in November 2020.
“The announcement today by the ICC is an important step in giving builders, designers, and jurisdictions the confidence to pursue mass timber construction projects,” said NLBMDA President and CEO Jonathan Paine. “Tall wood buildings have been thoroughly researched and proven to be a safe, sustainable, and cost-effective method of construction.”

To read more on the LBM industry's victory, click here.


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