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Design competition launched to show role of mass timber in decarbonization

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Design competition launched to show role of mass timber in decarbonization

Forest Service and Softwood Lumber Board will award $2 million in grants to winning teams.

By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | October 28, 2021
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The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) and USDA Forest Service (USDA) recently launched a competition to demonstrate the role of mass timber in decarbonizing the built environment.

The competition will award $2 million to multiple project teams that design and construct mass timber buildings in the U.S. that are repeatable and scalable. The award program will also share lessons learned and research findings, including carbon footprint life cycle assessment results, to help support future mass timber projects.

Eligible building types include commercial, institutional, industrial, educational, mixed-use, and affordable multifamily housing developments. Applicants can submit proposals beginning in early 2022 and winners will be announced in late spring/early summer of that year.

Timber sourced for the project must be managed sustainably, contributing to forest and watershed health. Several approaches can be used to ensure sustainable supply of wood products, including federal, state, and local regulations, third-party certifications, best management practices, and an emerging ASTM standard.

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