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Advancing Mass Timber as a Climate Solution in Three U.S. Cities to Scale Up Its Use and Encourage Long-Term Investment in New Domestic Manufacturing

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3168
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
Environmental Impact
Application
Wood Building Systems
Organization
Olifant, LLC
Year of Publication
2022
Application
Wood Building Systems
Topic
Environmental Impact
Keywords
Carbon Benefits
Cost and Procurement
Forest Sourcing
Manufacturing
Research Status
In Progress
Notes
Forest Service/USDA Wood Innovations Grants Recipient Point of Contact: Nicole K. Knobloch Location: Arlington, Massachusetts
Summary
Building on successful work creating demand for mass timber as a climate solution in the Boston area through a 2019 Wood Innovation Grant, Olifant and a national group of AEC partners will do the same for three sister cities and their states/ surrounding regions: Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Denver. The goal is to enable each city to make mass timber a centerpiece carbon reduction strategy for the built environment and to be ready to offer a USFS Mass Timber Accelerator grant program to developers and/or other incentives for mass timber construction. Working in collaboration with AIA chapter partners, our AEC industry leaders will conduct regionally-based comparative studies on carbon benefits of local mass timber construction, cost and procurement considerations, forest sourcing, and current and potential U.S. mass timber manufacturing, nationally and regionally, developed into educational materials for use by AEC professionals and city planners. The overarching goal is to create robust, long-term demand for mass timber construction in these cities and nationwide that will encourage more U.S. mass timber manufacturing investment.
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