Is 'forest to frame' a solution for the environment and our economy?
You may have heard talk about the positive impact that constructing taller buildings using modern wood materials such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) could have on meeting our shared goals for maintaining a clean environment.
In one example of a 9-story residential building built in London, the effect of using wood in place of concrete and steel, which require large amounts of energy to produce, saved 320 metric tons of CO2 or the equivalent of 21 years of the building’s projected energy use.
And unlike other commonly used building materials, wood is renewable, sustainable and natural.
It’s also time to start talking about the good it could do for our state’s economy, particularly rural areas where jobs continue to be lost while other part of the state are recovering.
By adopting a “forest to frame” philosophy that ties urban construction trends and rural lumber manufacturing together into a harmonious and mutually beneficial supply chain, we could do a lot of good for individual families and the planet.
Washington is the #2 producer of lumber in the US. Washington also has in place responsible, science-driven forest practices to make our forestland some of the most sustainable in the world. It makes sense that Washington should take a leading role in the manufacturing of materials that can help us reach our shared goals for the economy and the environment.
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