We have good news. You can now think about the future and feel good.
For decades, forest landowners have walked together with the people of Washington state on a higher path to sustainability and environmental stewardship.
Along the way, we’ve rediscovered why wood grown in Washington state's working forests really is our most natural resource.
We know that our destination is a future in which sustainably grown wood will be used in a variety of smart, beneficial ways that help achieve shared goals. Wood is securing its place in our future through development of the production of carbon-neutral energy from woody biomass.
But in our hearts there’s no place that wood feels more at home than in the buildings we live and work in. It’s in our DNA---having the natural texture, warmth, and durability of wood around us simply makes us feel good.
It’s why wood’s natural balance of strength and beauty has always been coveted as a design element, but if trends in architecture driving the use of wood in the construction of taller buildings continue, millions more people could be drawing smiley faces on their calendars for the decades ahead.
The Vancouver Sun recently wrote about the emergence of pre-manufactured tall wood building construction in Canada:
"The best way to build more tall wood buildings — and boost a higher-value wood products industry in British Columbia — is to manufacture them in factories …
"They weren’t talking about the two-by-four wood-frame construction typical of B.C.’s housing sector, but what the industry refers to as “mass-timber” structures, where engineered wood components such as glue-laminated timbers and cross-laminated panels, manufactured out of regular lumber, replace the steel and concrete in traditional commercial construction. …
'“What we’re trying to do with this kind of event is develop a culture that spreads from the leading edge to the middle ground,” [Jim Taggart, an instructor of architecture] said.'
What will it take to mainstream the construction of taller wood buildings here in the U.S.?
Keep following us and we’ll continue to provide answers to that question so that more people can enjoy benefits that only wood construction can offer.