Tell Your Member of Congress to Oppose the Timber Innovation Act
Earlier this year, the Timber Innovation Act (S 2892/HR 5628) was introduced, authorizing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to place "mass timber" as the material of choice for all tall building structures exceeding 85 feet. The bill advocates the acceleration of research and development (R&D), education, marketing, technical assistance, training and promotion of engineered, cross-laminated timber (CLT's). The bill will give the wood industry a market share advantage above all other structurally sound materials in tall building structures.
The Timber Innovation Act (TIA) unfairly authorizes the USDA to do some of the following: provide federal funding to place CLT’s as the material of choice in tall building market; fund a Tall Wood Building Prize Competition at the USDA; fund grants to state, local and private sectors for education, R&D, promotion and marketing; and fund technical assistance programs for architects and building designers in mass timber applications in tall building structures 85 feet and above. NRMCA and a coalition of concrete, steel and labor organizations oppose the TIA because we believe Congress shouldn’t pick winners and losers at the taxpayers' expense. Congress should be promoting fair competition in the marketplace, which will drive innovation while reducing consumer costs for all material selection in the built environment. The wood industry already benefits from the federal softwood lumber check off program, which makes the authorization of new programs duplicative.
Click on the links provided to see letters our coalition of industry partners send to Congress expressing concern for S 2892 and HR 5628. Send a letter to your Member of Congress opposing the Timber Innovation Act by clicking here. For more information, please contact NRMCA’s Kerri Leininger at firstname.lastname@example.org.