Concrete Industry Lobbying Against Mass Timber Construction – FYI What To Do

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    Brice Cochran
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    Over the past 3-4 months, I have received a few different emails from timber framers and engineers within the Timber Frame Engineering Council highlighting an effort by the Masonry/Concrete Producers and Associations to influence an upcoming piece of legislation called the Timber Innovation Act and 2018 Farm Bill along with trying to influence, the IBC.  The Timber Innovation Act (TIA) is a bill that directs research to promote mass timber.

    Their campaigns are called “Don’t Let Wood Replace Concrete!” and”Build With Strength”, examples of their efforts include:

    • An email to the membership of the The International Concrete Repair Institute, Executive Director Mike Levin is encouraging members to contact their local representatives in opposition to this bill.
    • Articles sponsored by the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association, called Making the cut: is cross-laminated timber safe? making the case against CLTs and the use of timbers.
    • An email to the members of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association in North Carolina, John J. Loyer,
      Senior Vice President of State and Local Government Affairs of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is calling for opposition to Wood buildings up to 18 stories in height that could soon be allowed by the 2021 version of the International Building Code (IBC).

    A group from the Timber Frame Engineering Council has been working to educate folks about this and how you can voice your opinion, you can find that on the  TF Guild Website HERE.  I encourage everyone to reach out to their state and local officials and let them know how you feel about timber construction.

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