Senators from Oregon and Idaho introduced the bipartisan Mass Timber Federal Buildings Act to encourage the use of mass timber in federal projects.

The act enables mass timber firms to compete for federal contracts in building projects and military construction.

A two-tier contracting preference is established, prioritizing U.S.-made mass timber sourced responsibly from various forestlands.

An optional second-tier preference is available for mass timber sourced from restoration projects, fire mitigation efforts, and underserved forest owners.

The bill mandates reporting on whole building lifecycle assessment to highlight the carbon sequestration benefits of mass timber buildings.

The legislation aims to promote domestic mass timber production while supporting sustainable forest management practices.

Implementation of the act is expected to facilitate increased utilization of mass timber in federal building projects, promoting economic growth and environmental sustainability.

  • Posted on 2024/06/02
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