Mass Timber Projects Awarded $2.2 Million to Demonstrate Carbon Benefits

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Winners of the 2023 Mass Timber Competition were announced here today, with five projects sharing $2.2 million in funds to highlight the climate benefits of mass timber construction.

Sponsored by the Softwood Lumber Board and the U.S. Forest Service, the competition aims to expand the use of mass timber – large structural panels made from laminated lumber – as a sustainable building material. Using wood in place of concrete and steel can significantly reduce a building’s carbon footprint.

“Mass timber is an effective way to mitigate climate change impacts,” said John Crockett of the Forest Service. “It improves forest health through sustainable harvesting and supports low-carbon construction.”

This year’s diverse winning proposals include mixed-use, residential, and community projects in Detroit, San Francisco, Arkansas, and elsewhere. They will demonstrate mass timber applications at scale, while sharing cost data, life cycle assessments, and other findings.

“These inspiring buildings will show viable paths for teams nationwide to achieve well-being, commercial adoption, and resilience with minimal carbon,” said Ryan Flom of the Lumber Board.

An independent jury of architects, engineers, developers, and forest products experts selected the winners. Previous recipients in 2022 were awarded $2 million for six mass timber projects.

By spotlighting model sustainable buildings, the competition aims to grow the emerging U.S. mass timber industry. Project teams pledge to source domestically produced wood, supporting sustainable forestry jobs.

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