Mass timber program from Defense Department earns AWC support

NAHB mass timber housing

WASHINGTON — Following the House Armed Service Committee’s markup of the National Defense Authorization Act, which included language to establish a pilot program to evaluate the effects of using mass timber products in Department of Defense military construction projects, American Wood Council President and CEO Jackson Morrill issued the following statement:

“The mass timber pilot program will not only help the DOD address the military’s housing needs but will do so utilizing a low-carbon building solution available today. Increasing the use of wood in construction to the maximum amount in the U.S. would be equivalent of taking 4.4 million cars off of the road indefinitely, contributing significantly to national 2030 carbon reduction goals.”

Morrill added, “Mass timber construction also speeds up construction time, ultimately saving money and getting service members into housing more quickly. The DOD saw a 37% reduction in schedule duration and a 31% increase in expected energy performance in its first mass timber construction project.”

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