2022 ANNUAL REPORT
For the 11th consecutive year, the SLB collectively delivered year-over-year growth in demand and impact for the softwood lumber industry, generating more than 2 billion board feet of incremental demand in 2022—a record in the SLB’s history.
In 2022, the SLB continued to target investments across its key program areas of codes, communications, conversions, and education through its funded programs, partnerships, and initiatives.
The American Wood Council influenced changes to the 2024 IBC that will allow for
exposed mass timber
in 12-story buildings.
It also expanded tall mass timber code provisions, working with and educating code officials to bring the total number of states that have adopted the provisions in the 2021 code to 19, creating more opportunity than ever before for mass timber consumption.
Think Wood’s lead nurture program saw an
increase in leads
ready to make specification decisions about using wood, qualifying more than 500 leads for potential project conversions.
WoodWorks influenced more than
projects in 2022
representing 869 MM BF of incremental lumber demand and 3.6 million metric tons of avoided greenhouse gas emissions.
The SLB’s education program
launched a successful faculty outreach pilot program
to address the significant gap in architecture education at universities and developed an advisory panel chaired by Virginia Tech architecture professor Edward Becker to help guide the program to deeper engagement with other faculty at select universities.
Mass Timber Competition
The SLB’s investment in programs like the 2022 Mass Timber Competition: Building to Net-Zero Carbon, with joint funding from the USDA Forest Service, helps to not only showcase
the power of mass timber
as a building material but also affect timber adoption by funding the showcase projects that will inspire the projects of tomorrow.