2022 Annual Report


Expanding Demand for Softwood Lumber with Education, Inspiration, and Facilitation


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.

2 Billion Board Feet
133 Board Feet of Incremental Demand
5.3 Million Metric Tons of co2

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.