SLB Supports Additional Blast-Resistant Testing to Open New Market for Mass Timber

Wood products have historically been underrepresented in the U.S. Department of Defense construction market because of misconceptions regarding wood’s performance in blast conditions. Working with USDA Forest Products Laboratory, the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) is… Read more »


New Report Asserts Softwood Lumber’s Economic Impacts

A new report by Forest Economic Advisors (FEA), commissioned by the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB), highlights the importance of softwood lumber manufacturing to the U.S. economy and, in particular, the health of rural communities. Through… Read more »


SLB’s Impact to Expand Markets

Expanding markets is central to the Softwood Lumber Board’s (SLB’s) mission, as new and larger markets create increased softwood lumber demand and consumption and increased revenue for producers and manufacturers. After weathering the financial and… Read more »


Lifting Lumber Sales—and Your Business with 2.59 Billion Board Feet of New Demand

Lumber is an integral part of both your business and how America builds housing. The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) works tirelessly to make it more than that. The SLB is working to make wood not… Read more »


SLB Partners on New Report Which Provides Fire-Rated Solutions for Mass Timber Connection Assemblies

Arup, D.R. Johnson, MyTiCon and the Softwood Lumber Board partnered to complete three full-scale fire tests for glulam beam to column connectors. The fire tests were loaded to simulate typical building conditions. The testing is a… Read more »


SLB Supports Shake Table Test for Earthquake-Resilient Mass Timber Buildings

The SLB is supporting engineering researchers at Colorado School of Mines to perform seismic tests on an innovative two-story structure made of cross laminated timber (CLT). The tests will generate the scientific data and knowledge… Read more »


SLB Impact Report Infographic Released

The SLB recently released its 2016 annual impact statement, including easy-to-read summary graphics that outline 2016 results. In 2016, the SLB’s programs and investments generated 906 million board feet (mmbf) of incremental consumption; $314 million of… Read more »


USDA Announces Publication of Proposed Rulemaking on De Minimus Exemption Threshold

USDA has conducted a review of the exemption threshold under the softwood lumber checkoff, analyzing various thresholds ranging from 10 to 30 million board feet.  A proposed rule that details USDA’s analysis and proposes an… Read more »


Nail-Laminated Timber Design and Construction Guide Now Available

New Guide highlights versatility of wood. WASHINGTON, DC, May 30, 2017 –The Binational Softwood Lumber Council has released the Nail-Laminated Timber (NLT) U.S. Design and Construction Guide, a first-of-its-kind manual for the U.S. design and construction community…. Read more »


SLB Funded Research Opens New Opportunities for Wood

  With support from the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) together with Arup, with support from MyTiCon, and DR Johnson, recently completed three successful fire tests on one-hour glulam beam to column connectors, adding to the evidence base… Read more »