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- WoodWorks Pivots to Remote Services, Provides Uninterrupted Support
- Building the Low-Carbon Future
- The AWC Releases Update to Popular Span Calculator App
- Think Wood in Architectural Record
- California Promotes Innovation Through Mass Timber Competition
- SLB-Supported Mass Timber-Based Housing System Plan Unveiled in Boston
- Managed Forests Among Worthy Investments to Tackle Climate Change
- Katerra Project at Eastern Washington University Shows Potential for Carbon Neutrality
- NAWLA Launches Many Branches. One Industry.
- General Contractors Make Changes to Keep Up and Embrace Mass Timber Commercial Construction
- Simpson Strong-Tie Launches Free Online Pergola Planning Tool
- Construction Industry Shifts to Manufacturing and Mass Production
- Building Inspection Goes Virtual in Ohio
- HempWood Hits U.S. Market
Insights From the Competition
SLB Board Member Fritz Mason Featured in LBM Journal
LBM Journal recently featured Fritz Mason, SLB Board Member and Georgia-Pacific Lumber head, in an article on how the lumber building material (LBM) industry is working to keep pace with growing demand despite labor shortages. Mason singled out innovations such as mass timber and modular construction as key trends that support greater efficiency and resiliency in both the construction and LBM sectors.
Mason also encouraged LBM dealers to stay educated on new technologies, codes, and emerging building practices and be aware of changes in product availability and costs. This will help dealers deliver quality, reliable service to their customers, and ultimately support their businesses’ competitiveness and profitability.
Read Mason’s insights here.
The SLB Tracks Effects of COVID-19
The SLB is closely tracking the impact of COVID-19 on the softwood lumber and building and construction industries. We will endeavor to bring timely information and evidence-based resources to you as the economic impacts of the pandemic become known across the value chain. While we are foremost concerned with the continued health and safety of everyone involved in our industry and their families, we are ever committed to shaping a strong future for the softwood lumber industry, mitigating negative impacts where possible, and identifying and being responsive to opportunities as they emerge.
Relevant resources include:
- Impact of COVID-19 on the Forest Products Industry
- Coronavirus Construction Limits: State-by-State Tracker
- Mapping the Coronavirus Impact on US Construction
- Delayed Projects Report
- Construction Exemptions to Shelter-in-Place Orders
- DIY Impact Tracker
- Contractor Impact Tracker
Metrostudy, AIA to Host Weekly Webinars on Pandemic Impact
A growing number of industry partners are hosting COVID-19-related webinars to consistently communicate with their stakeholders and members on the pandemic’s impact on their industries and to provide perspective during this challenging time. These include the following:
- Metrostudy/Meyers Research is hosting a weekly webinar featuring its chief economist, Ali Wolf, on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. ET; Wolf provides an economic overview and additional focus on the residential single-family market. View the past webinars here. Register for future webinars here.
- AIA is hosting a weekly webinar with its chief economist Kermit Baker on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. ET; Baker provides an economic overview and explores a different topic each week. Register here.
- The Farnsworth Group is hosting a DIYers COVID-19 Response Webinar on April 23rd at 2:00 PM ET featuring an in-depth discussion on the state of DIYers and impacts COVID-19 is having on their home improvement behavior. Register here.
The SLB is working to collate relevant of COVID-19-related eLearning offerings and resources. Any interested investor should feel free to contact Ryan Flom at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive notice of these and other virtual events.
The SLB would also like to highlight what our industry and investors are doing to support their employees and communities during this unprecedented time. If you would like to spotlight someone you know that is lending a helping hand in this time of need, please send the story and any corresponding images to Ryan Flom with the email subject line COVID-19 Response Submission.
WoodWorks Pivots to Remote Services, Provides Uninterrupted Support
When news of U.S. COVID-19 restrictions broke, WoodWorks quickly pivoted its project support and education activities to online platforms – something its team was well positioned to do since the staff members commonly work remotely. WoodWorks also reached out to its clients, nationally and regionally, to let them know that WoodWorks is now available across multiple platforms and can provide uninterrupted services.
WoodWorks uses Zoom video conferencing to provide project support and conduct virtual “lunch and learns” so architecture, engineering, and construction professionals can continue to expand their knowledge of wood design.
The quarterly education offerings by WoodWorks will include two wood design symposiums and eight workshops, all locally relevant and delivered via online platforms. This is in addition to its existing, nationally focused monthly webinars.
Keep track of these and other upcoming virtual offerings here.