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- Halted Construction in Select Jurisdictions
- Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
- Mass Timber Headlines Discussion on Science Friday Radio Show
- Single-Family Built-to-Rent Sector Continues to Grow
- Milwaukee’s Ascent Timber Tower to Break Ground and Records
- WFPA Promotes Wood’s Economic and Environmental Benefits in Washington State
- LEVER Architecture Principal Urges California to Early Adopt 2021 IBC Provisions
- University of Toronto to Build 14-Story Glulam Tower
- New UW Health Science Building to Feature CLT
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SLB COVID-19 Response and Program Updates
The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, which, as you are aware, is changing rapidly. The health and safety of our staff, our investors, and our partners, as well as those attending events that we sponsor, are important to us. As such, we have taken the following steps:
All staff travel has been suspended for the time being. We will re-evaluate this in mid-April based on guidance from local health authorities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.
May Board of Directors Meeting
As of now, the SLB’s May Board of Directors meeting (May 20-21) is proceeding as planned, but we will re-evaluate and advise one month out from the scheduled dates based on travel restrictions that may be in place at that time.
Think Wood Mobile Tour
The SLB is suspending the Think Wood Mobile Tour. With states of emergency being imposed in several states and events being canceled nationwide, it is prudent to do so. To date, two scheduled events have been affected, the Mass Timber Conference in Portland and AIA Convention in Los Angeles, but it is possible that others will be canceled, postponed, or rescheduled.
With an intense schedule, involving a 12-week planning and attendee-acquisition timeline for each event, WoodWorks is postponing all large in-person events until Q3 2020. The team is quickly pivoting to offer additional remote education and is ready and available for project support. Team members are working diligently to negotiate and minimize expenses related to the canceled and rescheduled events. Right now, the team at WoodWorks doesn’t expect significant budget implications or impact to program metrics but is watching the situation closely.
SLB staff will continue to monitor and adjust activities based on guidance from authorities on risk assessment and mitigation protocols. As necessary, the SLB will provide updates via email and on www.softwoodlumberboard.org.
AWC Teams With ICC to Launch Mass Timber Code Training
The American Wood Council (AWC) has joined with the International Code Council (ICC) to develop and present education to building officials on upcoming changes in the 2021 International Building Code (IBC) that will permit mass timber buildings up to 18 stories in height. By offering education to building officials in advance of the code changes taking effect, the AWC and ICC hope to ensure a smooth path to approval of tall wood building designs.
The joint education program offers virtual and in-person trainings that will run throughout 2020:
A webinar series, with each webinar starting promptly at noon CST and lasting approximately 90 minutes:
- Principles of Fire and Connection Design and Special Inspection | April 8 & June 22
- Introduction to Mass Timber Products | May 11
- What’s New in 2015/2018 for Mass Timber Construction | May 18
- Background and Overview | June 1
- Heights and Areas and Construction Fire Safety | June 8
- Fire Safety | June 15
A seminar series, featuring daylong in-person and virtual events on mass timber building and the IBC:
The AWC is currently working to develop a similar education program targeting fire-service professionals.