Project Start: August 2020
Project Completion: April 2023
Principal Investigators: Antony Wood, Will Miranda & Daniel Safarik, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Given the market trajectory of building materials for tall buildings, it is likely that mass timber will be a critical building component for cities of the near future. It is incumbent upon government and the leaders of the timber industry to accelerate research in this field. We seek to provide a framework for better understanding the character and dimensions of a future mass timber city, and help to make it a reality. This program supports the dissemination of best-practice information on the design, technologies, construction, and planning of mass timber buildings and larger timber communities—in addition to a thorough historical review on the topic through the creation of a full-length technical publication. These activities will also produce a short film that visually articulates the design possibilities of a full-fledged timber city to capture the imagination of the general public to the sustainable benefits of mass timber, as well as the building industry.
USDA Forest Service
To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.
At the heart of our agency’s mission is our purpose—the ultimate answer to why we do what we do. Everything we do—across our broad and diverse agency—is intended to help sustain forests and grasslands for present and future generations. Why? Because our stewardship work supports nature in sustaining life. This is the purpose that drives our agency’s mission and motivates our work across the agency. It’s been there from our agency’s very beginning, and it still drives us.
To advance our mission and serve our purpose, we balance the short and long-term needs of people and nature by—
This is our value: what the Forest Service uniquely has to offer.
Binational Softwood Lumber Council
The Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC) was established by the Canadian and U.S. Federal governments as part of the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement. The Council’s mandate, as outlined in annex 13 of the agreement, is “to promote increased cooperation between the U.S. and Canadian softwood lumber industries and to strengthen and expand the market for softwood lumber products in both countries.”
The BSLC benefits from the leadership and expertise of its 12-member board which consists of Canadian and U.S. senior industry representatives and stakeholders. The construct of this board is unique within the industry and offers an influential and powerful vehicle to establish strategic direction for market development programs, direct broad industry initiatives, and facilitate collaboration among organizations serving the North American softwood lumber industry.
Underpinning the BSLC’s efforts is a firm belief that the relationship between the Canadian and United States’ industries can only improve when the lumber market is sufficiently robust for both industries to first stabilize, and then to prosper. The BSLC also believes that this will only come about through increased demand for new and previous uses of lumber products.
Since its inception, the BSLC has actively supported initiatives by a variety of industry organizations that meet the mandate. Funds have been directed into programs in which immediate opportunities can be quickly exploited for a fast turnaround in identifiable demand. Clear benefits have already been achieved for the North American softwood lumber industry as the result of some of these programs.
The CTBUH research platform accommodates a wide variety of subjects and scales, while its vast network of industry leaders and city-shapers offers the ideal promotional stage upon project delivery. Get in touch with our team and learn how we can work together to fill the gap in your research needs.Contact Us