LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Jackson Morrill issued a statement following Governor Brad Little’s signing of H 143, which directs the state building code board to amend the state building code to include the 2021 tall mass timber building code provisions by January 1, 2022.
“Mass timber is a category of wood product that is already revolutionizing how America builds. There are already over 1,000 mass timber projects constructed or in the design phase in the United States.
“In passing this bill, Idaho has now joined Oregon, Washington, Utah, California, Virginia, as well as the City of Denver as early adopters recognizing a sustainable alternative to traditional construction. The use of mass timber will support healthier working forests, expand markets for wood products, and increase forest industry jobs most often found in rural areas.”
Note: AWC testified in support of H 143 at the Idaho Legislature. Written testimony can be found here.