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Building Wood Back Into Buildings

Unpainted, untreated wood from building removal and new construction projects is almost entirely combusted as fuel at regional paper mills. Utilizing this material for higher and better uses (like building new DADUs and commercial buildings) will not only create new jobs, reduce short-term climate change impacts, and boost legitimate recycling of other construction materials, but will provide a means of locking up carbon in buildings for decades or centuries to come.

This session will cover market development efforts for wood, case studies of projects that have used salvaged wood for framing and structural members, recognition of the local deconstruction industry, and local government catalysts for wood market transitions.