Forest To Frame promotes mass timber use in commercial construction
Forest to Frame is an educational effort to help architects, engineers, contractors and developers better understand why wood from working forests is the most responsible building material on earth.
Mass timber construction, using cross-laminated timber (CLT), glulam and other engineered wood products, results in buildings that are safe in both fire and seismic events, environmentally friendly and aesthetically appealing. Not only does it use a renewable resource from sustainably managed forests to sequester carbon, but it also supports jobs in rural Oregon. And, of course, wood is recognized for its beauty, strength and versatility. Plus, it has less embodied energy than steel or concrete.
Forest to Frame will be promoted in many ways. One instance is a video that is posted on OFRI’s YouTube channel and is presented at numerous conferences and meetings, including its preview at the international convention of the Forest Products Society held in Portland, Ore., in mid-2016.
OFRI collaborates with a number of other public and private organizations in the state including the Governor’s office, Oregon BEST, Wood Works, Sustainable Northwest and the Oregon Department of Forestry in an informal group that calls itself the Oregon Wood Products Working Group. The group works collectively on projects such as a tall wood building design competition, research initiatives aimed at identifying barriers to establishing an advanced wood products industry in the state and efforts to identify highly visible building projects and attempt to sway those projects to use mass timber products. Backed by Gov. Kate Brown, this initiative seeks to create and implement strategies for development of advanced wood products manufacturing in Oregon to support rural economies.
As part of that effort, Forest to Frame is focused on demand-generating activities including:
- Publicity in regional and national media and online resources
- Printed materials directed to those who can specify the use of wood in commercial construction
- Development of a website
- Building and mill tours
- Public speaking opportunities targeting the building/design community, as well as key influencers
- Incorporating benefits of mass timber in educational programs
- Publishing case histories of projects that use Forest to Frame technology
- Using Forest to Frame in social media networks
The Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) is collaborating with many partners in the promotion of Forest to Frame, so we can spread the word about this renewable, beautiful resource even faster.
Part of the 21st century’s green economy, this emerging technology requires a coordinated effort to capture the attention of those who will use it, and to move it forward. That’s exactly what Forest to Frame will do – generate demand for mass timber construction to create structures that are sturdy, sustainable and distinctive.