President Obama promotes the use of wood

Date: 24-Apr-14
Author: Chris Philpot

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President Obama has announced a climate-driven initiative to train architects, builders and engineers in the benefits of wood as a structural material. 

US President Barack Obama has announced that he will support the development of wooden buildings.  This move is being driven through the White House's climate strategy.  This climate-driven initiative that will see architects, builders and engineers trained in the benefits of wood as a structural material. 

Wood is gaining ground as a popular material in tall building construction, as evident through the Forte building in Melbourne and Stadhaus in London. The efforts of the USDA to support its advancement aligns with Obama's Climate Action Plan, which preserves the role of forests in mitigating climate change.

"Wood may be one of the world's oldest building materials, but it is now also one of the most advanced," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Building stronger markets for innovative new wood products supports sustainable forestry, helps buffer reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and puts rural America at the forefront of an emerging industry."

"Presently, the market for wood and other related forest products supports more than one million direct jobs, many in rural America. As these markets expand, so will the economic opportunities."

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