The American Wood Council's President and CEO Robert Gowinski recently voiced his support for a new bill in Florida signed by Governor Rick Scott, that if passed will allow the use of wood for interior non-load bearing walls in public educational facilities. Glowinski believes that as the code stands now it is inappropriate to prevent a building material if the national and current state codes for private schools allow it.

This bill represents a possible threat to the concrete industry if it is uphed by a 2/3 majority when it is voted upon. Glowinski went on to highlight the advantages of using wood in construction:

“There are many advantages of wood school construction besides the potential cost savings. Wood buildings can be designed and constructed to resist hurricane-level wind forces in accordance with the codes. Wood is also the only major building material that is both renewable and sustainable, helping schools meet their green building requirements."

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