The story below demonstrates the seriousness of the threat that the wood industry has mounted to concrete use in low- and mid-rise building construction, despite the increased fire danger and reduction in stiffness of wood buildings. Losing this market could reduce the overall concrete market by 10% or more. The concrete industry is beginning to respond: the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is considering the size of its response and the rest of the industry must support a strong response. If you don't think this threat is real, read the following story published online by the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, in partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, announced the winners of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. The two winning development teams were granted a combined $3 million in funding to support the development of tall wood demonstration projects in New York and Portland, Oregon.