Partnered with and supported organizations to drive research and develop solutions for improved construction efficiency and increase available wood-based housing options.
In 2018, the International Code Council developed code provisions for mass timber construction projects up to 18 stories; these provisions were added to the 2021 International Building Code. Part of our ongoing activity includes working to get the IBC’s codes adopted in states throughout the U.S. Our team is working with partners and associations at the state level to build acceptance of mass timber, position innovative wood building materials as a low-carbon option and encourage states to expand mass timber promotion and construction projects.
In 2020, we awarded a grant to the University of Arkansas’ Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design for a research project and design studio called “Wood City: Timberizing the City’s Building Blocks.” The project received a 2021 Green Good Design Award.
Building on this success, in 2021 we funded a second design research project, “A Just Home for the Arkansas Timberlands.” Together, these projects have helped amplify the school’s emphasis on timber and wood products, as well as affordable housing. Both projects have since been expanded into additional work with new partners interested in using mass timber for affordable housing and also in rural, forest-centered communities.
We supported mass timber and wood innovation projects conducted by Clemson University’s Wood Utilization + Design Institute.
In 2020, we became a Founding Partner of Ivory Innovations. To support solution development for the housing affordability crisis, Ivory Innovations brings public and private organizations together to support and promote innovations in the fields of policy, regulatory, finance, construction and design. Weyerhaeuser’s support provides financial resources for research and convening an annual award to recognize innovative solutions and initiatives to engage university students in addressing housing affordability.
In 2021, we were the lead sponsor for Operation Tiny Home’s “Alpha” House, a prototype for a small home, built in part from our products, that was then donated to Mattersville, a community supporting veteran housing.