Resilient Change Is Imminent As President Trump Signs $867 billion Farm Bill Into Law

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Resilient Change Is Imminent As President Trump Signs $867 billion Farm Bill Into Law

December 23, 2018 by Steve Conboy

This bill could be the answer that raises the bar on wood structures by defending carbon storage with M-Fires Clean Fire Science. The protection would lower loss, help our serious labor shortage and wild brush fires.

If the President and this Administration restricts grants that will not embrace fire resilience on all wood structures it could even help to lower our dependency on carbon producing imported steel.

On Thursday, President Trump signed a $867 billion farm bill into law that provides billions in aid to U.S. farmers while rejecting deep cuts to the federal food stamp programs sought by some House Republicans.

Maybe It’s Time America Leads In Fire Loss Prevention And Defending The Carbon Sequestered In All Lumber Built Structures.

Western region homeowners still in the line of next years wild brush fires have to be very excited that a portion of this bill is dedicated to find new ways to defend homes. Those of us in the resilient tech side of the lumber and building industry are also excited that this bill could support pre-fab factories and help offset our labor shortage. The most exciting part of this bill is maybe the entire wood industry is finally ready to help support fire protection to lower risk and loss, while we raise the "Building Green" bar higher than ever before with Defended Carbon Storage Banks.

The grant approval process will finally find the cleanest most cost-effective way to fire defend all interior lumber the building industry has ever known. This American Innovation Applied Fire Science is currently silently defending the top national builders from the untold stories of all the arson attacks from coast to coast on high density infill housing projects.

Maybe since this bill is out to find new science to try and defend our American Homes from all the wild brush fires they will find M-Fire's Resilient Wild Fire Rebuild Program recently introduced and well recieved at a Malibu Town Hall Meeting. Since the Insurance Industry has begun to recognize how Mighty Fire Breaker™ Job Site Fire Defense Spray lowers risk of loss to fire during construction, we are hoping the government recognizes how our program would lower loss for FEMA .

This week in Construction Dive they wrote more about this act.

The Timber Innovation Act will soon be on its way to President Donald Trump for signature as part of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (also known as the Farm Bill) that won wide, bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate last week. The Timber Innovation Act provides for "performance-driven" research and development, education and technical assistance to increase the use of “innovative" wood products in the U.S. wood building industry. The innovative wood products covered by the act include those in the category of mass timber: cross, nail and glue-laminated. The definition also includes laminated strand and veneer lumber. The act also prioritizes analyses of tall wood construction material safety and how wood construction impacts the environment and wildlife. Annual matching grants to advance innovation in wood construction are also part of the act, and those proposals that include the use or retrofitting of sawmills in areas of high unemployment will be given priority.

In the run-up to the Farm Bill’s passage, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) said, "The Timber Innovation Act will create new jobs across rural Washington by fostering innovation. The building technologies promoted in our bill, like cross-laminated timber, will bring several wins to Washington, including faster construction of buildings, more eco-friendly buildings and new timber jobs.

The US Lumber & Building Industry has always been slow to change. Even the cry of fallen firefighters has fallen on deaf ears over faster structural failure on trusses and I-joist for years.

The Mass Timber CLT movement folks need to listen to the building departments in the cities like NY, that are rejecting these raw mass timber tall structures. Maybe they would not reject your buildings if you add the extra fire protection that you all have seen make your Class B to Class A without adding drywall.

Until the CLT producers realize the insurance risk community wants more than Class B thick raw wood to defend in fire loss and the CLT producers offer this extra fire protection, the risk premiums will remove the competitive nature of wood verses steel.

The Mass Timber CLT producers need to realize that the acceleration of arson attacks on wood structures along with all the catastrophic weather events is making the insurance industry seek business with less risk.

Some of us in the building industry are big supporters of the Mass Timber CLT movement and growing companies like Katerra just hoping it not just about speed and cutting corners.

M-Fire is hoping these big well-funded mass timber producers eventually see the value in making all wood-framed building safer in fire.

If they don’t listen soon then M-Fire will become the first Class A mass timber producer in the USA to support safer buildings with less risk of fire loss and to become the first to build huge Defended Carbon Storage Banks.

This is what M Fire will continue to do in 2019

  • Advancing Applied Fire Science to Defend Buildings
  • Finding Businesses That Are Willing To Build Above The Code To Defend Carbon Storage And Lower Risk Of Loss From Fire
  • Educating Architects And Specifiers About New Cost Effective Fire Defense So The Entire Building Is Defended Not Just One Fire Wall.
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