Welcome to the Softwood Lumber Board

The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) is an industry funded initiative established to promote the benefits and uses of softwood lumber products in outdoor, residential and non-residential construction. Programs and initiatives supported by the SLB will focus on increasing the demand for appearance and softwood lumber products in the United States.

Using wood obtained through sustainable forestry practices in green building applications promotes a healthy environment and a strong economy. A recent lifecycle analysis found that harvesting, transporting, manufacturing, and using wood in lumber and panel products in building yields fewer air emissions–including greenhouse gases–than the resource extraction, manufacture, and use of other common building materials. In fact, wood-based wall systems can require significantly less total energy for manufacturing than thermally comparable houses using other materials.

The softwood lumber industry is an important job creator and supports hundreds of local communities, many of them rural.

"Wood should be a major component of American building and energy design." – USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Read the USDA study about the Economic and Environmental Benefits of Using Wood Products


How It Works

Recent News

Bill Lets Wood Return to School Construction

Tue, 05 May 2015 04:08:11 -0700

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (03/06/14) Sheinin, Aaron Gould

The Georgia state House has given unanimous approval to a measure that removes a ban on the use of wood framing in school construction. Georgia was one of only four states that barred wood from...

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USDA Support for Increased Use of Wood in Construction to Reduce Impact on the Environment and Grow Jobs

Tue, 05 May 2015 04:08:11 -0700

Binational Softwood Lumber Council Press Release (03/18/14)

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and the White House Rural Council have announced $1,000,000 in funding each for WoodWorks and a tall wood building competition to accelerate technology transfer and...

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WoodWorks: 2014 Wood Design Awards Winners Showcase

Tue, 05 May 2015 04:08:11 -0700

Click on the web link below to view the 2014 WoodWorks' Design Awards Winners Showcase. The showcase features excellence in wood design, engineering and construction, as well as innovative projects that demonstrate attributes of wood such as strength, beauty, versatility, cost-effectiveness and sustainability.

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