United States Code

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§ 7655c.
Clarification of research and development program for wood building construction
(a)
In general

The Secretary shall conduct performance-driven research and development, education, and technical assistance for the purpose of facilitating the use of innovative wood products in wood building construction in the United States.

(b)
Activities
In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary shall—
(1)
after receipt of input and guidance from, and collaboration with, the wood products industry, conservation organizations, and institutions of higher education, conduct research and development, education, and technical assistance at the Forest Products Laboratory or through the State and Private Forestry deputy area that meets measurable performance goals for the achievement of the priorities described in subsection (c); and
(2)
after coordination and collaboration with the wood products industry and conservation organizations, make competitive grants to institutions of higher education to conduct research and development, education, and technical assistance that meets measurable performance goals for the achievement of the priorities described in subsection (c).
(c)
Priorities
The research and development, education, and technical assistance conducted under subsection (a) shall give priority to—
(1)
ways to improve the commercialization of innovative wood products;
(2)
analyzing the safety of tall wood building materials;
(3)
calculations by the Forest Products Laboratory of the lifecycle environmental footprint, from extraction of raw materials through the manufacturing process, of tall wood building construction;
(4)
analyzing methods to reduce the lifecycle environmental footprint of tall wood building construction;
(5)
analyzing the potential implications of the use of innovative wood products in building construction on wildlife; and
(6)
1 or more other research areas identified by the Secretary, in consultation with conservation organizations, institutions of higher education, and the wood products industry.
(d)
Timeframe

To the maximum extent practicable, the measurable performance goals for the research and development, education, and technical assistance conducted under subsection (a) shall be achievable within a 5-year timeframe.

(Pub. L. 115–334, title VIII, § 8642, Dec. 20, 2018, 132 Stat. 4871.)
cite as: 7 USC 7655c