To increase understanding of both the adoption rate and in-state manufacturing of mass timber In Maine, the 131st Legislature and Governor Mills passed LD 881, a resolve directing a study of the barriers facing cross-laminated timber In Maine and provide recommendations to promote their use in construction. This study was developed in response to the resolve. The study engaged 108 unique participants to define available training, education, and experiences across the stakeholders throughout the building lifecycle process in the state.
From this information, the following five recommendations are proposed:
- Understand the policies and initiatives of other states to develop a policy strategy for the state.
- Explore the funding of a mass timber demonstration initiative to serve as an “in practice” training and experience mechanism across the building construction lifecycle.
- Revise and refine Maine’s mass timber manufacturing attraction strategy.
- Develop a comprehensive workforce development strategy for Maine.
- Establish and staff a state mass timber advocacy group.
O'Neill, Shane R. 2023. Barriers to use of cross-laminated timber in Maine. University of Maine. 131st Second Regular Sess.
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