The intent of this category is to promote markets that create or expand the demand for non-energy based wood products.
Projects can include, but are not limited to the following:
- Develop training on construction or manufacturing techniques that use new building materials or building designs (e.g., structural roundwood or cross-laminated timbers).
- Conduct a market analysis and perform targeted marketing to expand the use of wood materials in commercial construction (e.g., buildings or bridges).
- Establish statewide wood action teams that focus on using wood in support of state Forest Action Plans.
- Facilitate establishment of new building codes to support expanded use of wood materials.
- Demonstrate the beneficial characteristics of wood as a green building material, including investments in life cycle assessments and environmental product declarations for wood products.
- Develop a carbon trading market protocol for wood building materials that accounts for the fossil carbon offset from using wood.
- Develop markets to use unexpected increases in volumes of wood caused by natural events (e.g., insects, diseases, hurricanes, tornadoes and ice storms).
- Develop manufacturing capacity and markets for wood products that support forest ecosystem restoration, such as biochar, biofuel, mulch, and soil amendments.
The WPM grants are projects selected on a competitive basis. These projects can be explored from the WPM funded projects searchable database.