Cement lobby pushes against Wood First Act

Last month, the Oregon Senate's business, transportation and economic development committee introduced its own version of British Columbia's 2009 Wood First Act - which requires wood be considered as the primary building material in all new publicly-funded buildings. That follows New Brunswick's decision this past November to move forward with a similar initiative. But meanwhile, in this province, the cement industry is continuing to privately press against the Wood First Act because it reduces the use of concrete as a building material. Last month, the Cement Association of Canada registered to lobby the government to modify that law to "conform with procurement practices which are open, fair and inclusive to competition, to respect the technical, sustainable and economic advantages of concrete, to recognize the local, non-export nature of concrete production and delivery." The industry first kicked up a public fuss about the act in November 2009.

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