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“This innovation has been a catalyst to affect much more than a mass-timber supply chain,” said Hillary Wilson, Forterra’s former director of venture philanthropy. “We are trying to achieve both racial equity and environmental sustainability, creating a system that does not take away from community or nature.”
Forterra formed a cross-laminated timber coalition in 2015 to catalyze a mass-timber market in Washington. Three years later the CLT coalition successfully advocated for a change in Washington’s state building code to allow for tall mass-timber buildings.
In 2021, Forterra successfully completed the first modular CLT prototype in the U.S. with support from the Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge. CLT is the structural basis for high-quality sustainable modular homes.
With prefabricated modular homes constructed out of CLT panels and delivered to job sites prebuilt, CLT modules significantly reduce costs associated with on-site construction.