From seven proposals, SFPA is one of four organizations selected to receive funding from the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB). Beginning July 1, SFPA will receive funding from the softwood lumber check-off initiative to complete a joint project with the NAHB Research Center (NAHBRC), studying the feasibility of raised wood floor construction. SFPA and NAHBRC will work closely with two high-volume production builders to educate foundation crews on proper construction techniques and help production builders address cost concerns.
"SFPA's proposal includes working with the NAHB Research Center's staff to produce training videos and supporting literature focused on closed crawlspace foundations," says Cathy Kaake, SFPA's senior director of engineered and framing markets. Once barriers to building raised are identified, the two staffs will explore opportunities to reduce costs, produce educational materials and train framing crews in the field. Looking ahead, SFPA plans to expand its network of contacts with production builders and deliver informative tools to more building professionals. "Our ultimate goal is to remove barriers and lower costs associated with raised wood floor foundations," Cathy adds.
At SFPA's recent Board of Directors Meeting, a task group of board members was formed to advise staff and monitor work on the SLB grant; Kerlin Drake of Anthony Forest Products chairs the group. For questions or comments about this project, please contact Cathy by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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