Strategy HC5.2: Increase educational efforts to designers, builders, and buyers to improve awareness of locally-available materials.
Where possible, products of the region’s forests should be used locally. There are many advantages to using locally-sourced building materials in development projects. Development projects that use locally-sourced materials result in building manufacturing jobs, workforce skill development, and a greater portion of the economic value of development captured locally. In addition, local materials result in better air quality, since products do not have to be shipped in and out of the region. Local builders and suppliers should work together to promote and market the value of locally-available materials.