A major market for timber and engineered wood products is new home construction. However, it is unclear the quantity of wood products and the specific application in new house construction.
FWPA data aggregation program has robust monthly information of the type of softwood products sold each month. Understanding the end use markets including application in new house construction has been limited.
Research projects have been undertaken in the past to assess the timber usage based on an assessment of the bill of materials of model homes built by project home builders. Jim will provide a presentation on his work.
Jim is an industry consultant who until recently has managed FWPA’s Statistics and Economics Program to provide improved coordination and better systems for data collection and analysis of industry production and trade activity.
Jim has a background in economics and statistical analysis and 15 years’ experience as a senior manager in the industry. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and has worked in various roles within the forest and wood products industry, including as CEO of Alpine MDF and as a director of Vicforests.