"Some architects and engineers say new wood products are making it possible to build wooden structures much taller than had previously been considered safe.

Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture is throwing its weight behind those emerging technologies. Tuesday in Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that his department would put funding toward training architects and engineers in using for taller construction. It’s also creating a monetary prize for projects that demonstrate the new techniques."

"On Tuesday, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the firm that designed One World Trade Center in New York, argued that wood could safely be used in a skyscraper 42 stories tall."

"The real advantages of cross-laminated timber don't really show up until you're building something taller," said Corey Griffin, an assistant professor at Portland State University's School of Architecture who studies structural materials.

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