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Solving the Lumber Crisis

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Lumber prices have been especially volatile in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic due to increased demand and supply-side constraints. The unprecedented spikes in lumber prices have added more than $24,000 to the price of the average, new single-family home, and nearly $9,000 to the price of a multifamily home since April 2020. Although the housing sector continues to be a leader in the nation’s economic recovery, these sharp price increases threaten housing affordability for all Americans.

The escalating lumber prices are largely due to insufficient domestic production. When prices began their historic rise, NAHB reached out extensively to the Trump Administration, members of Congress and to lumber mills calling for prompt action to address supply shortages that were harming small businesses, home builders and ultimately, the overall economy.

With the new Biden Administration and Congress in place, NAHB is redoubling its efforts to develop short- and long-term solutions to the lumber crisis. NAHB recently led an effort with more than 35 organizations asking Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to examine the lumber supply chain and identify solutions to increase production.

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Escalation Clause for Lumber Materials NAHB recommends including an escalation clause in contracts that indicates if lumber prices increase by a certain percentage, the customer would be required to pay the extra costs.
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Reach Out to Congress

Ask Congress to work with the administration to bring down the cost of lumber.

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Framing Lumber Prices

See an overview of weekly price changes in the framing lumber market.

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Share Your Experience

Tell NAHB how lumber prices and availability are affecting your business.

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NAHB Keeps Lumber Prices in the Headlines

Read about NAHB's efforts through the local, national and international news media.

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Outreach to the Administration and Congress

See how NAHB is ardently advocating for a solution to the lumber crisis.

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Impact of Canadian Softwood Lumber Tariffs

Learn how tariffs on lumber imports act as a tax on American home builders and buyers.

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