forest to home

Forterra’s Forest to Home vision begins with responsibly harvested local timber. Timber is milled and processed into cross-laminated timber, or CLT. This CLT is the structural basis for the modular homes that will be assembled on the 62-acre Darrington Wood Innovation Center campus before being transported, nearly complete, to nearby building sites in Washington state.
Forest to Home is Forterra’s contribution to creating long-term affordable housing, wealth and social equity through home ownership. It brings attainable homes to overburdened communities, creates new jobs for rural timber towns, replaces traditional carbon-intensive building practices and materials and—under a limited equity co-op ownership financial structure—alleviates the initial financial burden for homebuyers and keeps them affordable over the long haul.

forterra talk forest to home fundamentals

Forterra president and CEO Michelle Connor, along with a team of international experts, explain Forterra’s innovative Forest to Home vision.
“We talk about forests that are managed in ways that maintain the full array of functional capabilities. That means forests that are managed in ways that maintain other values that protect the watersheds, that provide wildlife habitat, that sequester carbon as well as provide wood for building homes.”
-Jerry Franklin, Professor of Ecosystem Analysis, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington


Forest to Home delivers affordable housing from local craftsman and local timber. It’s triple-bottom line of social equity, responsible forest management and economic development made possible by Modular Cross Laminated Timber.


get involved

To support work like this make a donation or sign up for our newsletter below to stay up-to-date on Forterra’s latest projects.

lastest updates

Watch the first all-cross-laminated-timber modular prototype in the US be built!

related news

explore related projects

Scroll to Top
Watch the timelapse below of the build of the nation’s first “modular home” – made of cross-laminated timber, a sustainable new building material.

Make your impact in Washington today and double your impact.

Hurry before time runs out!

Make your impact in Washington today so that people and nature can thrive together in a place where everyone belongs.

Get your gift in early and double your impact!


Sign up for our newsletter and follow us to stay connected, keep up with our work and secure the places you love.