State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) announced his concern today regarding a possible code revision within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) that could possibly cost the forest industry – a major job market in the U.P. – hundreds of jobs. The revision would favor the use of foam sheathing over the traditional plywood used in building homes.

“Right now, LARA is holding closed meetings to determine whether to adopt an energy code that would favor a synthetic insulation product over a wood product that is manufactured in the U.P.,” Dianda said. “Because this meeting is closed, I am working with my fellow legislators to urge the governor to get involved in the process and make sure one of our biggest industries is not destroyed.”

Dianda encouraged LARA’s review committee to maintain flexible building codes that are product neutral and do not disadvantage Michigan-manufactured wood building products. He also encouraged the committee to make their decision in a timely manner.

“At a time when we are trying to build our economy and bring jobs to the district, it does not make sense to institute a policy that could potentially cost our region hundreds of jobs,” said Dianda. “I will do everything in my power to see that state policy does not give Michigan-made products any sort of disadvantage.”