Assessment of the Mass Timber Housing Ecosystem in Oregon

A landscape assessment of the mass timber housing industry in Oregon prepared by EcoNorthwest, Trillium Advisors, the Oregon iSector, the Oregon Mass Timber Coalition, and the Port of Portland as part of a planning grant for a Business Oregon Center for Innovation Excellence. The report dives into the modular construction industry, the mass timber industry, the mass timber modular housing ecosystem, workforce and entrepreneurship opportunities in this space, and the potential for mass timber modular housing factories.

Barriers to Housing Production in Oregon

This technical report summarizes research conducted by the University of Oregon’s Institute for Policy Research & Engagement (IPRE). Its intent was to develop a comprehensive understanding of factors that are hampering housing production in Oregon.

Offsite Construction for Housing: Research Roadmap

This HUD report presents key knowledge gaps and research needs to overcome barriers and challenges to offsite construction in the U.S. It covers the following six areas in need of coordinated research efforts: Regulatory and Policy Framework; Standards and System Performance; Capital, Finance, and Insurance; Project Delivery and Contracts; Labor and Workforce Training and Management; and Business Models and Economic Performance. 

Defining Key Housing Construction Terms

This article outlines terminology used for innovations in building materials and the home construction process. It provides basic definitions and highlights some benefits and drawbacks of: on-site construction, stick-built construction, 3D-printed homes, modular housing, manufactured homes, and CrossMod homes.

Oregon Housing Needs Analysis (OHNA)

The OHNA offers recommendations on how the state of Oregon, and its communities, can work together to make real progress in addressing our housing crisis by balancing regulatory authority and shared accountability with incentives and public resources to create housing solutions.

Re-Legalizing Middle Housing (AARP)

A model act and guide to statewide legislation on middle income housing created for state and local leaders. This report outlines lessons learned from past legislative efforts to enable middle housing in Oregon and nationwide. It also describes a model act for middle housing in regards to requirements, responsibilities of the State, and implementation efforts. 

Unlocking the Potential of Missing Middle Housing

UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation has published this brief examining barriers that developers of missing middle housing are facing, the history of missing middle housing, and why facilitating this type of development can be beneficial.