An increasing number of health-care facilities are incorporating wood to provide patients and visitors with a warm, natural aesthetic, and a calm, stress-reducing connection to nature.
Research begins to show the biophilic benefits of wood, which suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature. Study results show students who spent time in rooms featuring natural wood exhibited lower stress reactivity. During all three periods of the study, stress, as measured by sympathetic nervous system activation, was measurably lower on average in the rooms featuring wood than in the non-wood office.
The bold, striking use of wood throughout the space — uncommon in such health-care settings— softens the hospital’s institutional feel and creates a calm, stress-reducing connection to nature, while standing up to weather, wear and tear, and rigorous maintenance. As the research on biophilic benefits of wood continues to grow, one of B.C.’s busiest hospitals leads the way in offering patients a comforting, supportive, and healing environment.
For architect and timber advocate Peter Busby, wood is one of nature’s greatest innovations
B.C. forest products are a predominant structural and finishing material for a wide range of transit infrastructure throughout the province, including airports, bus exchanges and SkyTrain stations. Learn more about the use of wood in transportation projects.
Learn about the latest wood design and construction trends within these four building applications while earning Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) recognized continuing learning units towards professional development.
With its wide-ranging use of different wood species, the Prince George Airport demonstrates how a high-traffic building can benefit from the resilience, versatility, durability, and thermal characteristics of wood. These were important considerations for this northern city, situated at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers, which is prone to cold, harsh winters.
An effective insulator with a warm aesthetic, wood is particularly well suited to the demanding atmospheres of swimming pools — as well as ice rinks in arenas. Wood tolerates high levels of humidity, offers acoustic and thermal benefits, and absorbs and releases water vapour without compromising its structural integrity. Indoor pool design has evolved to include ample use of natural light and bold, innovative uses of B.C. wood from sustainably managed forests.
Interview with Darryl Condon, Managing Principal of HCMA Architecture + Design, who has embraced and often pioneered the use of wood and mass timber in community, civic, and recreational aquatic facilities throughout British Columbia and Canada. He shares why wood is often an integral material in the buildings they design, and how they’ve pushed the boundaries of what is possible with wood.
Located in John Hendry Park in east Vancouver, this ice rink was the first phase in the replacement of an aging community centre facility. The rink served as a practice facility for competitors who participated in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and opened for public use after the Games.
A First Nations forester is combining traditional knowledge with new technologies, such as light detection and ranging (LiDAR), for wiser resource management. Discover how Indigenous forestry initiatives can help the future sustainability of our working forests.
January 6 - April 11
Online Industrial Wood Finishing Certificate Course
The certificate program provides participants with a broad understanding of the field of wood finishing. It's designed for individuals who have some general experience in wood finishing and would like to expand their knowledge.
Once completed, participants will have the knowledge and experience to do the following:
Understand why finish is applied to wood and how wood properties affect finishing
Able to identify the best finishing system based on the products end-use
Trouble-shoot wood finishing problems
Design a safe and efficient finishing facility
Starts January 6, 2020 - April 11, 2020. One week intensive practical - April 6-10, 2020
Date: January 6 - April 11
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pmLearn More
Building Envelope Guide for Houses
Part 9 residential construction is evolving and the Building Envelope Guide for Houses has now been updated to reflect many new and expanded industry methods. This includes proven techniques and high-performance assemblies that support advances in energy efficiency and seismic provisions. A new section also explores Insulated Concrete Form construction for houses.
This session will look at these revisions and changes that have evolved as a result of two major code changes, and the addition of the Step Code for energy efficiency in homes.
This event is approved for 3 CPD points and it is also available via webinar.
Date: February 27
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Brix Studio
102-211 Columbia Street, Vancouver
Cellulose Nanomaterials: Revolutionary and Renewable Lecture
Provided by the Department of Wood Science in the UBC Faculty of Forestry, Prof. Derek Gray will speak about “Forest-based Nanocellulosic Materials” and the lecture will be followed by refreshments and a poster session from researchers in the Faculty of Forestry and the Bioproducts Institute. RSVP by February 21.
Date: March 2
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: UBC Forest Sciences Centre
2424 Main Mall St., Vancouver
Wood Construction Costing Beyond 2020: Drilling Down Through Details
With BC’s recent early adoption of the 2020 national building code, there will soon be a surge of taller mass timber buildings in planning and construction.
This workshop is tailored to help these sectors understand the differences in pricing wood projects relative to other materials. Experienced professionals will share their knowledge and experience – both successes and challenges which will inform designers, estimators, contractors and developers attending this workshop. This is the first workshop offered by Wood WORKS! BC featuring presenters with extensive experience in wood projects, from concept through detailed estimating and to final assembly.
Date: March 4
Time: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
900 Canada Place, Vancouver
Our comprehensive Project Gallery contains quick access to a large database of projects. Each profile contains a detailed overview of the project as well as the wood used to achieve the end result.Project Gallery
With growing pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment, building designers are increasingly being called upon to balance functionality and cost objectives with reduced environmental impact. The Carbon Calculator is a free tool that evaluates the carbon footprint of a wood building and provides results that include carbon storage and avoided emissions.Carbon Calculator
B.C. Supplier Directory
British Columbia wood product suppliers offer a wide range of high-quality wood in both construction and appearance grades. Manufacturers in B.C. deliver a variety of commodity and specialized wood products – from dimensional lumber, engineered, mass timber and speciality products, to furniture, doors and windows, pulp, paper and pellets.B.C. Supplier Directory
View our educational resource library consisting of wood-based case studies, modules, guides, videos, fact sheets, research and toolkits.Resource Library
The B.C. forest industry can download and use any of over 2,000 high-quality professional photographs at no charge for upcoming projects.Image Library