Many communities in British Columbia founded on forestry are increasingly returning to their roots by constructing landmark buildings with local wood products, using local expertise, labour, and manufacturers. Learn how B.C. communities are growing strong with wood.
The newly updated 812-page CLT Handbook is the essential how-to resource for Canadian building professionals interested in construction and design using cross-laminated timber (CLT). The free e-copy is now available for download.
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.
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.
Live Webinar: Fire Retardant Wood Products & Applications
We will look specifically at wood products that increase fire protection for home and commercial property owners without sacrificing the beauty and durability of natural wood. This session primarily covers code legal “Class A” Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) products mandated its use in the construction today under ASTM E84 or NFPA 255, and CAN/UCL S102 or ULC 723. This includes extended tests under ASTM D2898(12week Accelerated Weathering with Rain and UV), required in many exterior applications. This session will be presented by an industry professional from Channel-Ex Corporation.
Date: August 12
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLearn More
Live Webinar: The Truth About Wood: The Environmental Benefits of Specifying Certified Sustainable Wood Products
This course will explain the environmental importance of sustainable forest management, forest certifications, chain-of-custody certifications, forestry carbon cycles, certified sustainable wood products, and how to spot greenwashing claims by some manufacturers. This session will be presented by an industry professional from Craft Artisan Wood Floors.
Date: August 13
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 amLearn More
Live Webinar: Lodges, Cabins & Off-Grid Retreats: Designing and Building with Pre-Fabricated Western Red Cedar Interlocking System
With the global imperative to move to a low carbon economy, the way buildings are designed, manufactured and built is a key component. In this session, we will look at the considerations for low embodied carbon and high carbon sequestering buildings, at pre-fabricated interlocking wood building systems and with a specific focus on lodges (e.g. cultural, golf, fishing, yoga), cabins, and off-grid retreat projects.
Date: August 14
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLearn More
Live Webinar: Architectural Wall Panels — From the West Coast Forest Floor to Project Site
This presentation tells the story from the tree, specifically the Western Red Cedar, through sustainably managed processing into beautiful engineered wooden panels for exterior and interior walls, garage doors, and cabinet doors. This presentation also looks at how engineered edge-glued and cross-laminated Western Red Cedar panels can address these concerns, and how it compares with other cladding materials. This session will be presented by an industry professional from Silva Panel.
Date: August 18
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 amLearn More
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
B.C. is recognized globally for leadership in research, development and use of advanced wood products and technology. The Research Library contains a selection of recent B.C. studies, as well as links to B.C.-based research centres and the Think Wood Research Library with 1,500 more resources.Research 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