Four case studies and architectural drawings that provide solutions to common issues in mass-timber building design are now available.
More multi-family developers are discovering that the innovative use of wood and mass-timber construction doesn’t just save money, it can be an advantage that sets you apart in a sea of condos that begin to all look the same. Increasingly, both buyers and renters are placing importance on organic materials, sustainability, and warm, inviting interiors—all areas where wood construction excels.
The Shore is a multi-building residential development located a few blocks from the North Vancouver waterfront. The project includes both five and six-storey wood-frame buildings constructed over a single storey concrete parking garage. On completion of the fourth building in 2017, the complex will include 359 apartment units.
Leadership in structural and architectural wood use by local governments was recognized at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Vancouver.
People spend the vast majority of their life inside buildings. For children and young adults, many of those hours are spent inside educational institutions. Having wood visible in learning spaces has been shown to lower stress and improve concentration and test performance. Along with health and wellness benefits, wood construction is cost effective and often faster than other methods. Learn more about the benefits of building with wood in schools.
As part of education surrounding National Forest Week, this article explores technology as a key opportunity in transforming British Columbia's forest industry, particularly as it can quickly obtain comprehensive information regarding the health of trees and associated ecosystems.
Located seventy kilometres east of Vancouver in the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford Senior Secondary School features wood as part of a major rehabilitation and replacement project.
The Future of Wood Construction Seminar
Presented by Lubor Trubka, Architect, AIBC, this seminar aims to influence the decisions to design and build with wood by illustrating its potential in a selection of architectural projects. These projects will illustrate the ambition to progressively depart from on-site construction to prefabrication of building components in a protected environment off-site, thus limiting the site activities to fast assembly and erection of an enclosed building shell. There are significant opportunities for wood in construction –it is Canada’s most natural, renewable and readily available resource and its inherent limitations are only perceived. This session will demonstrate how to overcome these limitations while advancing current wood construction technologies. This seminar is recognized for 1.5 Core Learning Units.
Register by October 18, 2019.
Date: October 23
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Architectural Institute of British Columbia
Suite 100, 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Wood Solutions Conference
The Wood Solutions Conference is dedicated to design and construction with wood products and building systems, including mass timber. This one-day educational event will showcase wood uses in commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-unit residential construction through specifically designed seminar streams, featuring new and current topics and an interactive trade show. A keynote lunchtime speaker and an evening networking reception provide exciting networking opportunities with industry leaders and peers.
Date: November 5
Time: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre East
999 Canada Place, Vancouver
November 18 - 22
Kiln Drying Workshop
A comprehensive, hands-on introduction to drying technology taught from a practical, real-life perspective and backed with solid explanations into the scientific background of drying.
This highly-regarded workshop discusses the key processes and concepts involved in drying wood. Beginning with wood properties and moisture movement, students become familiar with kiln design considerations, drying schedules and kiln loading considerations. Other topics include drying with air, drying degrade, lumber storage and handling, control systems and power plants.
Date: November 18 - 22
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, UBC
2424 Main Mall St., Vancouver
Sound Principles and Noise Control in Homes
This three-hour webinar will examine site assessment for noise sources and provide strategies to reduce noise intrusion including, building enclosure design and construction to reduce community and traffic noise transmission into homes – including wood-frame exterior walls, window IGU selection and framing details, noise control between units – through common walls and floors as well as practical strategies and construction details to create quiet spaces inside homes and acoustics ratings such as STC, ASTC, IIC, FIIC to support selection of materials and assemblies to meet BC Building Code and health guidelines.
Date: November 19
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Brix Studio
102-211 Columbia Street, 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