Leadership in structural and architectural wood use by local governments was recognized at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in Vancouver. Four local governments were presented with awards for use of wood in their community projects by Wood WORKS! BC. The Villages of Granisle and Nakusp along with the Township of Langley and City of Quesnel were all recognized as being exemplary advocates for wood.
“Local governments have demonstrated wood’s remarkable versatility in a variety of project types and sizes, from accommodation to recreation, and both structurally and architecturally. We congratulate these four local governments and the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency for their visionary initiatives which resulted in interesting and innovative new wood structures. Wood products and building systems are emerging as the building material of choice for many reasons, including environmental and economic, and it’s exciting to note that BC has been a global leader in that movement. These projects connect us with the forestry history of our province, contribute to a more sustainable low – carbon future, and support community pride and prosperity.”
– Lynn Embury-Williams, Executive Director of Wood WORKS! BC.
Four case studies and architectural drawings that provide solutions to common issues in mass-timber building design are now available.
Advancements in construction technology, modernized building codes, and a demand for sustainable design are making wood the right choice for a variety of residential and hotel projects. Wood products from B.C.’s sustainably managed forests are also helping to meet the growing demand for affordable housing; wood is well-suited for economical and timely construction — notably in hard to reach places, including downtown sites and remote locations.
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.