For over five decades, the BC Forest Discovery Centre remains one of Duncan’s favourite attractions providing education on B.C.’s leading sustainable forest management practices to residents and tourists.
The centre’s upcoming exhibit “Forests Forever” is scheduled for completion in the Fall. Sponsored largely by Western Forest Products, TimberWest, Island Timberlands, Truck Loggers Association and the Island Coastal Economic Trust, the exhibit will showcase the uniqueness of B.C.’s sustainably managed forests and the leading-edge science and technology that is being implemented within the province – continuing to mark B.C. as a leader in the advancement of wood use.
“This Centre is uniquely positioned to reach thousands of people every year and to teach them not only about how communities on Vancouver Island have benefited from B.C.’s forests for generations – but also the strong, vibrant, sustainable and modern industry we have here today,” said Shannon Janzen, Vice President and Chief Forester, Western Forest Products.
The first institutional building in Canada to meet stringent Passive House certification requirements, this wood-framed structure uses just one-quarter of the energy that a comparable commercial building would require.
Forest communities will see more jobs and opportunity from B.C.’s proactive adoption of building code changes that allow the safe construction of taller wood buildings.
The 2019 Wood Design Awards, hosted by Wood WORKS! BC, honours excellence in wood building and design.
Located in Surrey, B.C.’s fastest growing municipality, this facility with its dramatic suspended roof form is the first project to be completed on the ‘super block’ that is destined to become a regional campus of health, wellness and sports excellence.
People spend as much as 90 per cent of their time inside buildings, and for children, adolescents and an increasing number of young adults, most of this time is spent either at home or in school. Given this situation, the design of schools is of clear importance where wood plays a vital role.
Research on wood in the built environment, has been incorporated into Clean Energy Canada’s new report on public infrastructure: Building the Future. The policy primer looks at how smart decisions can cut pollution, save money, and support a clean economy.