The Government of Canada has made tackling climate change a policy priority, most prominently through its Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Under that framework, the federal government—together with provincial and territorial governments—has committed to “invest in infrastructure to build climate resilience… reduce disaster risks and save costs over the long term.”
The Government of Canada has prioritized increasing infrastructure investment and cutting pollution across the country. The 2016 federal budget saw the launch of the Investing in Canada Plan, the federal government’s long term infrastructure strategy. This plan marks a historic new investment of $180 billion over the next 12 years in five key priority areas: public transit, green and social infrastructure, trade and transportation, and rural and remote communities.
A cornerstone of the pan-Canadian framework is a national price on pollution, which creates an incentive to cut pollution by putting a price on it. Provinces and territories that haven’t designed their own systems are subject to the national system as of 2019. Carbon pricing plays a critical role because it harnesses market forces to the service of climate solutions: as the costs of fossil fuels increase, so too does the demand for zero-carbon technologies to heat our homes, power our businesses, and fuel our trucks and trains. Lower-carbon building materials to erect our skyscrapers, pave our roads, and treat our wastewater will also become more cost competitive.
But now we need to focus on the next step: bringing the two policy priorities of increasing infrastructure investment and reducing pollution together to transform and improve the way government invests in critical infrastructure. Doing so will create less pollution and waste as infrastructure is constructed, and it will ensure our buildings, roads, and bridges are better able to withstand the negative impacts of climate change—such as extreme temperatures and flooding over the long term.
This policy primer will make the case for why we should look to public infrastructure to build the clean growth economy. It will also provide advice to government on how to do that.
—Excerpt from Building the Future: How Smart Public Infrastructure Decisions Can Cut Pollution, Save Money and Support a Clean Economy
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.