The use of wood in schools across British Columbia (B.C.) as a primary building material is increasing as communities, builders and government across the province recognize its value from traditional dimensional lumber framing to innovative mass timber systems.
Wood buildings are safe and resilient, meeting or exceeding the most demanding seismic, fire and wind requirements. School districts can also demonstrate a commitment to climate action and the environmental future of their students by choosing wood, a renewable product that stores carbon.
An increasing body of evidence further recognizes that the design of indoor environments is critical to human health and that building with wood can contribute to our sense of well-being. Studies have found that wood interiors reduce stress, and that it provides productive and high-quality learning spaces for students and teachers.
I think you definitely feel better once you’ve been in a space that incorporates wood. It clears your head. We often have students that just come to the rotunda to be there, enjoy the space, and hang out. It’s open and the wood beams are beautiful and inviting. I think it helps with anxiety.
– Rob Comeau, Principal, Abbotsford Senior Secondary School
With carbon neutral government commitments, the use of wood will continue to be showcased within upcoming schools in the province. To discover resources showcasing the benefits of wood in B.C. schools including the report by Stantec and Fast + Epp, visit naturallywood.com.
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.
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Hosted by the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) and School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA), this technical workshop on robotic fabrication was held October 13 – 17 for students and practicing architects to share knowledge and experience with wood design experts. Using a state-of-the-art eight-axis industrial robotic work […]
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