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When completed, the WIDC will be the tallest contemporary wood building in North America, building on B.C.'s expertise and global reputation as an innovative leader in wood construction, engineered wood products and design.
The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) is the tallest wood building in Prince George and the tallest contemporary wood building in North America.
The Building Green with Wood Toolkit is a resource when considering building rating systems, maximizing LEED points using wood, codes and any other "green"-related initiatives. This PDF includes all 10 Wood Specification - Green Building Rating System Guides.
Describes British Columbia’s forest practices and policies.
Brock Commons Phase 1 is an 18-storey mass timber hybrid residence under construction at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The building is comprised of 17 storeys of mass timber construction above one storey of concrete and two concrete stair cores.
The University of British Columbia (UBC) is at the forefront of revitalizing wood construction. Integrating wood into its buildings, reflects UBC’s commitment to sustainability and pioneering new building technologies.
Case study featuring the comprehensive design modelling process for Brock Commons Phase 1 at UBC.
High-level overview of the Brock Commons Phase 1 Student Residence at UBC featuring design and preconstruction of the building.
Case study featuring information on the code compliance process for Brock Commons Phase 1 at UBC.
Summarizes the role of B.C.’s forests and forest products in mitigating climate change.
A comprehensive suite of storyboards featuring facts and information about the design and pre-construction of the Brock Commons building.
Explains the Carbon Cycle of Sustainable Forest Management and Wood Products
An overview of the Brock Commons Phase 1 innovative tall wood building.
The school is designed for maximum flexibility, with a primary post and beam structure enabling non-loadbearing partitions to be reconfigured should the requirements of the program change.
This new facility is designed to accommodate both international swim meets and a wide variety of water-related community activities.
This project is located on the traditional territory of the Cowichan Tribes and provides fully accessible assisted living accommodation for 54 seniors.
Constructed on land donated by the Shishalh First Nation, the design approach was inspired by Aboriginal traditions that integrate both the natural environment and the local community into the healing process.
The primary purpose of the Pacific Autism Family Centre is to consolidate state-of-the-art resources and research into a knowledge hub to better address the growing challenge of Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
This two-storey community centre is located at the heart of the new Wesbrook Place neighbourhood on the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia.
Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon provides a home away from home for 73 out-of-town families whose children are receiving treatment for serious illnesses.
Describes how third-party certification demonstrates the rigour of B.C.’s forest management laws and world-class sustainable forest management record.
Internationally acclaimed sand artist Alexandra Konofalskay from Belarus uses her remarkable technique to trace the journey of wood from forest to mill, to architect's office, to three examples of innovative use of wood in building design: the Richmond Olympic Oval in British Columbia, the Murray Grove building in London, England, and Arena Stage in Washington, DC.
MEC's commitment to sustainability and the natural environment includes green building and selecting innovative mass timber products as the primary building material for its new head office.
Summarizes the agreement between First Nations, the Province of B.C., industry and environmental groups in British Columbia's globally unique Great Bear Rainforest.
The use of natural materials such as wood enhance the quality of the interior environment.
This centre is designed using exposed wood beams and columns throughout the building’s interior and exterior.
The visual appeal of this school is its modern design, highlighted by the warmth of the wood features.
Light wood-frame construction with some pre-engineered elements was the most cost effective solution for this school.
This sports arena features contemporary wood aesthetic throughout the building to provide warmth and desirable acoustic qualities.
Throughout the library, wood is used to create warm and inviting gathering places for the community.
By using wood, Energy House offers a warm, welcoming environment and lowers carbon footprint.
This report seeks to draw the link between the use of wood in the built environment and pro health outcomes.
This composite pavilion brings a sense of lightness and agility to the building.
Over the past several years, a number of tall wood projects have been completed around the world, demonstrating successful applications of mass timber technologies.
The beauty, versatility and strength of engineered Douglas-fir is highlighted in the major spaces of this lodge.
By using wood for structural components and interior finishes, this facility sets a new standard for sustainable practices.
This library is constructed using a post and beam system with glulam joists and rafters.
Wood affected by mountain pine beetle was used for the structural roof decking and glulam roof beams.
This centre is a dynamic combination of projecting roofs and angled glulam colonnades.
An undulating wood roof is the school’s signature architectural feature.
Featuring several buildings on the UBC campus, whose construction was regulated by the British Columbia Building Code.
This case study explores the expansion of mid-rise wood-frame residential design across the province of B.C.
Canada’s sustainable forest management standards are internationally recognized as among the most rigorous in the world.
The University of British Columbia's Earth Sciences Building has an extensive and innovative use of cross laminated timber. The facility has two five-storey wings connected by an atrium, and provides modern learning spaces for earth sciences students and leading-edge laboratories for researchers.
Developments in both wood frame and mass timber are bringing mid-rise wood buildings to a new level of affordability and transforming our understanding of what is possible with wood construction.
Life cycle assessment creates a comprehensive picture of materials, products, assemblies and whole buildings developed at UBC.
British Columbia (B.C.), Canada has a long history of using wood in construction. From the timber products used in the heritage buildings located in Gastown, to six-storey multi-family residential homes throughout the Province.
In British Columbia, mid-rise wood frame construction of five- and six-storey buildings has proven popular with developers, architects and contractors. These projects vary in size, scope and style with new and creative ways of applying traditional wood products are continually being developed.
Mid-rise wood frame buildings are designed and built with innovative products and state-of-the-art engineering techniques. Fire risks are analyzed and assessed by experts and safety performance that meets the building code is commonly demonstrated through alternative solutions.
"Amber" is a design project started by two students at Emily Carr University of Art + Design that explores the emotional connections we have with wood and aims to express this in the form of furniture.
Hubert Rhomberg discusses his experience of building the CREE LifeCycle Tower, an eight-storey building that was constructed in 8 days located in Austria.
Liam Dewar discusses mid-rise buildings in the UK which utilizes CLT as the structural system.
Graham Finch shares the basic principles of wood construction in mid-rise buildings.
This study addresses “mid-rise” multi-family residential buildings which typically comprise 3 – 6 storey condominium or apartment buildings.
CIRS is expected to be UBC's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum Building, and is on track to receive Living Building Challenge recognition. It is also envisioned as a new baseline in sustainable buildings, for other projects to strive to surpass. The decision to use wood was in keeping with the regenerative concept of CIRS.
In this video, Leander Bathon discusses innovative elements of the Earth Sciences Building at the University of British Columbia.
Johannes Lederbauer discusses how Interspar, a supermarket chain located in Austria, started developing their buildings with wood construction.
Martin Antemann reviews the technical elements of how a 7-storey timber building in downtown Zurich was constructed with glulam and provides project details.
The use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) wall panels in the Elkford Community Conference Centre is the first commercial application in North America.
The City of North Vancouver Civic Centre Renovation is a showcase for wood innovation, with state-of-the-art design fabrication behind the roof panel system, and an inventive new floor system.
The ELC is constructed with cross-laminated timber (CLT) and features a glulam column and beam super-structure made from engineered timbers consisting of wood laminations that are bonded together with strong, waterproof adhesives, creating an ideal structural component.
This 5-storey building utilizes a hybrid wood composite floor panels, significant CLT elements and an elegant cantilevered glulam staircase, effectively raising the bar for the use of wood in large-scale, high performance buildings.
Wood: an integrated tool to meeting sustainability goals at UBC
The VCC expansion, used as the broadcast centre during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, showcases the products and manufacturing capabilities of the British Columbia, Canada forest sector.
Structural design and transportation featuring the Brentwood Town Centre Station, Lansdowne Station and the Kingsway Pedestrian Bridge.
Aquatic Centre that features a solid wood roof supported on Douglas-fir glulam beams that span up to 130 ft (43 m) across the main pool area.
Healthy, durable and naturally beautiful, wood enhances our learning environments both physically and psychologically.
People spend as much as 90 per cent of their time inside buildings. Given this situation, it is clear that the design of our indoor environments is of critical importance to human health. This video explores how wood was used as a structural building material in three educational facilities.
Learn about the different ecotypes/groups of Woodland Caribou in B.C.
A natural choice for enhancing human well-being.
Wood: an integral part of a net-positive building.
Discusses how to include locally produced materials in your design, the steps you need to take and resources to help you.
Demonstrating Wood's Carbon Benefits: A Carbon Footprint of Four Canadian Wood Products Delivered to the UK Research ReportDemonstrating Wood's Carbon Benefits: A Carbon Footprint of Four Canadian Wood Products Delivered to the UK Research Report
A study by The Athena Institute and FPInnovations that shows the carbon footprint of four wood products manufactured in Canada and delivered to the UK. * For a copy of the full report, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discusses passive design and framing techniques. Highlight how to include wood in passive design, the procedures to take and resources to help you.
Wood products are an excellent choice to reduce the impact of buildings on the environment. This 10 minute video demonstrates the environmental benefits of building with wood.
Highlights how to include products containing recycled material into your design, the procedures to take and resources to help you.
A summary report FPInnovations that reviews 66 international scientific studies regarding the greenhouse gas impacts of wood products compared to non-wood products.
Discusses how to include salvaged materials in your design, the procedures to take and resources to help you.
Learn how British Columbia forests and forest products help mitigate climate change.
The Building Green with Wood Toolkit is a resource when considering building rating systems, codes and any other "green"-related initiatives. This PDF includes all 13 Modules of the Toolkit.
The long track speed skating venue during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, learn about the inspiration for choosing wood as the building material for this project.
The Building Green with Wood Toolkit is a resource when considering building rating systems, codes and any other "green"-related initiatives. This PDF includes all 12 Modules and 10 Wood Specification - Green Building Rating System Guides of the Toolkit.
In British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, 200 million seedlings are planted per year. To date, B.C. has planted over 6 billion seedlings. Guy Lacelle shares his personal story of why tree planting has been an important part of his life.
CLT has gained traction since 2000 in the emerging green building movement. Engineered wood products offer a strong combination of environmental performance and sustainability, design flexibility, cost-competitiveness and structural integrity.
Featuring the Dowling Residence
The warmth, versatility and durability of wood led to the specification of wood for the Prince George, Ottawa and Raleigh-Durham airports.
Discusses how wood is an ideal product for acoustics, how to include acoustical performance into your design, procedures you need to take to do so and resources to assist you.
Evidence-based design points to the use of wood to promote health and well-being in health care facilities. This video features two care facilities and a hospital expansion in British Columbia.
Discusses how wood-based materials can be diverted from landfill and reused for a variety of different uses. Information on how to include construction waste management into your design, the procedures you need to take and resources to help you.
Highlights forest and chain-of-custody certification. Discusses how to include certified wood into your projects, the procedures you need to take and resources to help you.
Discusses why a durable high-performance wood building envelope adds value. Provides information on how consider durability into your design, the procedures you need to take and resources to help you.
Highlights how wood products can help indoor air quality. Includes how-to information, procedures you need to take and resources to help you.
Highlights life cycle assessment (LCA) in the building process and how wood is a carbon-neutral building material. Discusses how to include LCA in your design, steps you need to take and resources to help you.
Summarizes the epidemic and how British Columbia has responded.
The wood-concrete hybrid barriers save about one tonne of carbon for every five metres installed.
Summarizes the different ways wood was utilized in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Past, present and future; the natural choice; connecting Canada and the world.
Reinterprets the municipality’s design guidelines in a contemporary architectural expression.
Inspiring a community towards fitness, wellness and health.
Kelowna's Wood First development guidelines, a desire for energy efficiency, environmental responsibility and minimizing the schedule for construction, all played a part in the decision to use wood for the administration building.
The physicality of the large timbers found in the surrounding forests was incorporated into the design of this building.
Transportation effects of building products.
The Centre's use of wood provides a tangible connection to nature and the outdoors, offering an aesthetic appeal unmatched by other building materials.
Showcases the two-story addition built on top of the university's Old Main building, featuring a unique wood roof.
Using wood for this project aligns well both with UBC's major sustainability efforts and with its desire to be an economic catalyst in the community.
The use of wood in the Centre creates a positive work environment, helping to attract and retain quality corrections staff.
Wood conveys a sense of warmth and comfort that supports the healing environment and improves overall patient experience.
The use of wood brings a warmth, detail, and texture reminiscent of Sechelt's historic past, and it's resonant with its contemporary west coast vibe.
The traditional building approach used in this project maximizes the sustainable attributes of wood as a natural medium for carbon storage, and as a construction material with low embodied energy.
A contemporary showcase for Aboriginal culture.
Innovative wood design in a natural environment.
Why the Canadian forest industry is committed to social and economic sustainability.
Wood creates productive and high-quality learning spaces for students and teachers, and research has concluded that wood interiors reduce stress.
Benefits of wood in resource conservation.
Designed with environmental sustainability in mind, the Remy site is an excellent example of providing innovative housing for a wide range of people, including seniors and those with disabilities.
Using glulam columns and purlins imparts a warm and friendly atmosphere while conveying a sense of grandeur.
The pavilion's rich wood and bright colours reflect well its setting of lush vegetation and inject a sense of delight and warmth, particularly in the winter months.
The building's aesthetic is one of balance between the natural beauty of wood surfaces and other materials such as glass and concrete.
Wood and water, environmental performance for a community pool. Wood and ice, energy efficiency for a dynamic community centre.
Wood was a natural material choice for this project, and wood use and sustainability are a large part of the success of the design.
The City of Kelowna embraced British Columbia's Wood First Initiative by encouraging the use of wood throughout the new building, not only as structural members but as a main design feature.
A unique all wood 1,860 square metre facility combining the functions of community hall, band offices and health centre.
The new library features large wood beams that are fully visible from the top floor, adding to the building's unique design.
Wood surrounds students as they learn various trade techniques for working with wood products and within wooden structures.
Wood was a natural choice for the two-storey school because it offers a lower energy and carbon footprint, as well as being durable, adaptable and versatile.
The extensive and prominent use of wood both internally and externally was a conscious decision from the outset of this project.
Traditional forms work well for this contemporary resort facility.
As an Aboriginal institution, NVIT prides itself on being environmentally friendly; the use of wood was a key element in that strategy.
A goal of the project was to create an environment that would benefit patients and staff, and an important aspect of that was connection with nature.
The use of wood in this project helped create a visually appealing and inviting building.
Links to a wide variety of information sources on building green with wood.
Features the innovative wood design of L’école au Coeur-de-l’île.
In specifying that the bridge be constructed with wood, the Nakusp Village council chose the option that had the most potential to benefit the local economy.
Showcases how wood construction and detailing can create a strong architectural expression in a health centre.
The City of Prince George expressed a desire to use wood in a meaningful way, and use as much local wood as possible to meet their Wood First policy.
Key elements of green design and the role wood plays.
The extensive use of wood in the new marina has created a contemporary warmth that resonates well with residents and visitors.
A dynamic architecture evokes the spirit of rowing.
This school builds on the tangible connection wood has to nature and the outdoors.
The school is constructed almost entirely of wood, employing a combination of traditional light wood frame with engineered wood elements where required.
Learn how British Columbian’s are included in land use planning and community development
Benefits of wood to health and wellbeing.
Learn more about chain of custody.
Green building tools available.
Using wood in many aspects of the facility's construction resulted in an atmosphere in which guests feel welcomed.
A community facility incorporates state-of-the-art sustainable design.
Highlights innovative wood design across 25 B.C. school districts.
About Canada's forest practices.
The extensive use of wood helped create a warm and welcoming learning environment for thousands of students at UBC.
How wood helps energy conservation.
Durability and adaptability of wood.
Commerce, public space and the environment.
Wood was chosen for this project because of its importance to the local economy, the wood building tradition of the region and the availability of skilled labour in the community.
A study conducted by Indufor Oy that examines the linkages between forest regulation and forest certification around the world. * For a copy of the full report, please send a request to email@example.com.
An independent ground-breaking study conducted by Dr. Cashore, a professor at Yale University, comparing Canada’s environmental forest practice regulations with those in jurisdictions around the world. * For a copy of the full report, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wood is used throughout the building as an acoustic finish that also provides visual warmth to complement the building's concrete elements.
A publication that examines the environmental benefits of building with wood.
Showcases the unique use of wood in the Campbell River Airport expansion.
Western red cedar wood cladding offers an aesthetically appealing contrast to masonry and fibre cement board cladding.
Learn how B.C.'s forests are a reliable source of wood and paper products from sustainable and legal sources.
Learn how British Columbians are conserving our forests.
Demonstrates the wide variety of quality forest products British Columbia has to meet any structural or finishing need.
Learn about the sustainable forest management of the B.C. Boreal region.
Highlights how British Columbia protects our diverse forests.
For the BC Hydro Operations Centre, wood is a cost conscious solution that fits naturally into its forested surroundings and shows visible support of the forest products industry in B.C.
Innovative use of wood in a multi-purpose facility.
Features a variety of structural wood solutions and wood-based insulation products.
A unique wood design in an educational facility.
Features the innovative wood design in the upgrade and renovation of Abbotsford Senior Secondary.
The decision to use wood for this project was made to support the local wood industry, in conjunction with the Wood First resolution that the City had recently passed.
Highlights the environmental attributes of Canadian forest products and the achievements of the country’s forest industry with respect to climate change.
A world-class sports facility, one-of-a-kind wood roof.
This 8 minute video shows how British Columbia's sustainable forest management serves the needs of our people, our environment and our customers worldwide.
Wood, concrete and steel in life cycle assessment.
A study by Light House Sustainable Building Centre that analyzes several green building rating systems and how they relate to wood.
Showcasing British Columbia's expertise in tall wood building design and construction.