Wood Design

  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, UBC Photo: Ema Peter
    Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, UBC
    Photo: Ema Peter Photography
    Sail Condominiums, UBC Photo: Raef Grohne
    Sail Condominiums, UBC
    Photo: Raef Grohne
    Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, UBC. Photo: Don Erhardt
    Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, UBC
    Photo: Don Erhardt
    Vancouver Convention Centre, B.C. Photo: KK Law
    Vancouver Convention Centre, B.C.
    Photo: KK Law

British Columbia (B.C.) is at the forefront of new wood products and building systems.  Local building codes recognize wood’s safety and structural performance by expanding its use in a wide range of building types. Over the past six years, construction and design professionals across the province have been building more with wood by taking advantage of new wood and wood-based products and innovative building systems. 

Recognizing urban density needs and the benefits of building with renewable materials, B.C. was the first province in Canada to permit modern mid-rise wood-frame buildings. Following a comprehensive process with public and technical consultations, the B.C. Building Code was revised in 2009 to increase the maximum height for wood-frame residential construction from four to six storeys. 

New mass timber products and systems are being used to construct larger and taller structures. These massive beam and panel products are similar to concrete and steel in strength but are faster and more efficient to assemble and provide seismic, fire and wind resistance advantages. 

Many recent projects completed across the province demonstrate B.C’s leadership in taller, larger and innovative wood construction and B.C. is recognized as a global expert in the use of wood in construction.

View over 60 B.C. projects using wod as a primatry material in a range of building types, including educational facilities, government buildings, health centres, airports and recreational centres. 

View over 20 videos on leading edge non-residential and mid-rise structures.

View over 15 case studies on innovative wood buildings in B.C.