All levels of government in British Columbia are leading by example, showcasing what’s possible with wood construction and demonstrating the importance of sustainable building.
Through its Wood First Act, the province of BC encourages public institutions to consider using wood in construction where appropriate. Since the act was introduced about a decade ago, more than 50 BC municipalities have adopted wood-first resolutions, policies or bylaws—promoting locally sourced timber construction as a way to take action against climate change.
Wood has become the predominant structural and finishing material for fire halls, municipal buildings, police stations and libraries throughout the province. Wood harvested from sustainably managed forests has many inherent benefits; it’s a sturdy building material, a natural insulator, good for health and well-being, and fast and efficient for construction.
Former City of Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis said he wants people to see the many benefits and beauty of wood—and to understand that it’s a safe and durable material we can use with confidence.
“Living in British Columbia and understanding our connection both economically and socially around wood is really important,” said Garis. “It’s everywhere and it’s a large part of who we are.”