There are numerous benefits to building schools with wood, especially in British Columbia. It can be sourced from healthy and certified sustainable forests, while also supporting the provincial economy and communities across BC.
The Benefits of Building Schools with Wood:
Safe + Durable: Mass timber construction has a proven safety and performance record for a full range of conditions including fire, seismic, and wind.
Building Better: Wood schools can be built quickly and cost effectively due to off-site assembly and collaborative early design processes.
Local Supply: BC has hundreds of wood product suppliers, mass timber fabricators, and experienced contractors.
Health + Wellness: Wood use in classrooms creates a healthier environment, promoting both mental and physical well-being while enhancing learning potential.
Culture + Future: Schools can be a place of cultural expression and celebration with wood detailing creating a strong architectural expression, whether contemporary, artistic, technological or Indigenous cultures.