Wood in Education

Wood’s advantages in learning environments

The mandate of the sustainability movement has expanded from its initial focus on energy conservation and other environmental impacts to include broader issues of human health.

People spend as much as 90 percent 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. It is clear that the design of our indoor environments is of critical importance to human health—an intuitive conclusion that is now supported by an increasing body of scientific evidence.

Samuel Brighouse Elementary School
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Wood in Education Case Study

This case study reviews educational facilities across British Columbia, looking at their design, function and use of wood.

Design Options for Three-and Four-Storey Wood School Buildings in BC


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