Wood Use in British Columbia Schools

How to integrate wood in BC schools

Wood is versatile, resilient and renewable, making it an excellent choice to build or renovate schools.

It can be less expensive than other major building materials, and studies show it creates safe, healthy and inspiring learning environments. By choosing wood construction, BC school districts can demonstrate a commitment to climate action and the environmental future of their students through designs that meet or exceed demanding energy-efficiency requirements.

Skidegate Elementary School, Haida Gwaii, BC
Photo credit: Martin Tessler
Wood Use in BC Schools Fact Sheet

Find out how wood can be integrated into current school building projects across British Columbia.

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