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Construction of Brock Commons Tallwood House is near completion with many lessons learned. Once complete, Brock Commons will the tallest contemporary mass...

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Brock Commons Tallwood House showcases innovations in the application of engineered wood products and in design and construction practices. Outcomes of the...

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A unique feature of Brock Commons’ design and construction processes was the intensive use of virtual design and construction (VDC) tools and methods....

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With the innovative use of mass timber in its academic and operational buildings, the University of British Columbia (UBC) is at the forefront of revitalizing...

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British Columbia’s (B.C.) and Canada’s forests and forest products play an important role in helping mitigate climate change. Growing forests reduce greenhouse...

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British Columbia’s world-leading sustainable forest management is backed by rigorous laws and independent forest certification. This leadership was confirmed...

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Brock Commons Phase 1 is an 18-storey hybrid mass timber residence under construction at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The building will be...

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"Amber" is a design project started by two students at Emily Carr University of Art + Design that explores the emotional connections we have with wood and aims...

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Brock Commons is one of the University’s five high-rise, mixed-use, residential complexes that provide housing for students while acting as academic and...

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The University of British Columbia is located on a forested peninsula on the west side of Vancouver. It is a community of academic, residential, commercial,...

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Brock Commons is one of the University of British Columbia's five high-rise, mixed-use, residential complexes that provide housing for students while acting as...

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A comprehensive suite of storyboards featuring facts and information about the design and pre-construction of the Brock Commons building.

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Brock Commons Phase 1 is an 18-storey mass timber hybrid residence under construction at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The building will be...

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Brock Commons is an innovative tall wood student residence under construction at the University of British Columbia (UBC), scheduled to be finished in 2017....

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This graphic explains the carbon cycle of sustainable forest management and wood products. Growing forests absorb carbon dioxide and relsease oxygen. When...

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Demonstrates the wide variety of quality forest products British Columbia has to meet any structural or finishing need.

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Many factors contribute to a physically healthy indoor environment, including plentiful natural light, adequate fresh air ventilation,maintenance of...

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Canada’s immense forest land base means it has an important role to play in responding to the urgent issue of climate change. Its sustainable forest management...

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Western red cedar grows at low-to-mid elevations along the Coast and in the wet belt of the Interior, where the climate is cool, mild and moist. It is a large...

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This report introduces prefabricated industrial timber buildings and the wide variety of applications for this building structure. With newly developed...

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This study addresses “mid-rise” multi-family residential buildings which typically comprise 3 – 6 storey condominium or apartment buildings. Mid-rise...

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During the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the Richmond Oval hosted long track speed skating competitions and a variety of other events. ...

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The Percy Norman Aquatic Centre forms part of the Riley Park Community Centre in Vancouver’s Hillcrest Park. During the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter...

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In 1992, six per cent of British Columbia’s land base was protected. Today, more than 14.8 per cent is fully protected, and much more of British Columbia’s...

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Advancements in wood technology, systems and products, together with performance-based building codes have fueled interest in building with mass timber in mid-...

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People spend as much as 90 per cent of their time inside buildings, and for children, adolescents and an increasing number of young adults, most of this time...

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Designing for durability and adaptability is critical to secure the greatest value for the net energy embodied in building materials. Wood structures are...

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Sitka spruce grows along the Coast in a narrow band. It is most common along the coastal fog-belt and river and stream flood plains. It attains its best...

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Over the past several years, a number of tall wood projects have been completed around the world, demonstrating successful applications of mass timber...

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The magic of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games may have ended when the torch was extinguished – but the legacy lives on through the spectacular wood...

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The City of North Vancouver Civic Centre Renovation is a showcase for wood innovation, with state-of-the-art design fabrication behind the roof panel system,...

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A study by The Athena Institute and FPInnovations that shows the carbon footprint of four wood products manufactured in Canada and delivered to the UK. * For a...

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Red alder is the most plentiful hardwood on the Coast of British Columbia, though hardwoods make up only 5.4% of the province’s total growing stock. It is a...

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Innovative new technologies and building systems have enabled longer wood spans, taller walls and higher buildings, contributing to a wider range of wood...

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The Vancouver Convention centre expansion was a 1.1 million-ft2 (100,000 m2) project that achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (leed®)...

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Highlights the environmental attributes of Canadian forest products and the achievements of the country's forest industry with respect to climate change.

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This report contains information and guidelines for stakeholders who plans to build a hoackey arena. It is addressed to a wider audience with limited...

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British Columbia’s forests are a global treasure– from the dry ponderosa pine forests in the southern interior to the boreal forest in the northeast to the...

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Woodland Caribou are a species of deer. They are associated with northern, cold and snowy climates. Woodland Caribou in B.C. include three ecotypes or groups...

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Using wood products that store carbon instead of building materials that require large amounts of fossil fuel energy to manufacture can help to reduce...

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Western larch grows in valleys and on the lower slopes of mountains in the southern Interior of British Columbia. As it is intolerant to shade it does well in...

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Summarizes the agreement between First Nations, the Province of B.C., industry and environmental groups in British Columbia's globally unique Great Bear...

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Graham Finch shares the basic principles of wood construction in mid-rise buildings. Innovative new technologies and building systems have enabled longer wood...

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Wood can be used in many types of buildings, from single-family homes to multi-story condominiums and offices, schools, health facilities, recreational centers...

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The ultimate goal of a green design is to achieve sustainability and open up new opportunities to design and build structures that use less energy, water and...

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Nita Lake Lodge is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler, British Columbia, a world-class ski destination in the heart of the province’s Coast...

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British Columbia’s forests offer countless social benefits, including recreational enjoyment and economic opportunities. The views of British Columbians are...

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The University of British Columbia's Earth Sciences Building has an extensive and innovative use of cross laminated timber. The facility has two five-storey...

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naturally:wood presents structural design and transportation featuring the Brentwood Town Centre Station, Lansdowne Station and the Kingsway Pedestrian Bridge...

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Responsible resource management is essential if we are to reach the goal of true sustainable development. Sometimes this will mean using less, but it will...

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Ponderosa pine is the characteristic tree of the southern Interior of British Columbia. It is the largest of the western pine species, and is found on semi-...

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Forests play a critical role in filtering and renewing our air. Trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O), and release oxygen (O2). The carbon absorbed...

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Summarizes the third-party forest certification standards in B.C. CSA-SFM, FSC, PEFC and SFI.

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Set to become a cultural hub for the 3,000 residents of Elkford, the Elkford Community Conference Centre is expected to enhance the community's ability to...

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In the international marketplace, jurisdictions are increasingly specifying forest certification requirements, backed by Chain of Custody (CoC), in their green...

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Bigleaf maple is the largest maple in Canada, and it only grows in the southwest corner of British Columbia. On good sites it can reach 36 metres in height and...

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Innovative new technologies and building systems have enabled longer wood spans, taller walls and higher buildings, contributing to a wider range of wood...

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British Columbia is renowned internationally for the quality and innovative use of wood in architecture. From the earliest First Nations longhouse to the...

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The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre was created to preserve the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations cultures and share them with others. The building is designed to...

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An independent ground-breaking study conducted by Dr. Cashore, a professor at Yale University, comparing Canada۪s environmental forest practice regulations...

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The Building Green with Wood Toolkit is a resource when considering building rating systems, maximizing LEED points using wood, codes and any other green-...

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The boreal region encircles the upper portion of the northern hemisphere and contains one-third of the world’s forests. The forests in the boreal region are...

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People spend as much as 90 per cent of their time inside buildings, and for children, adolescents and an increasing number of young adults, most of this time...

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While a building’s operation over time has the greatest environmental impact, there is also energy consumed in extracting, manufacturing and transporting the...

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Western hemlock is the single most plentiful tree species on the coast of British Columbia. It grows along both the east and west sides of the Coast Range,...

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Liam Dewar discusses mid-rise buildings in the UK which utilizes CLT as the structural system. Innovative new technologies and building systems have enabled...

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In the context of climate change, sustainably managed forests -- and the products derived from them -- play an essential mitigating role. Forests are one of...

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This 8 minute video shows how British Columbia's sustainable forest management serves the needs of our people, our environment and our customers worldwide.

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The John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse is located in Richmond, British Columbia on the Middle Arm of the tidal estuary of the Fraser River and is accessed through a...

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British Columbia has long been recognized as a transportation hub and a pivotal point for the movement of goods between North America and the Pacific Rim....

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When it comes to mid-rise development, architects have a code-compliant, cost-effective resource in wood. Over the years, wood frame construction has shown...

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The Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) expansion is a project that achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum certification. As the...

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Wood buildings of all sizes and types can be easily designed to meet or surpass energy standards in any climate.  Due to its cellular structure and lots of...

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Lodgepole pine is the single most plentiful tree species in British Columbia. It grows throughout most of the Interior of the province from mid-elevation to...

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Canada's sustainable forest management standards are internationally recognized as among the most rigorous in the world.

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British Columbia has a wide-ranging response to the mountain pine beetle epidemic, which is expected to run its course by 2021. The province is focused on...

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The North Shore Credit Union Environmental Learning Centre (ELC) is an addition to the North Vancouver Outdoor School (NVOS) located in Brackendale near...

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Yellow-cedar grows along British Columbia’s coastal region. It is a medium-sized tree growing up to 24 metres tall and 90 cm in diameter when mature. It often...

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Innovative new technologies and building systems have enabled longer wood spans, taller walls and higher buildings, contributing to a wider range of wood...

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Cross-laminated timber (CLT) has gained traction since 2000 in the emerging green building movement. Engineered wood products offer a strong combination of...

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The Squamish Adventure Centre is a combined visitor centre, outdoor sports museum and economic development office. On the outskirts of Squamish, British...

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A study conducted by Indufor Oy that examines the linkages between forest regulation and forest certification around the world. The resulting report,...

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University of British Columbia (UBC) policies and guidelines have adopted stringent sustainability performance criteria that all building projects and...

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Evidence-based design points to the use of wood construction, both as an interior and structural building material, to promote health and well-being in health...

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Green building supports a built environment that is socially, environmentally and economically responsible. These are the three pillars of sustainable...

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Subalpine fir grows throughout most of the British Columbia Interior from mid- to high elevations. It is a medium-sized tree, on average 20 to 35 metres in...

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The Government of British Columbia’s Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) in the City of Prince George showcases B.C.’s expertise and global reputation as...

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In keeping with its own sustainable development policies, the District of West Vancouver wanted the Gleneagles Community Centre facility to embody leading-edge...

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Hubert Rhomberg discusses his experience of building the CREE LifeCycle Tower, an eight-storey building that was constructed in 8 days located in Austria....

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A summary report FPInnovations that reviews 66 international scientific studies regarding the greenhouse gas impacts of wood products compared to non-wood...

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A native British Columbian species, this tree is easily recognized by its smooth, white peeling bark. Intolerant of shade, white birch thrives on burned-over...

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Mid-rise construction (four to six storeys) is becoming increasingly popular as a means of boosting densification, containing urban sprawl, and respecting...

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This project combined the refurbishment of an original 25-year-old aquatic facility with the addition of a leisure pool, accessible hot pool, 65ft (20m)...

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The Hillcrest Aquatic Centre forms part of the new Riley Park Community Centre in Vancouver's Hillcrest Park. During the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter...

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Life cycle assessment is a performance-based approach to assessing the impacts building choices have on the environment. LCA can be used to analyze potential...

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Douglas-fir is one of the best known wood species in the world. In British Columbia there are two varieties of Douglas-fir, Coastal and Interior. The Coastal...

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In cities across North America, the low-density sprawl that has characterized development since the mid-20th century is giving way to a growing landscape of...

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Learn how B.C.'s forests are a reliable source of wood and paper products from sustainable and legal sources.

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The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) at UBC is one of the flagship projects of the university's Campus as a Living Laboratory...

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Product directories, rating systems and other tools are available to support design and construction decisions. However, these must be evaluated carefully to...

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Western white pine is commonly found in the drier parts of Vancouver Island, the adjacent mainland Coast and in the wetter parts of the southern Interior,...

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Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) is an outdoor retail cooperative with over four million members and annual sales of more than $300 million. MEC’s commitment to...

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The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), located in Vancouver, British Columbia, is an interdisciplinary academic centre; the building is...

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British Columbia (B.C.), Canada is an international leader in sustainable forest management. In B.C., 200 million seedlings are planted per year. To date, B.C...

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The Richmond Olympic Oval was a signature structure for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and is a precedent-setting example of advanced wood engineering and...

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British Columbia is recognized as a global leader in sustainable forest management, meeting the environmental, social and economic needs of current and future...

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When completed, the WIDC will be the tallest contemporary wood building in North America, building on B.C.'s expertise and global reputation as an innovative...

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The warmth, versatility and durability of wood led Michael Green, Principal of mgb Architecture & Design, to specify wood for the Prince George and Ottawa...

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Green building objectives are broader than just environmental effects, and have come to embrace human health issues as well, including performance. In the...

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Engelmann spruce occurs at high elevations and interbreeds with white spruce in areas where their ranges overlap, and they are referred to as Interior spruce....

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The Wood Innovation & Design Centre, located prominently in downtown Prince George in north-central British Columbia, and completed in October 2014, is a...

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A publication that examines the environmental benefits of building with wood.

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Situated on a forested peninsula on the westernmost point of Vancouver, Canada along the Pacific coast, the University of British Columbia campus is a 1,001...

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With growing pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment, building designers are increasingly being called upon to balance functionality...

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Trembling aspen – grouped together with balsam poplar – makes up approximately 3 to 4% of British Columbia’s forests. The tree often appears in pure stands and...

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The University of British Columbia (UBC) is applying a sustainability “gradient” framework where each new capital project is intended to exceed the performance...

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The resort municipality of Whistler is nestled in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, about 75 miles (125 km) north of Vancouver. The Whistler Public...

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The Building Green with Wood Toolkit is a resource when considering building rating systems, codes and any other green-related initiatives. This PDF includes...

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Amabilis fir is a tall straight tree found in coastal forests of British Columbia above 300 metres elevation, although in the north it may grow at sea level....

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The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) is the tallest wood building in Prince George and the tallest contemporary wood building in North America....

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Highlights life cycle assessment (LCA) in the building process and how wood is a carbon-neutral building material. Discusses how to include LCA in your design...

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Discusses how wood is an ideal product for acoustics, how to include acoustical performance into your design, procedures you need to take to do so and...

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Discusses how to include salvaged materials in your design, the procedures to take and resources to help you.

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Highlights how wood products can help indoor air quality. Includes how-to information, procedures you need to take and resources to help you.

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Highlights how to include products containing recycled material into your design, the procedures to take and resources to help you.

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This 5-storey building utilizes a hybrid wood composite floor panels, significant CLT elements and an elegant cantilevered glulam staircase, effectively...

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Discusses why a durable high-performance wood building envelope adds value. Provides information on how consider durability into your design, the procedures...

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Links to a wide variety of information sources on building green with wood.

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Discusses passive design and framing techniques. Highlight how to include wood in passive design, the procedures to take and resources to help you.

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Highlights forest and chain-of-custody certification. Discusses how to include certified wood into your projects, the procedures you need to take and...

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Discusses how to include locally produced materials in your design, the steps you need to take and resources to help you.

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Discusses how wood-based materials can be diverted from landfill and reused for a variety of different uses. Information on how to include construction waste...

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