Leadership in structural and architectural wood use by local governments was recognized today at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in Vancouver. Four local governments were presented with awards for use of wood in their community projects by Wood WORKS! BC. The Villages of Granisle and Nakusp along with the Township of Langley and City of Quesnel were all recognized as being exemplary advocates for wood.
"Local governments have demonstrated wood's remarkable versatility in a variety of project types and sizes, from accommodation to recreation, and both structurally and architecturally. We congratulate these four local governments and the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency for their visionary initiatives which resulted in interesting and innovative new wood structures. Wood products and building systems are emerging as the building material of choice for many reasons, including environmental and economic, and it's exciting to note that BC has been a global leader in that movement. These projects connect us with the forestry history of our province, contribute to a more sustainable low - carbon future, and support community pride and prosperity," said Lynn Embury-Williams, Executive Director of Wood WORKS! BC.