The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) in downtown Prince George, British Columbia is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2014. The six-storey plus mechanical penthouse structure will include research facilities and classroom space for the University of Northern BC as well as office space for future tenants.
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 leader in wood construction, engineered wood products and design.
A study of thousands of B.C. fires by Surrey Fire Chief shows wood is just as safe as concrete for homes and apartments. The study looked at five types of residential construction used in homes, hotels, and apartment buildings from combustible construction exposed wood joists and wood trusses to protected non-combustible construction using protected steel or concrete.
Mid-rise wood frame construction (four to six storeys) is becoming increasingly popular as a means of boosting densification, containing urban sprawl, and respecting infrastructure limits while maintaining neighbourhood charm and community appeal. The first 150 wood-frame mid-rise projects in British Columbia will use the equivalent of 100 million board feet of lumber and wood products. These mid-rise projects include a total of 202 buildings, of which 58 are now complete.
The completion of the Critical Care Tower (CCT) at Surrey Memorial Hospital provides strong evidence that Canada۪s healthcare sector now recognizes the important role that can be played by wood in the creation of healing environments.
Scientists have now confirmed that this sensationof relaxation in the presence of nature is theresult of a physiological change, a reduction in thelevel of stress-related hormones produced by ourbody۪s sympathetic nervous system (SNS).
The purpose of this online tool and calculator is to provide designers with prescriptive wall assembly solutions complying with national energy efficiency requirements. This tool is meant to provide enough information that architects, designers, engineers, consultants and contractors can quickly determine suitable wall assemblies for each climate zone in Canada with confidence.
Planning for a new MEC head office began in 2008 when itbecame clear that the company was outgrowing itsexisting premises. In January 2012, the City of Vancouverapproved a rezoning proposal for the construction of anew 10,400m2(112,000 sq ft) LEED-certified head officefacility in the False Creek Flats area southeast of the citycentre.
Building Smart seminars, workshops and webinars provide attendees with best practices and up-to-date Building Code information for the construction and design of homes in B.C. Licensed Residential Builders, contractors, building officials, architects, engineers, trades and others involved in the home building industry can learn about latest research and technology through these practical and informative sessions.
An 85-unit six-storey wood apartment is being built on the corner of Skeena and East Hastings streets in Vancouver. When complete it will be the largest Passive House building in Canada.
Across B.C., buildings account for 11 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions, according to a report by the provincial climate leadership team. The report cited Brusselswhich went from amongst the worst in Europe to amongst the best over an eight-year periodto suggest that B.C. could reduce emissions in this sector by 50 percent by 2030.
B.C. seems to be topping out when it comes to tall wood structures, with roughly 250 wood buildings built, under construction or planned in the province. At the University of B.C., an 18-storey student residence is touted to be one of the tallest wood buildings in the world, once complete in 2017.
The search for ways to build greener, more energy-efficient buildings has triggered a 21st century version of the old skyscraper race, but these contestants aren't made of concrete and steel. The recent Globe Conference on sustainability in Vancouver featured a session on how some municipalities are pushing the boundaries of building higher with wood.