CIRS is expected to be UBC's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Building, and is on track to receive Living Building Challenge recognition. It is also envisioned as a new baseline in sustainable buildings, for other projects to strive to surpass. The decision to use wood was in keeping with the regenerative concept of CIRS.
FPInnovations and Sally Augustin, Design with Science,has released a report that draws the link between the use of wood in the built environment and pro health outcomes. While the study of wood and health is relatively new in the field of environmental psychology, a clear relationship between the presence of other natural elements has been established in built environments.
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 mid-rise buildings; five- to six-storey structures thatare more environmentally sustainable and cost effective because of their increased density while still blending with existing neighbourhoods and helping to create livable communities that accommodate growing urban populations.
Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, says architect Michael Green, and build it out of _ wood. As he details in this intriguing talk, it's not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 stories tall (and, he hopes, higher), it's necessary.
The University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) is located in the south-central community of Kelowna in BC۪s interior. The new UBCO Fitness and Wellness Centre (FWC) is the result of a design-build project headed by Kindred Construction in partnership with McFarland Marceau Architects. The two-storey FWC pavilion uses a primarily wood-based hybrid construction system, including the use of cross-laminated timber (CLT).
Signature buildings, research and exchange between design communities, including industry, universities, regulatory officials and research academics from around the world, are identifying a range of technical information that supports new applications under alternative or innovative solutions paths in design standards and building codes.
Three new videos have been uploaded to naturally:wood۪s YouTube channel featuring project examples from Canada and Europe showcasing large structures and mass timber products.
Recognized as the premier event in Canada dedicated to design and construction with wood and wood products, the annual Wood Solutions Fair in Vancouver is attended by more than 1,100 architects, engineers, building designers, building officials, builders, developers, contractors, construction technologists, specifiers, students and professors, and wood products exhibitors.
Date - Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Location - Vancouver Convention Centre, West
The Wood Design Luncheon Conferences are held in various locations throughout the province. Experts in their fields are on hand with presentations in the areas of architecture, design and construction in wood. The seminars are tailored for the decision makers in the construction industry: architects, designers, engineers, technologists, builders, and building officials. Suppliers are also on hand with their exhibits to answer questions about wood.
Kelowna - November 26, 2013
Victoria - November 28, 2013
Nanaimo - November 29, 2013
The goals of this report are to clarify the differences between Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), summarize what is known about the life cycle costs of non-residential wood construction, compare the life cycle costs of wood structures to those of other materials, and review processes for conducting life cycle cost analyses on structural systems or whole buildings.