Nominations Open for Wood Works! B.C.'s Community Recognition Awards

The Community Recognition Awards are presented annually to communities that have specified the use of wood in a local project.

Nominated projects may be cultural, recreational or administrative buildings of any size. One project from each area association will be selected. The 2014 Wood WORKS! BC Community Recognition Awards will be presented at the annual Area Association Luncheons at the 2014 UBCM convention in Whistler in September.

2014 Wood Solutions Fair Vancouver

Recognized as the premier event in Canada dedicated to design and construction with wood and wood products, the 2014 Wood Solutions Fair in Vancouver will be 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.

LEED V4 Shifts Emphasis of Environmentally-Friendly Construction Material to Wood

A report published this month by Dovetail Partners analyzes how LEED V4 emphasizes wood as the most environmentally-friendly construction material and will bring increased incorporation of green building concepts into buildings of all kinds. Buildings constructed in the future will be significantly more energy efficient than today and more attention will be given to minimizing environmental impacts wherever possible using science-based tools to identify lowest impact alternatives. In this environment, wood products can become the building materials of choice.

New Case Study: Wood Innovation & Design Centre

The Wood Innovation & Design Centre,located prominently in downtown Prince Georgein north-central British Columbia, and completedin October 2014, is a precedent-setting building.

At 51,882 ft2(4,820 m2), the Centre is six floors,97-ft-high (29.5 meters). Representing a milestonein mass timber construction, the Wood Innovation& Design Centre is one of the tallest modern woodbuildings, and the first of its kind, in North America.

Athena Publishes an EBD for the Wood Innovation and Design Centre

Forestry Innovation Investment engaged the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute to develop an environmental building declaration (EBD)for the new Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC),a mid-rise building in Prince George, B.C. The EBDreports cradle-to-grave environmental performance for the entire building over a 50-year life, based on life cycle assessment (LCA).

Building Smart with Mid-Rise Wood Buildings

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.


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