Natural Resources Canada has developed a new video highlighting the benefits of wood in building construction.
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.
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.
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.
Traditionally, sport arenas built using structural timber required custom designs. Structures built using lumber were not a viable option for long span structures. These buildings were hard to accurately budget for, and a lot of projects ended up being expensive.
naturally:wood has updated the Building Green with Wood Toolkit with new information on green building rating systems, topics to consider when considering building rating systems, maximizing LEED points using wood, codes and other 'green'-related initiatives.
The Building Green with Wood Toolkit is made up of:
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.
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 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.
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.