Designing today’s school buildings demand economically and environmentally sustainable solutions that can simultaneously create safe and inspiring learning environments for educating our youth. This report considers the varying capacities in which wood can meet or exceed those demands as a building material for structural and non-structural applications.
Photo: Ed White | Mulgrave School, West Vancouver, B.C.
Wood is versatile, resilient and renewable, making it an excellent choice to build or renovate schools. It can be less expensive than other major building materials, and studies show it creates safe, healthy and inspiring learning environments. By choosing wood construction, B.C. school districts can demonstrate a commitment to climate action and the environmental future of their students through designs that meet or exceed demanding energy-efficiency requirements.
Providing measurable details about a building’s environmental impacts offers wide benefits. Its primary benefit is to equip the design team with the information needed to reduce environmental impacts over a business-as-usual design. It gives design teams a competitive advantage by positioning them as industry leaders. Clients can use the information to inform their marketing and climate change mitigation strategies.
Construction has begun on the new location of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), at the gateway to the Olympic Village in Vancouver. The new flagship store is scheduled to open in mid-2019, and will replace the current store on West Broadway.
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.
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:
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.
Across the province, communities are incorporating wood innovation in public buildings, helping lower their carbon footprint and providing warmth and natural beauty to public spaces. View over 60 B.C. projects using wood as a primary material in a range of building types, including educational facilities, government buildings, health centres, public spaces, airports and recreational facilities.