Wood Innovation Research Lab Building Research Report

The purpose of this research is to investigate what differences, if any, exist between the modeled energy consumption and building envelope performance of the Wood Innovation Research Laboratory (WIRL) building following eight months of in-situ data collection. The WIRL building was completed in July of 2018 by the University of Northern British Columbia and is located in Prince George, British Columbia.

Wood in Hospitality and Tourism

In the competitive hospitality industry, developers and architects are continuously seeking fresh, imaginative, functional and sustainable design ideas that help differentiate their hotel, restaurant, banquet hall and other hospitality venues from its competitors. The long-recognized benefits of building with wood and wood products from B.C. continue to provide value for hospitality building owners. The popularity of B.C. wood is one of the many drivers adding to Canada’s leadership in wood design and construction.

Emerging Building Systems and Wood Innovation

B.C. architects, engineers and building experts continue to explore opportunities to adopt and streamline mass-timber and wood-hybrid design across multi-family and non-residential building applications. A summary report, schematic drawings and key project considerations for four building types—mixed-use residential, multi-tenant office, seniors housing and commercial mixed-use with supermarket—can be downloaded here.

Mass Timber in British Columbia

Technological advancements in engineered wood, as well as design and construction innovation, have allowed wood structures in B.C. to go larger and taller. Mass timber is a category of engineered wood products that allows for the construction of low- to high-rise residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

Emerging Building Systems and Wood Innovation

Four case studies and architectural drawings that provide solutions to common issues in mass timber building design are now available for download in PDF and Revit. Recognizing there is a need to support early adopters and foster the uptake of mass timber buildings, these case studies will make it easier for specifiers and engineers to incorporate emerging building system methods into their practice.

Naturally Wood

Within the pages of Naturally Wood, you’ll meet British Columbia's wood innovators, read their stories, and discover the lesser-known secrets behind their challenges and successes building with wood.

Wood Use in British Columbia Schools

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.

Project gallery showcases wood use in education

It’s back to school season, and the conversation is turning to school design. Increasingly B.C. is using wood in schools, which support improved performance, productivity and overall well-being of occupants. Find out how schools boards in B.C. are using wood in educational buildings using the naturally:wood Project Gallery –  enhanced with new filters and an interactive map to help target your search.

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Brock Commons - Performance Overview

This performance overview of the 18-storey Brock Commons Tallwood House at UBC assesses a wide range of factors:

  • Structural elements
  • Building systems
  • Building envelope
  • Durability
  • Moisture protection
  • Fire

By also including a cost analysis, an environmental impact analysis and an assessment of inhabitant comfort, the case study demonstrates that taller wood buildings like Brock Commons can be built economically while also delivering community and environmental benefits.


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