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

With emerging interest in innovative wood systems supported by modern design and construction processes to deliver efficient, affordable and sustainable buildings, a workshop was held with industry leaders to develop case study solutions for common issues in mass timber building design. This report details the phased project including the resulting design solutions from the four case studies.

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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.

B.C. douglas-fir glulam beams used at the CEPT University Workshop in Ahmedabad, India

B.C.’s wood product technology and building expertise helped build the recently completed Centre of Excellence Workshop, a 13,000 sq ft building that houses workshops for students of architecture and design at CEPT University in Ahmedabad, India. The building features a mix of coastal and interior species from B.C. in both structural and appearance applications and is one of the first large-scale commercial demonstration in India to use long-span glulam beams.


B.C.-based firm receives international recognition for Audain Art Museum in Whistler

Patkau Architects, a Vancouver firm led by John and Patricia Patkau, has recently won the prestigious 2018 American Institute of Architects (AIA) award. With only eight awarded to innovative projects this year, Patkau was the only Canadian firm to receive the award for their work on the museum that showcases the collection of philanthropist Michael Audain. Incorporating wood as a principle element throughout the design, the museum brings out the natural setting of Whistler where this treasured collection of art resides.

Learn about the latest in wood manufacturing at the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing open house

Hosted at the University of British Columbia, the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) will open its doors to the wood products community at its annual open house on January 25. It is an innovative opportunity to learn more about the education, training, research, and industry assistance programs offered by CAWP as part of its efforts to promote the success and sustainable growth of Canada’s value-added wood products manufacturing sector.

Terrace House Receives Official Approval

Terrace House—designed by award-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and Vancouver-based Francl Architecture—received official approval to expose mass timber in the top seven storeys of a 19-storey mixed-use building. The tall wood structure, owned by PortLiving, will be located in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and reach 71 metres, making it the tallest hybrid mass timber structure in the world once complete.


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