Join us as naturally:wood hosts the Wood Products Showcase February 14 & 15 at BUILDEX Vancouver—Western Canada’s largest tradeshow and conference for the construction, architecture and interior design industries.
Discover our resources and factsheets, including an introduction to Wood Innovates BC, a new one-stop platform providing resources to drive innovation in wood design, building and manufacturing.
A recent blog post by Perkins+Will discusses how they were early adopters of innovative uses of wood during the design and construction of numerous skytain stations across metro Vancouver. Read the blog post to learn more about their decision to use wood, and how it has influenced Vancouver's transit system over time.
Today, countries around the world are acknowledging International Day of Forests. By meeting the environmental, social and economic needs of current and future generations, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, is recognized as a global leader in sustainable forest management. About 95% of B.C.’s forests are publicly owned and less than 1% of the forested land is harvested each year—land that is promptly reforested with native species. Sustainable resource management ensures that our forests continue to be a source of jobs and green building products now and in the future.
The final in a series of detailed case studies on the tallest mass timber hybrid buildings in the world is now available. This performance overview of the 18-storey Brock Commons Tallwood House at UBC assesses a wide range of factors, from the structural elements standards and fabrication, the building envelope and building systems, to durability and fire and moisture protection.
Honouring excellence in wood building and design, the awards gala hosted by WoodWORKS! BC recognized the recent outstanding work highlighted in 14 categories this year. The 18-storey Brock Commons Tallwood House received a record three awards, including the Engineer Award, the Architect Award and the Wood Innovation Award. Nomination categories featured projects of all types and sizes.
The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) presented awards to eight forest professionals from Victoria, Clearwater, Houston, Nelson, and Port McNeill for their contributions to the forest stewardship and the sustainable management of BC’s forests. The awards were presented during the association’s annual conference February 22 in Victoria. Two individuals were also named honorary members for their outstanding contributions to forestry and the profession.
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.
Recognizing excellence in wood architecture, the Canadian Wood Council recently announced the 2017 Wood Design & Building Award recipients. The council said that the selected winners were thoughtfully designed and highlight wood’s structural, aesthetic and functional qualities.
B.C.-based buildings that were recognized include:
Hosted by Western Living (WL) magazine, designers Toby Barratt, Brent Comber and Kate Duncan join WL editorial director Anicka Quin on January 29 at True Confessions of a Furniture Maker. They will share their insights on the process of custom design, including expertise around installations, working with other trades as well as awareness of code and safety issues.
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.