Our goal is to promote the use of wood and wood products in construction projects, and to acknowledge the contribution of wood-use advocates and industry leaders.



Dates: Tuesday, February 28 & Wednesday, March 1, 2017 (2 days)
Time: 7:00am Registration I 7:45am – 3:45pm Exhibit Hall Open I 8:00am – 4:45pm Seminars In Session
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place  *note new location*
Cost: $135 Early Bird till February 3; $165 Regular (2-day pass including lunches)
Registration: OPEN NOW!

The Wood Design & Construction Solutions Conference is dedicated to design and construction with wood products and systems, including mass timber.  This two-day educational event will showcase wood uses in commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-unit residential construction through specifically designed seminar streams, new and current topics and an interactive trade show. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE EXHIBITOR PROFILES

Tailored for architects, engineers, builders, contractors, building officials, technologists, planners and developers, the conference is a proud part of Wood Week – four events happening over 10-days from February 23 – March 6, 2017.  Also new this year, Wood WORKS! BC is partnering with BC Wood Specialties Group and FPInnovations to deliver an expanded program of learning.  More than 1,200 design and building professionals will come together to listen and learn; connect and collaborate. This is a conference you won’t want to miss!

Approved for 11.5 AIBC Core LU’s; 11.5 AIA LU’s ASTTBC CPD 20 hours non-formal education; HPO CPD’s and and more!

For immediate release
13 years of Wood Design Awards in BC : looking forward to a celebration of wood

With a record number of nominations, Wood WORKS! BC is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2017 Wood Design Awards.  The winners will be awarded at the 13th annual Wood Design Awards evening, to be held on Monday, March 6th at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West). More than 400 design and building professionals, including architects, structural engineers and project teams along with industry sponsors will be attending the evening event. The awards recognize leadership and innovation in wood use, while publicly saluting and encouraging continued excellence in the building and design community.

WW.banner.2015.shortbannerJoin with industry peers, sponsors and government to celebrate the nominees and find out who will bring home the trophies, at an evening dinner and awards celebration on Monday, March 6th at the Vancouver Convention CentreCLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Tall Wood Symposium

Join us March 28th, Registration now open!

Complete schedule now available: Tall Wood Symposium Schedule

Paramount Event Centre

222 Rowntree Dairy Rd, Woodbridge, ON L4L 9T2

Education Session running from 8:30AM-4:30PM

Eventbrite - Tall Wood Symposium

Sponsorship and Exhibits available!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Key Note Address!

Michael Green, Principal, AIBC, FRAIC, AIA of MGA, Vancouver, BC

Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He founded MGA to focus on progressive architecture, research, education and innovation. His work is diverse in scale, building types and locations. With projects around the world and a team of 25 designers, Michael is vested in helping build healthier communities through architecture, interiors, landscape, and urban design. His work includes private residences, retail and restaurants, airports, academic, cultural, commercial and institutional buildings. Michael’s hands on approach includes several public art installations and at times the direct construction of components within his projects. Michael’s and MGA’s awards include a 2014 Governor General Award, IIDA Project of the Year, and several AIBC, Lieutenant-Governor, and North American Wood Design Awards. Michael is particularly known for his research, leadership and advocacy in promoting the use of wood in the built environment. Watch Michael’s 2013 TED talk to learn more.

Hear from members of the Brock Commons project team!

Brock Commons is an innovative tall wood student residence under construction at the University of British Columbia (UBC), scheduled to be finished in 2017. Once complete, Brock Commons will be one of the tallest mass timber hybrid structures of its kind in the world at 18 storeys in height.

Many other exciting sessions to be announced!

Mid-Rise Workshops

Mid-rise wood construction is gaining ground in Ontario. With many projects under construction and several already completed, helpful new information is becoming available for designers and builders in the Ontario market.

Don’t miss your chance to attend one of our two upcoming workshops on mid-rise construction. Click the link below for your preferred date and location to proceed to online Eventbrite registration for the event.

Registration now closed

February 21st: Mid-Rise Wood Workshop (Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, ON)

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON  L7T4H4

February 22nd: Mid-Rise Wood Workshop (Paramount Event Centre, Woodbridge, ON)

222 Rowntree Dairy Road, Woodbridge, ON  L4L9T2

2017 Mid-Rise Workshops Schedule Presentation Abstracts


Wood Week BC: Four events over 10-days this spring!


6 Storey Wood Construction Will Deliver Affordable Housing and more to Halifax Regional Municipality

Garden View, the first midrise project developed under ‘Reinventing Main Street,’ central Dartmouth’s new revitalization plan, will provide much needed affordable housing for seniors and families in the Halifax Regional Municipality. The 20-year plan will see the area transformed from a suburban strip mall shopping district into a dynamic, compact mixed-use community with a variety of interdependent residential and commercial developments. Read the press release.

The Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce – Case Study

Mosaic CentreLocated in Edmonton, Alberta, the Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce was designed to be the province’s first “net-zero energy” commercial building and demonstrate the feasibility of low-energy-use buildings in cold climates.

The owners challenged the design team to deliver a net-zero energy building capable of gaining certification by the Living Building Institute and LEED Platinum. In addition, feasibility analysis favoured wood construction to meet all building science challenges and also provide an enhanced interior work environment.

Construction started in mid-March 2014 and was completed in the fall of 2015 – three months ahead of schedule and on budget.  Click on the image to read more.

Online Learning with the eLearning Centre

Earn Continuing Education Learning Units

Free online courses – found at www.woodworkselearning.com – are self-paced and available 24/7.  Courses feature a prestigious international faculty of Architects, Engineers, Researchers and Educators that present online modules providing you with the most current information on wood materials, design and applications.  Click HERE to browse the course catalogue.


The Benefits of Wood in Building Construction – a new video by Natural Resources Canada

Transcript:  Wood, an abundant and renewable natural resource, is suitable for many types of building construction. Be it residential or non-residential, light frame or heavy timber frame, low rise or mid-rise, wood can be used in various building applications. This is because of the many benefits and positive attributes of wood. The Government of Canada supports the research and development of wood-based construction. A versatile and often cost-effective building material wood can enable developers to build more quickly and more cheaply. Wood structures are strong, durable and resilient. They can be designed to resist major earthquakes and hurricane-like winds. Wood can be used to build striking features like roofs, ceilings, walls and bridges, resulting in visually-appealing structures. Wood building materials are also good for the environment. They are renewable, biodegradable, recyclable, and they store carbon, resulting in a smaller environmental footprint than other building materials. In fact, a typical North American wood-frame home stores about 30 tonnes of carbon.  his is equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by running the family car for over 5 years. Federally-supported research continues to demonstrate the many benefits of wood in building construction. Wood. Good for building. Good for the environment. Good for Canada.