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New Ontario Case Study: Templar Flats

Templar Flats in Hamilton, Ontario, has the distinction of being the first occupied, modern wood-frame mid-rise building completed in Ontario. It was constructed under provisions (O. Reg. 191.14) added to the province’s Building Code (2012 OBC) that permit wood-frame construction up to 6 storeys, an increase of two storeys over the previous iteration of the code. The 6-storey, mixed-use project offers 25 modern residential units above three street-level restaurants in the city’s downtown core. Templar Flats brings together the best of the old and new in an innovative, hybrid solution that puts a modern 6-storey building between two restored heritage buildings adapted into a single, unified development.

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2018 Wood Design Awards in BC – DEADLINE EXTENDED to December 15, 2017

~ Nominate a deserving architect, engineer or building owner for an innovative and inspiring wood project
~ Celebrate excellence in wood building and design as winners are recognized before their peers, industry leaders    and media at the much-anticipated annual awards event at the Vancouver Convention Centre
~ Recognize projects throughout BC – and now internationally with the International Wood Design category

New! Prefabricated Structural Wood Award Announced!

This category recognizes creative design and innovative use of prefabricated wood systems, components and modules in a variety of building types and which exemplify new applications and opportunities for this proven technology. The project design must illustrate the uniqueness and versatility of using wood component systems that have been fabricated in a manufacturing facility and incorporate pre-installed, embedded or surface connections.  Entrants must describe the systems used and benefits of incorporating those systems.

There is no fee required to nominate a project.  Nominations are accepted in up to two categories and self-nominations are encouraged.  Projects must have been completed in the past 3 years i.e. since December, 2014 and may not be resubmitted to win a second time in the same category.  DEADLINE EXTENDED to December 15, 2017  Read more… OR CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE NOW

2018 Wood Design Awards in BC – Registration Open!

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Date: 
Monday, February 26, 2018
Time: 
4:30pm Registration I 5:00pm Reception I 6:30pm Awards
Location: 
Vancouver Convention Centre – West

Get your tickets early to this sell out event and join us to celebrate and mingle with the Wood Design Awards’ nominees.  The evening begins at 5:00 pm with a reception giving guests the opportunity to view the project story boards of all of the 2018 nominations while networking with the best in the design industry and enjoying the background music of a local jazz ensemble.  Nominees and guests will then be seated for dinner at 6:30pm followed by the Awards announcing the 2018 Wood Design Awards winners.
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE & REGISTER.

 

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NEW! BC Case Study: Mid-Rise 2.0

Click here to download your electronic copy or Contact Wood WORKS! BC to receive a free hard-copy by mail.

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Putting Wood to Work in BC: A User’s Guide

Click here to download your electronic copy of the guide and here for the insert; or Contact Wood WORKS! BC to receive a a free hard-copy by mail.

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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.

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The Benefits of Wood in Building Construction – 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.