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.

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Nominations Open: 2017 Wood Design Awards in BC

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  • ~ 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

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, 2013 and may not be resubmitted to win a second time in the same category.  Nomination Deadline: December 16, 2016  Read more… OR CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE NOW

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NEW! Wood Week BC

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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.

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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.