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.


Wood-Frame Construction for Mid-Rise Buildings Symposium and Handbook Launch

You won’t want to miss this full day of presentations by the experts who wrote the new Mid-Rise Wood-Frame Construction Handbook. Based on the National Building Code of Canada, the symposium presentations will reflect the chapters of the construction handbook. Topics presented will be fire, structural analysis, floor vibration, building movement, sound insulation, building enclosure, wood elevator shafts and prefabrication. The day will conclude with case studies of mid-rise buildings from BC and a discussion of mid-rise in Ontario.


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CWC Job Posting – Technical Position, Fire Safety

The Canadian Wood Council, the national association representing Canadian manufacturers of wood products used in construction, seeks a highly motivated and skilled individual to advance the use of wood products as a state-of-the-art building material.

The candidate will be responsible for strategic building code and standards initiatives; applied engineering problem-solving; developing new design tools and publications; and delivery of end products through seminars and media to targeted audiences, including engineers, architects, building officials and fire service.

The ideal candidate will be able to apply the principles and practices of fire safety engineering and/or fire protection engineering; have building code regulations and construction knowledge; and have sound engineering skills. A relevant engineering degree is desired, and professional registration is an asset. A minimum of three years of experience (or equivalent) in the field of codes and standards or fire protection / fire safety engineering is preferred. Ability to regularly travel within North America will be required.

In addition, the candidate should have strong communication skills both written and oral; sound computer skills; an understanding of the wood products industry; and the ability to work in an English and French environment. The position is based in Ottawa.

Interested candidates should reply in confidence by email to hr@cwc.ca before May 22, 2015.

2015 Call for Exhibitors, Canadian Wood Solutions Fairs

The Wood Solutions Fairs are the premier events in Canada dedicated to design and construction with wood and wood products. These one-day educational events, hosted by Wood WORKS!  and the Canadian Wood Council, showcase wood use in commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-unit residential construction through an industry trade show and educational seminars. The Wood Solutions Fairs are the only Industry events in Canada where delegates can earn up to six continuing education credits while learning about the latest industry trends and innovations for designing and building with wood so they are both popular and well attended.  Don’t miss your chance to get in front of thousands of design-build professionals specifically interested in wood design and construction!  Book your exhibit space today for events in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Montréal.

Please CLICK HERE to download the 2015-16 exhibitor application form.

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New Reference Guide Now Available: Mid-Rise Wood Construction in the Ontario Building Code

Ontario Wood WORKS! is pleased to announce the release of their newest document, the 2015 Reference Guide: Mid-Rise Wood Construction in the Ontario Building Code. This free guide is based on a detailed code analysis and report completed by Morrison Hershfield for Wood WORKS!  This new reference tool goes through the new OBC provisions related to Mid-Rise and Combustible construction.  The intent of the tool is to help explain the provisions and provide the user with a better understanding of what is acceptable in Ontario.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF copy of the Guide.

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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.


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.