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.


Ottawa Wood Conference

Don’t miss this one-day event about wood design and construction!  Choose your preferred topics from a program of 12 seminars and earn up to 6 professional continuing education hours.  Sessions qualify for Structured Learning with the Ontario Association of Architects. Don’t forget to visit the industry trade show to connect with technical experts and product specialists.

Event: Ottawa Wood Conference

Location: Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016  |  8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Fee: $125 + HST

CLICK HERE FOR PROGRAM – Choose from two tracks of speakers!



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12 years of Wood Design Awards in BC – a special celebration of wood in design and building


For immediate release

Wood WORKS! BC is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2016 Wood Design Awards in BC. There are 103 nominations in 13 categories, showcasing innovation and distinctive design using wood. The winners will be announced at the 12th annual Wood Design Awards evening on Monday, February 29th at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, where they will be recognized for their leadership and achievement in wood use, and publicly honoured for continued excellence in building and design.



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.