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.


2015 International Wood Symposium

Value, Quality and Efficiency: Taking Design and Construction to the Next Level

Date: January 29, 2015
Time: 7:30am – 8:15am Registration & Continental Breakfast 8:15am – 4:45pm Symposium I 4:45pm – 6:15pm Reception
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre – West, 1055 Canada Place, Level 2
Registration: $249. including hot lunch and reception (one beverage ticket incl.) – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

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CTV Report: Mid-Rise Wood Buildings Coming to Ontario

Marianne Berube, Executive Director of Ontario Wood WORKS! speaks to Linda Holmes from CTV on September 29, 2014, regarding the building code changes (OBC) announced by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing that will permit wood frame construction up to six storeys in height in Ontario beginning January 1, 2015.

Prairie Wood Design Awards 2015

You are invited to submit your nominations!

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Nominations close January 23, 2015

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Ontario Creating More Choice for Wood Frame Construction

Province Allowing Wood Frame Buildings up to Six Storeys

September 23, 2014 10:50 A.M.  – Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Ontario is introducing safer, more flexible and affordable design options for the construction of wood frame buildings.  Through changes to the Ontario Building Code, wood frame buildings can now be built up to six storeys high, raising the limit from four storeys.  The changes give builders a safe option that can help make building a home more affordable and support more attractive, pedestrian-oriented buildings that enhance streetscapes while continuing to protect the safety of residents and firefighters.

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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.