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: Early Bird Registration Now Open!

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  EARLY BIRD RATE OF $199. TILL DEC 20th!

The 2015 International Wood Symposium is a one-day event specifically tailored to meet the needs of designers and builders. The program will inspire, educate and show examples of how wood building systems constructed off-site are expanding opportunities to create distinctive and expressive structures.  Off-site construction is becoming integral to innovative architecture, design, engineering and construction.  This fourth annual event follows a sell out program in 2014 and will be another comprehensive one-day international wood symposium designed to inspire and educate architects, structural engineers, design and construction professionals.

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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.

The Wood Innovation and Design Centre is Now Open

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Wood Innovation & Design Centre
The Wood Innovation & Design Centre is the tallest wood building in Prince George and the tallest contemporary wood building in North America.  The six-storey structure plus mechanical penthouse at 29.5 metre-high showcases British Columbia’s growing expertise in the design and construction of large-scale wood buildings.  The WIDC is a meeting place for researchers, design professionals, product manufacturers, contractors and others to generate ideas for innovative uses of wood.  The building will house academic and research programs from UNBC focused on advanced building systems, engineered wood products, interior wood design and applications, and other value-added wood products.

About This Project
The WIDC was designed by Michael Green Architecture and was  built by PCL West Coast Constructors at the corner of 5th Avenue and George Street, in Prince George, BC. The building features a variety of unique construction techniques creating a new model for wood construction that can be replicated in a variety of applications.

More Information Online
To view the construction of the Wood Innovation and Design Centre and access information about the academic programs that will be delivered inside of it, click the UNBC link.  ClICK HERE

To view a video about the structure’s story,  ClICK HERE

To view the B.C. Government press release and more,  ClICK HERE