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.


New Mountain Equipment Coop store in Kelowna will have prominent wood features

Nominations Open for 2016 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 NEW! 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 18, 2012 and may not be resubmitted to win a second time in the same category.  Nomination Deadline: December 18, 2015  Read more… OR CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE NOW

2016 International Wood Symposium

Date: Friday,  January 22, 2016
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.) EARLY BIRD TILL NOV. 26TH – $199. – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

Exemplary wood design: The future with wood products, systems and logistics

The 2016 International Wood Symposium is a comprehensive one-day event specifically tailored for design and building industry professionals, from design teams to building officials and owners. The program will bring together five years of International Wood Symposiums in Vancouver, discussing the future of wood in a built environment of bigger, taller and more complex buildings. Be inspired and learn about expanding opportunities from 6 different world-class speakers and up to 11 expert industry suppliers on hand to answer questions and showcase innovative wood products and systems.

This fifth annual event follows a sell out program in 2015 and will be another comprehensive one-day international wood symposium designed for architects, building officials, technologists, structural engineers, design and construction professionals who are interested in emerging trends in wood innovation.  It’s one event this year you won’t want to miss!  Read more…

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.