Canadian Wood Council (CWC) and Wood WORKS! Program Update Regarding COVID-19

 

 

 

To the BC Design, Construction and Regulatory Community,

Please find an important update below from Kevin McKinley, CWC President & CEO, on the operation of CWC and the Wood WORKS! program. Our program in BC continues to be fully operational, with technical and communications staff engaging with key stakeholders across the province from their home offices.

For immediate education opportunities, please visit the CWC – Wood WORKS! eLearning Centre at www.woodworkselearning.com – a virtual platform stocked with over 130 accredited presentations.   

Learn more about our range of services at https://cwc.ca/ and https://wood-works.ca/.  Contact information for our staff in BC may be found at https://wood-works.ca/bc/contact-ww-bc/.

Yours truly,

Lynn Embury-Williams
Executive Director
Wood WORKS! BC

Message from CWC President & CEO

CWC is fully operational and staff are working remotely to continue to grow Canada’s wood construction culture. At CWC, protecting the health and safety of our team, our families and our communities is paramount. We continue to meet virtually with members, engineers, architects, builders, students and others to progress our technical work on codes and standards, and to support wood construction projects across Canada. CWC and our Wood WORKS! program remain committed to providing all stakeholders with continued high-quality services during these challenging times. The following sections feature some of this important work.

Please stay safe. I will be keeping everyone updated on any CWC emerging issues. I also hope to hear from you on challenges that you’re facing during this exceptional period, and how CWC could assist.

Yours truly,

Kevin McKinley
President & CEO
Canadian Wood Council / Conseil canadien du bois

 

 

 

 

TO READ THE FULL CWC UPDATE AND SERVICES LIST HERE CLICK HERE

   

 

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WOOD WORKS! ELEARNING CENTRE CLICK HERE

 

Presentations from Tall Wood Workshop now available!

CLICK HERE to review and download presentations from the recent Tall Wood Workshops held in Victoria and Vancouver!

New technical reports outline viable three- and four-storey wood school building options

The Canadian Wood Council/Wood WORKS! BC are pleased to announce the release of two technical reports relating to the future use of mass timber and/or wood-frame construction and taller schools than currently permitted under the building code. The Vancouver School Board has identified the need for larger 3- and 4-storey schools, and mass timber/light wood-frame provides a sustainable cost-effective option for meeting this need, but this option is not currently included as an acceptable solution in the building code. It is important to recognize that solutions which are not included in the building code can be viable solutions but have not yet been explored or put forward to the national and provincial building code committees.  While two-storey wood schools are included in the BC Building Code, three- and four-storey schools require an Alternative Solution for an approved building permit.

Titled Design Options for Three-and Four-Storey Wood School Buildings in BC, and Risk Analysis and Alternative Solution for 3- and 4-Storey Schools, the reports illustrate viable timber construction approaches that offer the same level of performance relative to fire safety as currently required by the Building Code. It is hoped that these studies will inspire school boards to use wood in taller schools in urban areas.  

Download your copies of the reports below:

Design Options for Three- and Four-Storey Wood School Buildings in BC Final

Risk Analysis and Alternative Solution for Three- and Four-Storey Schools of Mass Timber and Wood-Frame Construction

2019 Wood Solutions Conference in Vancouver


The Wood Solutions Conference
is dedicated to design and construction with wood products and building systems, including mass timber.  This one-day educational event will showcase wood uses in commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-unit residential construction through specifically designed seminar streams, featuring new and current topics and an interactive trade show.  A keynote lunchtime speaker and an evening networking reception provide exciting networking opportunities with industry leaders and peers.

Insights into wood – and ideas for you!

The Wood Solutions Conference is tailored for architects, engineers, builders, contractors, building officials, technologists, planners and developers.  More than 800 design and building professionals will come together to listen and learn; connect and collaborate. This is a conference you won’t want to miss! 

SEMINAR SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED!   SPEAKER BIOS AND PRESENTATION OUTLINES HERE

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 (one-day)
Time: 7:00am Registration I 7:45am – 3:45pm Exhibit Hall Open I 8:00am – 4:45pm Seminars In Session I 5:00pm – 7:00pm Evening Reception
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre EAST, 999 Canada Place *note new location*
Cost: $60. Early Bird till October 14; $75. Regular + Ticket Add-On: Evening Reception $20.
*admission tickets include snacks and a hot sit-down lunch; reception tickets include hors d’oeuvres and one-beverage ticket*
Registration: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!

Why should you attend?   New program.  New information and inspiration!

  • Learn about the newest innovations and trends in architectural and structural wood design, wood construction and building science, including topics such as BC’s updated Building Code, passive design, transformative building technologies, sustainability, fire and prefabrication
  • Connect and collaborate with other industry professionals and international experts
  • Visit the trade show/exhibit floor and meet face-to-face with knowledgeable industry suppliers
  • Join us for an evening networking event
  • Hear thought-leaders and innovators as speakers
  • Earn professional development education credits

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Questions? 1-877-929-9663 (ext. 2) or e-mail Zena Carson HERE

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2019 Wood Design Luncheon Conferences: Registration Open!


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VICTORIA: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 – Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas St, Victoria, BC
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR VICTORIA
KELOWNA: Friday, November 29, 2019 – Delta Hotels by Marriot Grand Okanagan Resort & Conf Centre, 1310 Water Street, Kelowna, BC
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR KELOWNA
Time: 9:00am Registration & Exhibits Open I 10:00am – 2:00pm Conference Program In Session
Cost: 
Early Bird till November 4: $24.50 and Regular $29.50  *tickets include refreshments and a hot lunch*

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL PROGRAM

Don’t miss the Wood Design Luncheon Conference in your area!  Events sell out quickly so get your tickets early!

  • Hear informative seminars
  • Receive expert advice and information about wood products and systems
  • View trade exhibits
  • Network with industry representatives
  • Hot lunch included for all pre-registered guests
  • EARN professional development credits – each presentation approved for 1 HR (3 total)

About the Wood Design Luncheon Conferences
These annual conferences in two BC locations feature presentations on current topics in architecture, engineering, design and construction with wood by experts in wood design and building while suppliers are on hand with their exhibits to answer questions about wood products and systems. The same three presentations are given in each location.