Virtual Map Highlights Leading-Edge Wood Buildings throughout Canada

The Canadian Wood Council and Forests Ontario kicked off the start of National Forest Week with the launch of their new, interactive digital map featuring wood buildings across Canada. The map celebrates the benefits of building with wood by highlighting select projects from coast to coast. Read the press release.

A Nuclear First for Canada – Wood Used at the Chalk River Laboratories

The wood products industry can add ‘nuclear’ to its resume! The Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) project located in Chalk River, represents the first research campus in the country to use engineered mass timber as a structural material. The new wood hybrid buildings will receive support under the Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) Program. The Program, administered by Natural Resources Canada, aims to broaden the awareness of wood as a sustainable and renewable construction material and to increase the domestic capacity for wood in Canadian construction. Read the press release.

2020 Catherine Lalonde Memorial Scholarships for Wood Related Research

2020 Catherine Lalonde Memorial Scholarships Application 

The Catherine Lalonde Memorial scholarship is awarded to graduate students who demonstrate excellence in their studies of structural wood or wood design. The Canadian Wood Council invites submissions from graduate students in engineering, architecture, wood science and forestry programs, whose wood research transcends the same level of passion that Catherine Lalonde championed relentlessly for the wood/wood products industry. The submissions must demonstrate the direct benefit of structural products manufactured by the Canadian forest products industry. Submission deadline October 30, 2020.

Canada’s wood construction industry is adapting to meet the needs of our audiences despite challenges presented by COVID

NEW! Fire Demonstration Video

Wood WORKS! BC has released a new educational video, Fire Performance Demonstration Workshop 2.0 – Understanding fire design: applications. Changes to the NBCC mean new considerations for fire, with Encapsulated Mass Timber Construction (EMTC) in tall buildings as a new construction type in the code. This video provides an overview of a Wood WORKS! BC workshop at the City of Surrey Fire Department Training Facility which demonstrates fire performance with a live burn of three large demonstration boxes, including one of mass timber, and summarizes the learning outcomes essential for understanding taller and larger wood building fire requirements. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO.

Canadian and American Wood Councils Update Environmental Product Declarations

The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) and American Wood Council (AWC) have released updates for six environmental product declarations (EPDs) for North American wood products. Originally developed in 2013, the updated cradle-to-gate EPDs include softwood lumber, plywood, oriented strand board, laminated veneer lumber, I-joists and glue-laminated lumber. View the press release

Earn Free Continuing Education Units

Earn free continuing education credits from the comfort of your home or office. Visit www.woodworkselearning.com to browse over 100 professional development courses accredited for CEUs by the American Institute of Architects, all Canadian Provincial Architect Associations, Engineering Institute of Canada & BC Housing.

2019 CLT Handbook Now Available

Get your copy of the new, fully updated Canadian CLT Handbook, 2019 Edition. This handbook is a must-have for every professional interested in building with CLT in Canada and beyond!

  • NEW! An extra chapter provides a design prototype of an eight-storey mass-timber building.In-depth, multi-disciplinary and peer-reviewed information on all performance attributes of CLT construction;
  • Includes the new CLT provisions in the Canadian Standards Association’s Standard in Engineering Design in Wood;
  • In-depth, multi-disciplinary and peer-reviewed information on all performance attributes of CLT construction

 

Ontario Recognizes Excellence in Wood Architecture

Ontario Recognizes Excellence in Wood Architecture Winning Projects Celebrated & Announced during OFIA Convention

Toronto, ON, February 26th, 2020 – The Canadian Wood Council’s Ontario Wood WORKS! program joined forces with the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) on February 26th in Toronto to recognize six winning projects as part of the Ontario Wood Design Awards program.

Ontario Recognizes Excellence in Wood Architecture

  • Kenora Airport New Terminal, Kenora, Architecture49
  • Shopper’s Drug Mart Flagship, Toronto, Brook McIlroy Architecture
  • Deerhurst Lakeside Lodge, Huntsville, Richard Wengle Architect
  • Temagami First Nation Multi-Use Facility, Temagami, Larocque Elder Architects
  • King Township Municipal Administration Centre, King City, +VG Architects
  • 80 Atlantic Ave., Toronto, Quadrangle Architects

The awards presentation were part of OFIA’s 77th Annual Meeting and Convention, and were an opportunity to showcase excellence in wood architecture throughout the province.

“The winning projects reflect the sophistication of an evolving wood culture that is gaining momentum in Ontario,” explained Marianne Berube, Executive Director for the Ontario Wood WORKS! Program. “We’re happy to partner with OFIA this year to recognize the design and construction teams that are pushing the boundaries of innovation for wood construction.”

The inspiring submissions for this year’s awards program were a reflection of the advancements in wood research and technology that are diversifying the application of wood in construction. The winning projects are thoughtful in design and execution, highlighting both structural and aesthetic benefits.

“The design and construction teams from the winning projects are revolutionizing the way we think about wood in construction,” said Jamie Lim, President & CEO of OFIA. “Growing pressure for the built environment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has resulted in more sustainably conscious building material choices that align with our members’ commitment for sustainable development – meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations.”

For more information, please contact:

Jamie Lim

President & CEO, OFIA

416-368-6188

jlim@ofia.com

Marianne Berube

Executive Director, Ontario Wood WORKS!

866-886-3574

maberube@wood-works.ca

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