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

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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

[email protected]

Marianne Berube

Executive Director, Ontario Wood WORKS!

866-886-3574

[email protected]

Forest Industry Applauds Government for Facilitating Tall Wood Construction

Edmonton, January 24, 2020 – The Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) and Wood WORKS! Alberta congratulate the Government of Alberta for becoming the first jurisdiction in Canada to permit 12 storey wood buildings province-wide.

This change raises the permissible limit for wood buildings in Alberta from 6 to 12 storeys.

“The Government of Alberta is to be commended for taking action to promote Alberta jobs and support local business,” said Paul Whittaker, President and CEO of the AFPA. “By becoming a leader in wood construction, we are adding value to our resources right here. We are also creating public spaces and homes that Albertans will cherish for generations.”

“This is a tremendous step forward for Alberta,” said Rory Koska, Program Director for Wood WORKS! Alberta. “We have seen tall wood buildings sprouting up around the world. With the innovations in wood construction, building taller with mass wood will provide an economic and environmentally responsible option for builders and developers. This announcement will bring an exciting change to the architectural landscape across Alberta.”

Facts About Tall Wood Construction

  • Tall wood construction in Alberta has the potential to consume $40 million of locally produced lumber each year.
  • The market for wood buildings of 7 to 12 storey buildings, in Canada, is approximately 27 million square feet.
  • Since many components of tall wood buildings are prefabricated offsite, wood buildings can be assembled more quickly, with less noise and disruption to neighbours.
  • The world’s tallest wood building is the 18 storey, 85.4 metre Mjøstårnet Tower in Norway.
  • Wood products store carbon absorbed by the trees while growing. As a low-carbon material, wood has significant potential to reduce the overall greenhouse gas emissions of the building sector.
  • Tall wood construction is safe. Wood buildings must meet or exceed the safety requirements for buildings constructed of materials like concrete and steel.

Contact:

Brock Mulligan
Director of Communications
Alberta Forest Products Association
p) 780.239.6890
e) [email protected]

Barbara Murray
Communications Co-ordinator
Wood WORKS! Alberta
p) 780.392.0761
e) [email protected]

Catherine Lalonde Memorial Scholarships Awarded

The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) awarded three student recipients as part of the 2019 Catherine Lalonde Memorial Scholarships – Gabriella Vojtila (Queen’s University), Md Abdul Hamid Mirdad (University of Alberta) and team of Shawn Dylan Johnston and Siqi Wang (University of Toronto). The winners demonstrated academic excellence through their research projects that will have positive influences on the structural wood products industry. Read the press release.

Submissions now being accepted for the Wood Design & Building Awards!

The Wood Design & Building Awards program invites North American and International entries for 2019 -honouring excellence in wood architecture. Submit your projects today!

The Canadian Wood Council Welcomes Kevin McKinley as President & CEO

The CWC announced Kevin McKinley as President & CEO, effective September 30. Kevin is a highly experienced and well-regarded leader, with previous work experience at the Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the Standards Council of Canada. 

Rick Jeffery, Interim President of the CWC, welcomed Kevin to his new role, “Kevin’s appointment will be an excellent fit with the strategic direction of the CWC and the Wood WORKS! Program.” Rick added, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as Interim President and cannot think of a better candidate to fill this leadership position.”

Eric Paradis, Chair of the CWC Board and a member of the HR Committee added, “On behalf of the CWC Board and Staff, we very much appreciate Rick’s service since his appointment last year.” He added, “As part of the HR hiring Committee, I am delighted to welcome Kevin McKinley to the CWC. He will be an excellent addition to the outstanding Staff at CWC.”

As President & CEO of the CWC, Kevin will be the primary liaison with stakeholders and will advocate for the positive benefits of using wood products in construction. Kevin McKinley added, “I’m looking forward to working with Canada’s wood industry and stakeholders. Wood construction is the safe and sustainable solution for development. New and exciting designs in residential, commercial and tall building construction present tremendous opportunities across the country.”

 

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