American and Canadian Wood Councils Announce two New Environmental Product Declarations

The American Wood Council (AWC) and the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) have announced the release of two new environmental product declarations (EPDs) for cellulosic fiberboard and laminated strand lumber (LSL), bringing the available EPDs for North American wood products to 11. Read the press release and check out the EPDs.

Excellence in structural and architectural wood design recognized at 2016 Wood Design Awards in BC

Inspired and innovative designs of wood structures in smaller urban BC centres and mid-rise construction were in the spotlight tonight at the 2016 Wood Design Awards in BC. Included in the awards were many impressive large public buildings including a museum, visitor centre and a diplomatic property located outside of BC and Canada.

 

Engineering Guide for Wood Frame Construction Now Available

Engineering Guide 2014 The CWC publication Engineering Guide for Wood Frame Construction 2014 Edition is now available. This fourth edition is produced to provide guidance to engineers, building designers, building officials, builders, and students on the structural design of wood elements and connections for wood frame buildings that meet the requirements of Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada. The Engineering Guide aids designers in bridging the gap between an engineered design following Part 4 of the NBC and a prescriptive design following Part 9 of the NBC. Coming soon – package deal with online version and print copy.

 

2015 North American Wood Design Awards

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

New UBC student residence to be among world’s tallest wood buildings

One of the tallest wood buildings in the world will soon be constructed at UBC, providing housing for hundreds of students. When completed, the $51.5-million residence building will stand 53 metres tall (about 174 feet). Read UBC’s press release.

Wood Products Industry Releases Reuse Wood Website

The American Wood Council (AWC) and Canadian Wood Council (CWC) have partnered with Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) to develop an online North American directory outlining reuse and recycling options for wood and wood products. The website can be found at: ReuseWood.org.

Read the press release.

Solid Wood: Case Studies in Mass Timber Architecture, Technology and Design

Over the past 10-15 years a renaissance in wood architecture has occurred with the development of new wood building systems and design strategies, elevating wood from a predominantly single-family residential idiom to a rival of concrete and steel construction for a variety of building types, including high rises. This new solid wood architecture offers unparalleled environmental as well as construction and aesthetic benefits, and is of growing importance for professionals and academics involved in green design. Purchase the book here.

Wood-Frame Construction Opportunity

Colin D’Mello has the details on how new provincial building codes could dramatically alter the look of some streets. Click here to see the video.

CWC Applauds Ontario's Decision on Mid-Rise

The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) and Wood WORKS! Ontario are pleased with the announcement made today by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, MPP Ted McMeekin, the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, MPP Bill Mauro, and the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, MPP Michael Gravelle, that Ontario will enact code changes to allow the use of wood-frame construction in buildings of up to six-storeys.

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