2018 Wood Design & Building Award Winners Announced
Submissions to the awards program were thoughtful in design and highlighted wood’s aesthetic and structurally diverse capabilities. The Wood Design & Building Awards program is a unique opportunity to recognize exceptional wood buildings and celebrate design teams that continually challenge the possibilities for wood in construction. Read the press release.
Latest Case Study on Brock Commons Now Available
Wood WORKS! BC is pleased to announce completion of its latest case study on Brock Commons – the advent of tall wood structures in Canada. Read the case study.
Latest case study on industrial buildings is available
Wood WORKS! BC is pleased to announce completion of its latest case study on industrial buildings. Mass timber is making its mark on the residential and commercial sectors, and is now making inroads into a new sector which has long been dominated by concrete tilt-up and steel-frame construction – industrial buildings.
This case study examines three recently completed industrial buildings in BC, each of which uses engineered mass timber products and systems in a distinct and different way. Together they offer insights into how industrial construction might evolve to offer greater environmental performance, speed and flexibility of construction at little additional cost over traditional methods.
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Mid-Rise Best Practice Guide is now Available!
2017 Wood Design Manual is now available!
The Wood Design Manual 2017 is now available! The two-volume publication includes CSA O86-14 – Updates 1 & 2 with CLT design guidance. Purchase a copy today!
Awarding Excellence in Wood Architecture and Design
The Wood Design & Building magazine is pleased to announce the award recipients for the prestigious 2017 Wood Design Awards program. Read the press release.
Canadian Wood Products Industry Supportive of Climate Change Considerations as part of Long-Term Infrastructure Plan for Ontario
The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) applauds yesterday’s announcement by the Ministry of Infrastructure regarding a long-term infrastructure plan, focused on building Ontario up, that includes climate change considerations. This announcement aligns with the forest product sector’s ’30 by 30’ climate challenge – a commitment from the sector to help Canada remove 30 megatonnes (MT) of CO2 by the year 2030. The climate challenge, launched last year, symbolizes the Canadian wood products sector’s ongoing contribution and commitment to a low carbon economy and a sustainable future. Read the press release.
FPAC and the CWC Applaud the New WOODRISE Alliance
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) applaud the announcement of WOODRISE Alliance, a new international body dedicated to the development and promotion of tall wood buildings. Read the full statement.
2017 Catherine Lalonde Memorial for Wood Related Research
The Catherine Lalonde Memorial Award is presented to graduate students who demonstrate excellence in their studies of structural wood or wood design. The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) invites submissions from graduate students in engineering, architecture, wood science and forestry. The projects submitted must demonstrate the direct benefit of structural products manufactured by the Canadian forest products industry.
CWC will be granting two scholarships to graduate students whose wood research transcends the same level of passion that Catherine Lalonde championed relentlessly for the wood/wood products industry as a professional engineer and president of the CWC.
Catherine, a professional engineer, was a passionate representative of our industry who relentlessly championed the use of wood in residential and commercial construction. She was president of the CWC from 2000 to 2003, when sadly she lost her battle with cancer. This award was created to honour Catherine’s memory and to perpetuate the legacy she left to the Canadian forest products industry through her 10 years of work at CWC.
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Article by leSoleil – Origine Tower: When wood withstands a trial by fire
After being attacked by flames for two hours, steel girders soften and stretch like gum. Concrete reinforcements, burst and break. When subjected to the same test, the solid wood panels used to build the structure of the Origine tower in the eco-district of Pointe-aux-Lièvres (Québec) withstood the blaze for four hours. Read the article.
reThink Wood Launches Research Library
Sharing knowledge, Fueling Innovation
reThink Wood values and endorses research that pushes boundaries and helps shift perceptions about building with wood. From stress test results and material comparisons to product advancements and the latest innovations, you’ll find everything you need to choose wood with confidence. Visit the site today.
Fire Fighting in Canada Article – Timber Tower
Article by Len Garis and Karin Mark.
When assistant deputy fire chief Ray Bryant heard about construction of the tallest wood building in the world in Vancouver, his reaction was predictable. “I thought it was an insane idea,” Bryant said. But once Bryant learned about the compartment-style construction of the student residence at the University of British Columbia, his opinion changed. “I couldn’t believe how safe it is,” he said. Read the article.
Mid-Rise Cost Comparison for Wood, Steel and Concrete
This is the first case study of its kind that analyzes four different building types of equal structural and architectural design and identifies the cost discrepancies associated with each one.
City of Saint John the First Municipality in Atlantic Canada to Adopt Wood Mid-Rise Construction
The Canadian Wood Council (CWC), along with Atlantic Wood WORKS!, congratulates the City of Saint John on its decision to adopt the 2015 National Building Code provisions to allow wood mid-rise (5- and 6-storey) construction. Joining the list of other jurisdictions such as Québec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, Saint John is the first Atlantic Canada city to make the decision to provide builders with a new construction choice for taller mid-rise buildings that should also increase affordability. Read the press release.
Reaching New Heights – Brock Commons Tallwood House
Feature article – Canadian Architect
Author – Bruce Haden, MRAIC, Vancouver-based architect and urban designer
The world’s tallest contemporary mass timber building is nearing completion in Vancouver, presenting a pragmatic argument for how mass wood can be used for all types of buildings, from the audacious to the everyday. The new Brock Commons student residence at the University of British Columbia will be the tallest contemporary mass timber building in the world when finished this May. The term “mass timber” or “mass wood” covers an array of approaches, usually referring to a structural system combining engineered wood columns and floor slabs. In Canada, the most commonly referenced technical innovation, and one of the ones behind Brock Commons’ structure, is the cross-laminated timber (CLT) slab, available in a variety of thicknesses for different span requirements. Read the article.
New Permanent Wood Foundations Publication Now Available!
This publication brings together all of the standards and building practices used to build these types of foundations. The new 2016 edition has been updated to conform to the requirements of CSA S406-16, CSA O86-14 and NBC 2015. In addition, updated stud selection tables for PWF which support up to 3-storeys above the foundation, updated selection tables for PWF walls which support even backfill heights (e.g. walk-out basements), updated building science guidance and details, and additional requirements for PWF in high wind and seismic locations are also included. Purchase your copy today!
Wood Design & Construction Solutions Conference
The Wood Design & Construction Solutions Conference is timed to coincide with Wood Week BC – four events across 10 days, driving innovation in wood design and construction toward a low carbon, cost-effective and efficient future built environment. Hosted by the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, FPInnovations, Wood WORKS! BC, BC Wood, and supported by the Government of B.C., through Forestry Innovation Investment, this multi-day program will focus on the latest trends and topics in wood building and design, wood research, innovation and environmental performance with a range of educational, touring and networking opportunities. Learn more at www.woodweekbc.ca.
The Forest Products Association of Canada and the Canadian Wood Council bullfrogpower Head Offices as part of “30 by 30” Climate Challenge
Ottawa, ON, September 22, 2016—Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, is announcing a new partnership that will see both the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) choose 100 per cent green electricity and 100 per cent green natural gas for their head offices in Ottawa. Read the press release.
Tall Wood Building Demonstration Project Reaches New Heights in Canada
Three years after launching a request for an Expression of Interest, through funding received from Natural Resources Canada, for Canadian design teams willing to undertake an innovative approach to designing and building high-rise wood demonstration projects, the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) was proudly in attendance at the ‘topping out’ celebration of the University of British Columbia’s Brock Commons Phase 1 tall wood student residence. Read the press release.
2015 Wood Design Manual is now available!
The Wood Design Manual is the essential wood design publication. The 2015 edition (published 2016) is updated in compliance with National Building Code of Canada 2015 and CSA Standard O86-2014. The major updates include the mechanics based approach for determining the shear resistance of shearwalls and diaphragms along with the selection tables that were developed based on this methodology. Also included are updated nails, screws and bolts selection tables, and design information on mid-rise wood frame construction. The 2015 Wood Design Manual includes the “Engineering design in wood” Standard (CSA O86-14) and is available in a printed format. An electronic format will be available soon. Purchase your copy today!
An Introduction to Brock Commons – UBC’s Tall Wood Building
Press Release – Tall Wood Building Momentum Reaches Québec
Canadian Wood Council Applauds Announcement of the Origine Project.
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Ontario Develops Best Practice Guideline for Fire Safety during Construction
As an organization dedicated to safe construction practices, the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) and its Ontario Wood WORKS! program expressed appreciation to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) for the opportunity to participate in the development of a best practice Guideline: Fire Safety during Construction of Five- and Six-Storey Wood Buildings in Ontario. Read the press release.
Forest Product Industry First to Respond to Growing Climate Change Challenges
The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) is supportive of the Forest Products Association of Canada’s (FPAC) May 2nd launch of the ‘30 by 30’ climate change challenge – a commitment to help Canada remove 30 megatonnes (MT) of CO2 by the year 2030. Read the press release.
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.