"Wood buildings – moving to mainstream" at the RAIC Festival of Architecture

“Wood buildings – moving to mainstream” at the RAIC Festival of Architecture

Penelope Martyn, the green building manager at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and Angelique Pilon, the research manager for the UBC Sustainability Initiative were the presenters for the “Wood Buildings – Moving to Mainstream in Canada” session at the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Festival of Architecture.

Salvage logging: Does saving scorched trees hurt the environment?

Salvage logging: Does saving scorched trees hurt the environment?

Removing trees killed by fires might not be as damaging to forests as previously thought.

Forest partnership website off to rocky start

Forest partnership website off to rocky start

A coalition of timber companies, government agencies, universities and conservation groups launched a website, Walk in the Woods, earlier this month to share stories about sustainable forestry.

Lightweight prefab wood framing system goes together without nails

Lightweight prefab wood framing system goes together without nails

We do go on about how we love wood construction; it is the only building material that sequesters carbon for the life of the building.

Melbourne mixed-use project brings together Passive House and CLT

Melbourne mixed-use project brings together Passive House and CLT

Abbotsford in Melbourne’s inner north is set to become home to what might be Australia’s first multi-storey mixed use building that brings together two of property’s hottest sustainability trends – Passive House and Cross Laminated Timber.

Mass timber 101: Understanding the emerging building type

Mass timber 101: Understanding the emerging building type

Tall wood building is gaining traction in the U.S., and a possible code update could soon take it to new heights, says Perkins+Will’s Building Technology Lab director.

Time for timber and BIM to come together

Time for timber and BIM to come together

Although it often seems that BIM has been a topic of conversation for ever, the reality is that many timber frame manufacturers haven’t had to worry much about BIM thus far.

OTO is first in SC to use cross-laminated timber

OTO is first in SC to use cross-laminated timber

When she heard about the new Home2 Suites by Hilton in Mount Pleasant SC, Dr. Patricia Layton was ecstatic — but not for the typical travel-related reasons.

UMich student who insists wood paneling is racist gets it all backwards

UMich student who insists wood paneling is racist gets it all backwards

Anna Wibbelman says ‘minority students felt marginalized by [the] quiet, imposing masculine paneling’ of the old student union building.

Adera's Virtuoso celebrates key milestone at UBC's Wesbrook Village

Adera’s Virtuoso celebrates key milestone at UBC’s Wesbrook Village

Adera just celebrated the installation of its final mass timber panel at their Virtuoso project in UBC’s Wesbrook Village.

Nation’s largest cross-laminated timber academic building is an icon of sustainability

Nation’s largest cross-laminated timber academic building is an icon of sustainability

The first and largest cross-laminated timber academic building in the U.S. has opened at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Boise's newest library opening features cross-laminated timber

Boise’s newest library opening features cross-laminated timber

People have already been calling to ask for tours of the Boise Public Library’s newest branch at Bown Crossing in East Boise, said Sarah Kelley-Chase, branch supervisor. 

Tall wood, homes of the future

Tall wood, homes of the future

We Kiwis have a long history of, and great fondness for, wooden homes.

Mount Vernon school made of ‘high-tech' wood opens

Mount Vernon school made of ‘high-tech’ wood opens

A Mount Vernon elementary school built with a high-tech wood product opened recently. Fifth grader Valeria Alvarez is sad she’ll be missing out. She’s graduating from Jefferson Elementary and won’t be able to hit the books in one of the new classrooms on campus.

Video: timber manufacturer’s new 40k-sq-ft plant will employ 100

Video: Timber manufacturer’s new 40k-sq-ft plant will employ 100

A major timber manufacturer is building a new plant in Abbotsford that will employ around 100 people, including 40 newly hired workers.

Governor Inslee celebrates four new classrooms built from innovative cross laminated timber 

The classrooms are part of a statewide pilot project to address classroom sizes while also pioneering the use of an innovative timber product, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), with the opportunity to generate benefits for the environment and for rural communities.

New school building first of its kind in state 

New school building first of its kind in state 

With its exposed wood walls, the smell of wood is unsurprising in Jefferson Elementary School’s new building.

The wooden skyscrapers that could help to cool the planet

The wooden skyscrapers that could help to cool the planet

One building stands out in the old logging town of Prince George, Canada.

Prefab workers' housing to be built out of cross laminated timber

Prefab workers’ housing to be built out of cross laminated timber

Modular prefabs have predominated in the fossil fuel camps in Alberta and British Columbia; most last about 15 years before they are worn out.

Mass timber: The next great disruption of construction, wood products industries

Mass timber: The next great disruption of construction, wood products industries

The seeds of Andrew Waugh’s great disruption were planted in 2003. “Back then, people were saying we could ‘fix’ climate change by putting a solar panel on top of everything we built,” he remembered. “But we knew that wasn’t even close to enough.”