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Upcoming Events


Nov. 1
Ontario Wood WORKS! Awards Night
Toronto, ON

Nov. 2
Toronto Wood Solutions Fair
Toronto, ON

Nov. 14
Wood Solutions Conference
Vancouver, BC

Nov. 22
Wood Design Luncheon - Kelowna
Kelowna, BC

Nov. 24
Wood Design Luncheon - Victoria
Victoria, BC


Feb. 1
Montreal Wood Solutions Fair
Montreal, QC


Just Announced!
2017 Wood Design & Building Awards Judges

Betsy Williamson, Principal at Williamson Williamson Inc. http://williamsonwilliamson.com/arch/3790/betsy-williamson

Alan Organschi, Principal at Gray Organschi Architecture

Richard Bonnin, Vice President at HGA Architects and Engineers

Stay tuned for news on how to enter!
For more information, contact:

Ioana Lazea or Natalie Tarini
Coordinators, Wood Design Awards
(613) 747-5544, ext. 227 or 225

Tall Timber Global Audit

A new infographic on tall timber buildings from The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) shows there are at least 50 newly completed, under construction or proposed projects worldwide!


Canada 150: Tree Canada Takes Root in Ottawa

In honour of Canada 150, Tree Canada will bring Canadian communities together by supporting 150 community-based environmental initiatives. Tree Canada has invited community organizations to restore local parks, recreation areas and school grounds through the planting and maintaining of trees. Varieties such as maple, white pine and western red cedar have long been held as traditional symbols of peace and reconciliation among some Indigenous Peoples, and will be planted as part of the project. The federal government provided funding for this project through the Canada 150 Fund. The Canada 150 Fund supports local, regional and national activities that allow Canadians from coast to coast to coast to celebrate and make 2017 a memorable year.


Mid-Rise 2.0 – Innovative Approaches to Mid-Rise Wood Frame Construction

Traditional wood frame construction techniques and project delivery methods have been modified or adapted to achieve greater efficiency, economy and performance. This case study looks at three different projects that are similar in that they are all mid-rise residential, but differ considerably in their approach to design, construction details and project delivery.


2017 Green Building Festival

The evolution from net-zero to net-positive is underway. The world’s most advanced buildings and cities are eliminating carbon and making positive contributions to energy, air and water. Learn what’s happening beyond LEED at the 2017 Green Building Festival, October 5, in Toronto.

Take advantage of our media partnership. Readers get a 15% discount! Enter code GBF17PARTNER when you register and save on Early Bird rates today.


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Around the Web

From this Issue

Mass Timber Roofs
Read more on p. 38 of our digital edition.


Research and Inspiration Lead Pella to Refine Products

In March, Pella introduced its Architect Series Reserve and Architect Series Contemporary products, an extensive collection of premium wood windows and patio doors. The company says many months of research with architects and builders about pain points led to new designs for premium wood windows and patio doors. The series is meant to give architects and builders extensive design flexibility.

“Our drive in evolving our Architect Series products into a distinct collection is about being a total solution — a source for architects and custom builders who want a supplier who can deliver on the demands of their clients and their design without compromising and sacrificing performance or craftsmanship,” says Alan Pickett, architectural business development director, Pella Corporation.

Available in hung, casement, and awning windows and hinged patio doors, Architect Series Reserve products are sold exclusively through Pella Showrooms.


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Canadian Wood Council News

reThink Wood Launches Research Library

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.


City of Saint John the First Municipality in Atlantic Canada to Adopt Wood Mid-Rise Construction

In March, the Canadian Wood Council (CWC), along with Atlantic Wood WORKS!, congratulated 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.

“Mid-rise code changes are the result of a lengthy, carefully considered code process that included participation from expert stakeholders and consultants,” explained Michael Giroux, President of the Canadian Wood Council. “The CWC applauds the City of Saint John’s mid-rise decision, which will create access to safe, strong and sophisticated building solutions.”

Wood buildings are safe! The National Building Code requires all buildings to achieve the same level of structural performance and safety, regardless of the materials used in construction. “It’s encouraging to see that wood-use in mid-rise adoption is being replicated throughout jurisdictions in Canada who are recognizing its sustainable, economic, and safety benefits,” says Etienne Lalonde, VP Market Development for the CWC and Wood WORKS! National Director. “To date, 80 wood mid-rise projects have been completed, and another 75 are under construction in Canada – a testament to the success of this construction option being recognized by the individuals who specify building materials for projects.”

Six-storey wood buildings provide a lower cost construction option to the regional design and construction industry, while promoting sustainable construction practises and mobilize local labor forces. “It is encouraging to see a city within the province of New Brunswick taking action to facilitate a progressive development landscape,” says Patrick Crabbe, project coordinator for Atlantic Wood WORKS!. “It’s great to see the city of Saint John pave the way for the wood mid-rise opportunity in New Brunswick. The Atlantic Wood WORKS! program looks forward to working with the regional development community and the city to ensure a smooth execution of this building option.”


Plus! Read our new costing case study, Mid Rise Wood: Opportunities for Atlantic Canadian Urban Centres

Contact Us

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