Procuring Innovation—a review of models, processes and practices
March 2017Canada
Identifying opportunities and overcoming barriers to using wood in construction

In 2016/17, we supported the BC Construction Association to complete a report aimed at helping public and private owners become “innovation friendly” in their construction procurement.

Life Cycle Assessment
March 2017Canada
Life Cycle Assessments and carbon calculations increase awareness of wood benefits

To better understand and increase awareness of the environmental benefits of building with wood, FII completed three additional Life Cycle Assessments and 12 carbon calculations on B.C. buildings.

Wood Week BC
February 2017Canada
Wood Week BC

Hosted by Wood First program funding recipients and co-ordinated through FII’s Market Outreach program, Wood Week B.C. 2017 included events such as Holzbau Pacific Northwest, the Wood Design & Construction Solutions Conference, the Wood Design Awards, and Gray Conversations: A Living with Wood Design Forum.


The naturally:wood website provides information on B.C. forest products and the province’s sustainably managed forests.
November 2016Canada
Supporting industry through naturally:wood

The naturally:wood website provides information on B.C. forest products and the province’s sustainably managed forests. FII recorded over 40,000 site visits to naturallywood.com with the number of publication downloads increasing 20% over the previous year. Naturally:wood also had a presence at five B.C.-based tradeshows – four more than in 2015 – increasing in-person engagement with architects, engineers and designers.

Continued Support for SMEs
October 2016Canada
Continued Support for SMEs

Last year, FII helped architects, engineers and others to broaden their expertise in designing and building with wood. We also assisted small-to-medium sized enterprises (SME) in increasing their manufacturing and promotional capacity to bring new wood products to market.

Robotics workshop at UBC CAWP
September 2016Canada
Building value-added manufacturing capacity

FII co-funded a workshop organized by the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) at UBC and led by the Institute for Computational Design at the University of Stuttgart. The workshop not only supported innovation in timber construction, but also allowed for a complete re-interpretation of wood architecture.

Collaborating to deliver the Forest in Mind Program
September 2016Canada
Collaborating to deliver the Forest in Mind Program

FII is active in the Canadian Council of Forest Minister’s Forest in Mind Program and manages the program’s communication deliverables, including website, video and factsheets. In 2016, traffic to www.sfmcanada.org increased 63%, document downloads increased 29% (over 4,000 total downloads), and views to the Sustainable Forest Management Canada YouTube channel increased 29%.

Delegation from the Netherlands in Prince George, June 2016. Photo credit: naturally:wood
September 2016Canada
FII provides market monitoring and advocacy

FII, in conjunction the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, Natural Resources Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, hosted a delegation from the Government of The Netherlands’ Ministry of Economic Affairs in support of Dutch efforts to develop sustainability criteria for biomass.

Fire-Resistance of Timber-Concrete Composite Floor using Laminated Veneer Lumber
August 2016Canada
Optimizing material usage and assessing innovative systems

FPInnovations releases two studies related to optimizing material usage and assessing innovative systems including CLT and LVL. The studies reveal that hybrid systems perform signifiantly great than the required rating. 

July 2016Canada
Showcasing wood and B.C. innovation: the Brock Commons Education and Outreach Centre

Funded by FII, the UBC Brock Commons Education and Outreach Centre was opened in the spring of 2016 adjacent to the construction site. It serves as a research and information hub where visitors from across the globe can learn about the design and construction of the project.

Understanding opportunities and barriers to prefabrication of wood buildings
June 2016Canada
Understanding opportunities and barriers to prefabrication of wood buildings

Because of issues around densification and urbanization, communities and builders are increasingly under pressure to create better-performing buildings, reduce construction waste and meet time and budget constraints.

Comparing B.C. to the World: Forest Regulation and Certification
June 2016Canada
Maintaining B.C. and Canada’s reputation as global leaders in sustainable forest management

In 2016/17, we co-funded the report, International Comparison of Forest Management Legal Frameworks and Certification Standards, which confirms B.C. and Canada’s position as leaders in sustainable forest management.

Brock Commons Phase 1: Overview
May 2016Canada
Educational materials highlight technologies used in Brock Commons

To communicate learnings from this leading-edge project, FII developed factsheets, case studies, education modules and a time-lapse video.

Building demand for Aboriginal products from B.C.’s coast
May 2016Canada
Building demand for Aboriginal products from B.C.’s coast

In 2016/17, FII supported the Opening Doors project to build capacity for Aboriginal valueadded wood products. The project was a collaboration between FPInnovations, Emily Carr University of Art and others including Aboriginal artists and their communities.

FPInnovations conducted a series of surveys of B.C. small and medium-sized manufacturers to assess business and operational needs.
May 2016Canada
Market and Business Intelligence Survey

FPInnovations conducted a series of surveys of B.C. small and medium-sized manufacturers to assess business and operational needs.

By attending workshops and seminars delivered by Wood First-funded programs, SMEs can build improved manufacturing capabilities, take advantage of construction trends and increase their competitive position in the marketplace.
April 2016Canada
Supporting value-added SMEs through education and skills development

FII investments directed toward education and skills development provide assistance to value-added manufacturers by helping them improve their business and manufacturing processes, reduce costs and increase productivity. In 2015/16, over 5,500 people participated in workshops, webinars and training sessions designed to build skills in the areas of business, marketing, design and new technology developments.

FPInnovations fire test
April 2016Canada
Testing engineered wood products

Research conducted at FPInnovations provided insight into two design concepts for metallic and non-metallic service penetration fire stops in cross-laminated timber (CLT).


September 2015Canada
Wood Use Perception Survey says wood favored structural material

To obtain a current understanding of their views and preferences regarding wood use in buildings in B.C., FII surveyed two key audience groups: 1) specifiers (architects, engineers, developers and builders), and 2) the public.

July 2015Canada
Research: Investigation of Timber-Concrete Composites to Increase Its Use

By integrating mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber, laminated strand lumber and laminated veneer lumber, with other materials such as steel or concrete, hybrid structural components can increase the use of timber in building construction beyond current limitations.

June 2015Canada
BC-Korea Trade and Investment Forum

On June 24, 2015, the Province of B.C. and the Government of South Korea co-sponsored the BC-Korea Trade & Investment Forum.

June 2015Canada
Wood as a Restorative Material in Healthcare Environments

FII commissioned FPInnovations to build a stronger evidence-based case for the use of wood in healthcare facilities. FPInnovations carried out a comprehensive review of current literature and recently completed works around the world. Evidence shows that people are healthier, happier and more productive when connected with nature.

May 2015Canada
The Building Green with Wood in B.C. toolkit is available on naturallywood.com.

Having made significant adjustments to forest management practices over the past two decades, Canadian producers have an opportunity to position themselves more competitively by communicating that their products come from legally-logged sources that welcome scrutiny, achieve third-party certification, and do not contribute to deforestation.


October 2014Canada
Project profiles in B.C. demonstrate culture of wood

Since the start of Wood First, many innovative and beautiful wood building projects have been completed across the province. Over the past year, profiles of about 40 of these projects have been completed. 

October 2014Canada
Wood Innovation and Design Centre completed

The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) in Prince George was completed in October 2014. It is presently among the North America’s tallest contemporary wood buildings.

September 2014Canada
reThink Wood joins forces with Western Red Cedar Association

In 2013/14 the reThink Wood campaign worked closely with B.C. industry associations to coordinate tradeshow promotions under common branding and approach. The “Real Cedar” booth and materials provided additional depth to the reThink brand platform and found new audiences for outdoor, furniture and finishing applications.

September 2014Canada
B.C.'s profile as a world leader in wood use and innovation grows

A report highlighting accomplishments in promoting increased uses of wood in design and construction of non-residential buildings in British Columbia was released by FII in May 2014.

May 2014Canada
Building code revisions lead to taller wood buildings

Following a comprehensive process involving extensive public and technical consultations, the B.C. Building Code was revised in 2009 to increase the maximum height for wood-frame residential construction from four-to six-storeys. B.C. was the first province in Canada to make this change.

February 2014Canada
10th anniversary of the Wood Design Awards

2014 marked the 10th anniversary of the annual Wood Design Awards held by the Canadian Wood Council’s Wood WORKS! BC program.


August 2013Canada
Wood Use in Public Infrastructure

The Wood First Act received Royal Assent in 2009. The Act requires wood to be considered as the primary building material in all new publicly-funded buildings in B.C., when supported by the British Columbia Building Code. Since 2009, many new projects across government have incorporated a large amount of wood into the building design.