At FII, we are proud to support a wide variety of organizations under the Wood First program that work towards our common goal of advancing BC’s forest sector. We invite you to browse our current Wood First recipient projects below.
North Surrey Sport and Ice Complex | StructureCraft
Athena Sustainable Materials Institute – $153,485
Continue to develop the technical infrastructure for reliable benchmarking of whole-building life-cycle assessment results that will allow designers to compare the embodied carbon and other environmental impacts of proposed buildings to business-as-usual construction practices.
BC Wood Specialties Group – $887,418
Educate and train architects, engineers, interior designers and construction professionals on mass timber and other B.C. value-added wood products and their applications through a variety of educational events, such as lunch-and-learn sessions, group seminars and factory tours.
Promote wood building products and systems, as well as the benefits of wood in construction and design, with value-added forest product companies at trade events.
Increase competitiveness, innovation and adaptability of individual value-added wood companies by improving their marketing and business development capability through assessments, site visits, workshops and business development projects.
Establish a presence for western Canadian value-added wood product manufacturers in the digital marketplace of Building Information Modeling (BIM), and VDC (Virtual Design & Construction) tools that are used by architects in building design.
Develop and publish a comprehensive handbook for modular light-frame and mass timber construction.
Simon Fraser University – $178,750
Mobilize and refine land use policy and permitting solutions for the construction of prefabricated, mass timber low- and mid-rise buildings with key constituencies.
University of British Columbia—Centre for Advanced Wood Processing – $416,262
Deliver educational programs to explore and convey advanced wood processing solutions, such as industrial robotics, mixed reality wood fabrication, and prefabrication in wood and mass timber assemblies.
Organize a Scandinavian tour to visit prominent mass-timber and prefabricated building system manufacturers.
Design, engineer, prototype, test and conduct cost-benefit analyses to support value-added manufacturers in the development of new wood products.
Maintain and grow an online platform and organize a series of networking meetings to foster collaboration between manufacturers and industrial designers in various subsectors of the value-added wood industry.
Improve and optimize the manufacturing process and product properties of naturally-bonded bark cladding products from BC species.
Develop design values for glulam products using Hem-fir by full-size beam testing and computer modeling to develop layup combinations.
Investigate the possibility for relaxing the load duration adjustment factor under wind load conditions in the Canadian code CSA O86 to increase the competitiveness of tall wood construction.
Continue the development of fire-retardant and thermal insulating lignocellulosic foam from forest resources.
Provide a database for developing design guidelines in mass timber construction to consider the effect of moisture content on the performance of self-tapping screw connections and to predict the brittle resistance of inclined self-tapping screws.
Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx) – $150,524
Continue the development of an Embodied Emissions Centre of Excellence (EECoE) that will support raising awareness of embodied emissions and to build capacity for cost-effective construction with low-carbon materials.