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 – $151,184
Create the technical infrastructure for reliable benchmarking of whole-building life-cycle assessment results that will allow low-carbon designs to much more credibly demonstrate their quantified benefits over business-as-usual.
Affine Climate Solutions Society – $153,287
Integrate the value of high-performance mass timber into underwriting processes, Phase 3, by developing the Vancity financing pilots into official lending programs.
Reach out to other financial institutions to initiate similar new processes with them.
BC Wood Specialties Group – $599,076
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.
British Columbia Institute of Technology – $26,400
Support the development of skilled labour in low carbon building design and construction through course content development for the Advanced Skills in Whole-Building Life Cycle Assessment and the Embodied Carbon Emissions of the Built Environment micro credential for LCA design professionals.
Building Transformations (CanBIM Inc.) – $13,200
Advance the role of BIM (Building Information Modeling) in the permitting process to drive the uptake of prefabricated building systems.
Support and enhance knowledge and experience of local governments to work with BIM.
Canadian Wood Council – $560,633
Provide technical support and advice to address wood and mass timber performance attributes in multi-family, multi-storey and non-residential projects.
Convey practical wood design solutions through educational events.
Communicate sound wood construction practices.
Support building and fire code changes that allow for increased wood and mass timber use.
Demonstrate the 2 h fire-resistance of an unprotected nail laminated timber floor through applied research.
Give designers the confidence to specify exposed mechanically laminated timber floors in buildings that require a 2 h fire resistance.
Construction Foundation of BC – $193,996
Leverage the best practices and course content developed through the Skills Ready and Indigenous Skills initiatives to create space for young people to connect through hands-on learning, while engaging Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, educators and industry to learn about B.C. wood products, with an emphasis on innovations in wood engineering and manufacturing.
Compile the background information for validation of preliminary creep factors for mass timber-concrete composite made with products of Canadian species.
Develop an approach for conducting small-scale and/or full-scale testing of mass timber-concrete composite systems for floors.
Quantify the performance of mass timber diaphragms in tall hybrid buildings subjected to lateral (seismic and wind) loads.
Compare the economic and environmental metrics of a regular wood-frame building with a building designed for disassembly to support prefabrication and low-carbon construction.
National Research Council of Canada – $48,350
Develop transparent intumescent coating to ensure that fire resistance rating requirements are met while reducing the need for encapsulation in mass timber buildings, resulting in increased overall aesthetics provided by timber, Phase 2.
Mobilize and refine land use policy and permitting solutions for the construction of prefabricated, mass timber low- and mid-rise buildings with key constituencies through diverse media to inform and solicit feedback to strengthen solutions.
Thompson Rivers University – $47,740
Develop ductile lateral load resisting systems for mass timber construction with ductility comparable to or better than ductile moment frames and shear walls built with concrete or steel.
University of British Columbia—Okanagan – $77,000
Develop two innovative timber buildings systems using CLT core and glulam frame for heights up to 20 storeys suitable for mass-scale construction without compromising the building performance against even extreme seismic events.
University of British Columbia—Centre for Advanced Wood Processing – $500,720
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 B.C. 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.
Analyze the vibration response of a hybrid floor system in which CLT panels are combined with steel beams using self-tapping screws for a modular prefabricated dry assembly mass timber-steel hybrid floor element, Phase 2.
Develop an advanced multi-material hybrid shear connector for mass timber buildings that allow for easy construction, deconstruction, and reuse of the structural elements , Phase 3.
Develop a new mass timber system, Engineered Nail Laminated Timber (ENLT), for wall and floor applications by creating an internal mechanism for lateral resistance.
Develop design values for glulam made from western hemlock and mixed species of western hemlock and Amabilis fir (hem-fir) for Canadian wood design standards CSA 0122 and 086.
Develop sustainable, high-performance, and safe-to-use thermal insulating materials for buildings by converting tree-harvesting waste and/or low-value wood industry by-products into lignocellulosic nanofibre.
Develop all natural, self-bonded bark exterior building cladding products for conventional and tall wood buildings.
Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx) – $176,220
Support the creation 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.