Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson meets with Ray Sun of Quacent homes, a manufacturer of prefabricated wood homes located in Dalian, China during the Minister’s 2015 trade mission to Asia.
China’s Urban Action Plan recognizes prefabrication as key component of Climate Change Strategy
Saturday, February 6, 2016

On February 4, 2016 China’s National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development issued the policy circular, Urban Action Plan to Tackle...More

On February 4, 2016 China’s National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development issued the policy circular, Urban Action Plan to Tackle Climate Change. According To FII China’s General Manager Lisa Dou, “The policy circular signals the Central government’s commitment to climate change mitigation which opens the door for us to position Canadian wood as a climate-friendly building solution for China.” According to the China Housing Industrialization Strategic Alliance, traditional concrete buildings contribute to over 50% of China’s carbon emissions. 

The circular recommends closer international cooperation in order for China to learn how other countries have dealt with climate change issues and to promote technical exchange. FII China and Canada Wood China will look to leverage these developments to promote wood building systems as one solution that can help China address the challenges around sustainable urban development.

The Action Plan aims to facilitate China’s National Climate Change Adaption Strategy (issued in 2013) by enhancing the ability of cities to adapt to climate change and extreme climate events.

The Action Plan sets specific targets for 2020, including:

  • building 30 climate-friendly demonstration cities, and
  • increasing the number of project certified as green buildings to 50%

Key elements of the Action Plan related to the construction and wood industries include old house renovations and prefabricated construction. The Action Plan subsequently sets out to recommend the use of:

  • prefabricated steel, concrete and hybrid structures,
  • steel and wood structure in areas of high seismic activity,
  • steel structures in large public facilities and large-scale industry plants,
  • wood structures in low rise public facilities, including government funded schools, kindergartens, and senior homes, and
  • wood in landscaping.

Forestry Innovation Investment is the Province of B.C.’s market development agency for forest products. With offices in Vancouver, Beijing, Shanghai and Mumbai, FII actively promotes the environmental merits of building with wood from sustainably managed forests. FII China and Canada Wood lead market development efforts in China with support from Natural Resources Canada.

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Prefabricated wall-panel production at the Quacent factory in Dalian, China.
Chinese government issues guidelines to make cities greener and more livable
Saturday, February 6, 2016

On February 6, 2016 the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council issued the Opinion on Further Enhancing Urban Planning and Construction Administration,...More

On February 6, 2016 the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council issued the Opinion on Further Enhancing Urban Planning and Construction Administration, which provides recommendations and guidelines on urban development in China. As one of its strategic priorities, China aims to increase urbanization to 60% by 2020.

“The guidelines provide a strong indication of how the Chinese Central Government positions prefabrication in its pursuit of sustainable urban development” says FII China General Manager Lisa Dou. “We also view it as an encouraging development for the Chinese wood industry, as the guidelines mark the first time the Chinese government has recognized wood at this level.” The Central Committee includes the China Communist Party’s top leaders.

FII China and Canada Wood China plan to leverage these guidelines as they continue work to bridge the gap between government recognition of wood and commercial activity. Prefabrication offers an opportunity to position wood as a cost-competitive alternative to concrete, as prefabricating concrete is capital intensive. Currently, wood is considered a niche premium building solution; however, wood construction technologies are well-suited for prefabrication and can help advance sustainable urban environments in China.

Highlights related to prefabrication and wood construction

One of the key objectives set out by the guidelines is to improve construction quality, which requires the development of new construction models. Accordingly, the guidelines encourage the promotion of prefabricated construction, which can help reduce construction waste and dust, shorten construction time, and improve construction quality. The guidelines aim to increase the use of prefabricated components to 30% in all new buildings by 2026.

To achieve this goal, the government recommends:

  • the formulation of design, construction and inspection standards and codes for prefabricated construction,
  • the revision of building component standards and codes for industrialized manufacturing, prefabrication and on-site installation,
  • the establishment of a national manufacturing base for prefabricated construction,
  • the active and steady promotion of steel construction, and
  • the development of modern wood construction in areas where conditions permit.

Forestry Innovation Investment is the Province of B.C.’s market development agency for forest products. With offices in Vancouver, Beijing, Shanghai and Mumbai, FII actively promotes the environmental merits of building with wood from sustainably managed forests. FII China and Canada Wood lead market development efforts in China with support from Natural Resources Canada.

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The Zhangjiakou high-tech office science park uses prefabricated wood walls and floors.
The Zhangjiakou high-tech office science park located in Hebei province, China uses prefabricated wood walls and floors.
China’s Urban Action Plan recognizes prefabrication as key component of Climate Change Strategy
Thursday, February 4, 2016

On February 4, 2016 China’s National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development issued the policy circular, Urban Action Plan to Tackle...More

On February 4, 2016 China’s National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development issued the policy circular, Urban Action Plan to Tackle Climate Change. According To FII China’s General Manager Lisa Dou, “The policy circular signals the Central government’s commitment to climate change mitigation which opens the door for us to position Canadian wood as a climate-friendly building solution for China.” According to the China Housing Industrialization Strategic Alliance, traditional concrete buildings contribute to over 50% of China’s carbon emissions. 

The circular recommends closer international cooperation in order for China to learn how other countries have dealt with climate change issues and to promote technical exchange. FII China and Canada Wood China will look to leverage these developments to promote wood building systems as one solution that can help China address the challenges around sustainable urban development.

The Action Plan aims to facilitate China’s National Climate Change Adaption Strategy (issued in 2013) by enhancing the ability of cities to adapt to climate change and extreme climate events.

The Action Plan sets specific targets for 2020, including:

  • building 30 climate-friendly demonstration cities, and
  • increasing the number of project certified as green buildings to 50%

Key elements of the Action Plan related to the construction and wood industries include old house renovations and prefabricated construction. The Action Plan subsequently sets out to recommend the use of:

  • prefabricated steel, concrete and hybrid structures,
  • steel and wood structure in areas of high seismic activity,
  • steel structures in large public facilities and large-scale industry plants,
  • wood structures in low rise public facilities, including government funded schools, kindergartens, and senior homes, and
  • wood in landscaping.

Forestry Innovation Investment is the Province of B.C.’s market development agency for forest products. With offices in Vancouver, Beijing, Shanghai and Mumbai, FII actively promotes the environmental merits of building with wood from sustainably managed forests. FII China and Canada Wood lead market development efforts in China with support from Natural Resources Canada.

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Globally significant landmark agreement reached
Monday, February 1, 2016

VANCOUVER – First Nations, environmental groups and coastal forest industry representatives joined the Province today to celebrate achieving ecosystem-based management in the Great Bear...More

VANCOUVER – First Nations, environmental groups and coastal forest industry representatives joined the Province today to celebrate achieving ecosystem-based management in the Great Bear Rainforest.

The Great Bear Rainforest was established through land-use decisions announced in 2006. This globally unique area covers 6.4 million hectares on British Columbia’s north and central coast, and is home to 26 separate First Nations. Ecosystem-based management in the area is defined as “concurrent achievement of high levels of ecological integrity and high levels of human well-being.”

 

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2015 Report to Stakeholders now available
Thursday, December 24, 2015

Each year, Forestry Innovation Investment reports on progress made toward growing and strengthening markets for B.C. forest products.

This year’s report includes an overview of...More

Each year, Forestry Innovation Investment reports on progress made toward growing and strengthening markets for B.C. forest products.

This year’s report includes an overview of FII operations, updates on the Wood First initiative in B.C. and updates on the reThink Wood program in North America. You will also find market updates that highlight the achievements of FII, as well as Canada Wood and other funding recipients in the US, China, Japan, South Korea, India and the EU.

This report acts as an important reminder of the partnership and collaboration that underpins our market development programs. It also highlights the contributions made – and the roles played – by the Canadian Government, particularly Natural Resources Canada, the forest industry, and the many trade associations and research institutions that help make these accomplishments possible.

2015 Report to Stakeholders

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FII India hosts networking event for B.C. Minister of Finance and Indian woodworking professionals
Event participants gather for a photo in the FII India Display Centre
Minister de Jong tours the FII India Display Centre
FII India hosts networking event for B.C. Minister of Finance
Friday, December 11, 2015

On December 11, 2015, B.C.’s Minister of Finance, Michael de Jong, made an official visit to Forestry Innovation Consulting India Pvt. Ltd. (FII India) in Mumbai. The Minister, along...More

On December 11, 2015, B.C.’s Minister of Finance, Michael de Jong, made an official visit to Forestry Innovation Consulting India Pvt. Ltd. (FII India) in Mumbai. The Minister, along with senior officials from the Ministry of Finance from the Province of B.C. attended a networking event hosted by FII India at their recently opened showroom. Also in attendance were 40 architects, contractors, carpenters and other professionals from the woodworking industry from around Mumbai.

Following a traditional Indian welcome, Minister de Jong toured the FII India office and recently opened Display Centre. The visit offered a chance for trade professionals to exchange ideas and discuss opportunities with the Minister and the broader Canadian delegation around using B.C. wood in India.

The event provided an excellent platform for Canadian delegates to network with India wood buyers and specifiers. Discussions like these around new opportunities to grow the trade of wood into India may offer considerable opportunities for Canadian lumber suppliers in the future.

“It was indeed a pleasant experience to visit the FII India office and meet the enthusiastic group of woodworking professionals. We hope that the affable and friendly Canada-India relationship continues for years to come.” – Honourable Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance

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Renewed agreement advances wood use in China
Renewed agreement advances wood use in China
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Canadian and B.C. governments renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Chinese National Ministry of Housing and Urban Development today. The memorandum is an important...More

The Canadian and B.C. governments renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Chinese National Ministry of Housing and Urban Development today. The memorandum is an important part of developing and growing markets for high-quality, sustainably produced Canadian wood products.

The signing took place during the 2015 Forestry Asia Trade Mission led by Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson.

The Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban and Rural Development is responsible for drafting policies, laws and development plans related to city, village and town planning and construction, as well as the building industry and municipal works. The ministry also sets national standards for construction projects, including directing housing construction and managing the real estate industry.

This agreement is a renewal of an existing MOU that was signed in March 2010 to explore how modern wood frame technology can enhance the energy efficiency of buildings and support the goal of reducing carbon emissions in China’s construction sector.

The agreement maintains the joint working committee on China’s Modern Wood Frame Construction Technology Project. In China, memoranda of understanding are the first steps toward increasing commercial activity.

Thomson also met with the China Society for Urban Studies to explore how the society, Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd. and Canada Wood could work together to promote “green” building techniques and sustainable urban development. The China Society for Urban Studies is a non-profit research institute affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban and Rural Development. It provides advice on initiatives such as eco-cities and green building technology.

Trade missions are a critical part of British Columbia’s strategy to diversify its international trading partners and secure new investment, propelling economic activity and job creation throughout the province.

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Pudong delegation expresses interest in B.C. wood products and systems during visit
Pudong delegation expresses interest in B.C. wood products and systems during visit
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

On November 30, 2015, Forestry Innovation Investment hosted a Chinese delegation from Shanghai’s Pudong district, led by Mr. Shen Jibao, Deputy Director-General of Pudong’s Construction...More

On November 30, 2015, Forestry Innovation Investment hosted a Chinese delegation from Shanghai’s Pudong district, led by Mr. Shen Jibao, Deputy Director-General of Pudong’s Construction and Transportation Commission. Several other representatives from the Construction and Transportation Commission, as well as representatives from the Housing Development and Security Centre and the Pudong Major Project Management Office accompanied the Deputy Director-General.

The team of government officials visited B.C. to confirm their commitment to maintaining a close bilateral relationship with the Province of B.C., to explore how we build and operate public facilities in Canada, and how Chinese authorities may adopt B.C. forest products and building systems in a market that is increasingly recognizing the benefits of building with wood.

Following a roundtable discussion held at FII’s office in Vancouver, the delegation toured Kiwanis Garden Village, a housing project for seniors in West Vancouver. The delegation then toured the West Vancouver Aquatic Centre and North Vancouver City Hall. The tour concluded with a visit to VanDusen Gardens. 

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New BC Wood showroom and office launched in Tokyo
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The BC Wood Specialties Group (BC Wood), which promotes the use of British Columbian wood products internationally, has a brand-new office and showroom in the heart of Tokyo to highlight...More

The BC Wood Specialties Group (BC Wood), which promotes the use of British Columbian wood products internationally, has a brand-new office and showroom in the heart of Tokyo to highlight the quality of value-added wood products from British Columbia.

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson officially opened the facility during the 2015 Forestry Asia Trade Mission. The new showroom illustrates the ongoing commitment by the B.C. government, the Canadian government and the forest industry to supply the Japanese market with value-added wood products. It will also allow the country’s builders and developers to learn more about the advantages of using B.C. timber.

Trade mission delegates were joined at the official opening by representatives of the Tokyu Corporation, which recently incorporated B.C. western red cedar in its nearby Log Road Daikanyama commercial development. This high-profile project was completed in April 2015 and consists of five buildings constructed along a 220-metre stretch of the Tokyu Toyoko railway line. The site covers 3,200 square metres and contains 1,900 square metres of retail space.

Trade missions are a critical part of British Columbia’s strategy to diversify its international trading partners and secure new investment, propelling economic activity and job creation throughout the province.

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Japan’s largest-ever wood building now under construction
Monday, November 30, 2015

Forestry trade mission delegates got a close-up look at how British Columbia’s wood product technology and building expertise is being used in a new elderly care facility in Tokyo, Japan...More

Forestry trade mission delegates got a close-up look at how British Columbia’s wood product technology and building expertise is being used in a new elderly care facility in Tokyo, Japan.

The Hanahata Asuakaen facility, once finished, will be the largest 2x4 structure ever built in Japan, with a total floor area of 9,032 square metres and a net wooden floor area of 7,580 square metres. The first floor of the five-storey hybrid structure is built of reinforced concrete and the top four floors use 2x4 construction. The building design calls for almost 1,900 cubic metres of wood.

In 2014, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism selected the Hanahata Asukaen facility as the winner of its 2014 design competition for innovative wooden buildings. The use of Midply shear wall construction was a determining factor in that decision.

Mitsui Home Co. Ltd. began construction in September 2015. When the facility is completed in August 2016, it will become home to 160 residents.

The building makes extensive use of the “Midply shear wall” construction system, which delivers high seismic performance and fireproofing qualities. The simple yet innovative building system was developed jointly by FP Innovations and the University of British Columbia.

Canada Wood Japan has been actively conducting technical development of Midply products in Japan since 2010, demonstrating its potential for constructing four-storey, five-storey and six-storey buildings in the country.

During the construction site tour, Thomson also presented a plaque to the Seifuukai Social Welfare Community for supporting environmentally sustainable, 2x4 mid-rise construction in Japan.

Trade missions are a critical part of British Columbia’s strategy to diversify its international trading partners and secure new investment, propelling economic activity and job creation throughout the province.

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Minister Steve Thomson and 2015 Forestry Asia trade mission delegates visit Japan
Timber-frame house highlights hemlock’s strengths
Sunday, November 29, 2015

Heavy timbers made of high-quality British Columbian hemlock feature prominently in a spectacular wood frame home that Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve...More

Heavy timbers made of high-quality British Columbian hemlock feature prominently in a spectacular wood frame home that Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson and 2015 Forestry Asia trade mission delegates visited today in Tsukuba, Japan.

The house is reminiscent of a Canadian-style, heavy-timber home, making use of 8”x8” and 12”x12” coastal hemlock fir timber from British Columbia. Its design also incorporates a wide range of other Canadian building products, including windows, doors, flooring and fine cabinetry. Maple Homes K.K., the Japanese company that built this particular home builds up to 175 houses annually in Japan.

Marketed as “Canada Tsuga” in Japan, hemlock is often used for crafting components found in traditional Japanese post-and-beam houses. The wood’s superior strength and nail-holding abilities make it an ideal choice for this type of construction. It’s also popular because of its aesthetic beauty and its seismic-resistance qualities.

In recent years, structural engineers and architects have specified Canada Tsuga timbers throughout Japan in projects such as art galleries, kindergartens, libraries, elderly care residences and high-end residential homes.

With the Japanese government encouraging greater use of wood in new buildings, enhanced trade opportunities are being created for suppliers of heavy timbers for both residential and non-residential developments.

Trade missions are a critical part of British Columbia’s strategy to diversify its international trading partners and secure new investment, propelling economic activity and job creation throughout the province.

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2015 Forestry Asia Trade Mission set for Japan and China
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson will be leading a delegation of over 30 senior executives from B.C.’s forest companies and associations to Japan and...More

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson will be leading a delegation of over 30 senior executives from B.C.’s forest companies and associations to Japan and China from Nov. 27 to Dec. 5, 2015.

This will be Thomson’s fourth trade mission to China and Japan as forests minister. China and Japan are respectively B.C.’s second- and third- largest markets for softwood lumber products.

As part of a continued focus on expanding the use of wood-in construction overseas, site visits will include stops at wood construction and manufacturing facilities in Tokyo and Dalian (east of Beijing). Meetings are also planned with government officials and industry representatives in both Japan and China to promote the use of B.C. wood products in construction and manufacturing.

In Japan, Thomson will meet with industry leaders, attend the opening of the new BC Wood office and showroom and tour a five-storey, elderly care facility being built using an innovative building system developed in B.C., and constructed with wood products from British Columbia.

In China, delegates will speak at the Sino-Canada Wood Conference, and sign memorandums of understanding with the Shanghai Construction Centre and the Shanghai Science and Technology Committee. The delegation will also hold discussions with China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban and Rural Development to advance the use of wood in China’s green building efforts. Thomson will also sign a letter of intent with the Chinese Society for Urban Studies.

Developing and expanding markets for British Columbia’s goods and services are crucial pillars of the BC Jobs Plan. Trade missions are a critical part of B.C.’s strategy to strengthen and diversify international trade and secure new investment, which in turn drives economic activity and job creation throughout the province. Undertaking annual trade missions to Asia with forest industry representatives is one of Minister Thomson’s mandate letter commitments.

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A rendering of the Tall Wood Building residence. Credit: Acton Ostry Architects
New UBC student residence to be among world’s tallest wood buildings
Thursday, October 1, 2015

One of the tallest wood buildings in the world will soon be constructed at UBC, providing housing for hundreds of students. When completed, the $51.5-million residence building will...More

One of the tallest wood buildings in the world will soon be constructed at UBC, providing housing for hundreds of students. When completed, the $51.5-million residence building will stand 53 metres tall (about 174 feet).

“This beautiful, new tall wood building will serve as a living laboratory for the UBC community,” said Martha Piper, interim president. “It will advance the university’s reputation as a hub of sustainable and innovative design, and provide our students with much-needed on-campus housing.”

Construction of the 18-storey tall wood student residence will begin later this fall, and the building is set to open in September 2017. It will house 404 students in 272 studios and 33 four-bedroom units, and feature study and social gathering spaces. There will also be a ground-floor lounge and study space for commuter students.

“This project shows that when it comes to building with wood, B.C.’s innovation can’t be beat,” said Steve Thomson, minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. “By taking advantage of new building technologies, we’re also expanding our markets for B.C. wood products – and supporting jobs in the forest sector.”

In addition to its primary function as a student residence, the building will serve as an academic site for students and researchers, who will be able to study and monitor its operations.

The tall wood building will consist of a mass timber superstructure atop a concrete base. Wood is a sustainable and versatile building material that stores, rather than emits, carbon dioxide. UBC aims for the building to achieve a minimum LEED Gold certification, a rating system that evaluates how environmentally friendly a structure is in its design and energy use.

UBC’s Student Housing and Hospitality Services, the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, Forestry Innovation Investment, Natural Resources Canada and B.C.’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations are contributing funding for the building.

Any additional costs related to design and construction have been funded through external sources. Students will pay the same for rent at the tall wood building compared to similar accommodations at other student residences on campus.

UBC Properties Trust is managing the project. The project’s architect, Vancouver’s Acton Ostry Architects, is working in collaboration with tall wood advisor Architekten Hermann Kaufmann from Austria. Fast + Epp, another local firm, is the structural engineer.

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Minister Thomson addresses Global Wood Buyers
Thursday, September 24, 2015

At the Global Buyers Mission (GBM), held in Whistler, September 10 – 12, 2015, wood buyers from around the world came together with Canadian manufacturers of wood products at industry...More

At the Global Buyers Mission (GBM), held in Whistler, September 10 – 12, 2015, wood buyers from around the world came together with Canadian manufacturers of wood products at industry events and a tradeshow.

On hand to welcome delegates and officially open the GBM, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson also announced a $2.2 million investment in the Government of B.C.’s Wood First program.

The funding will be used to help advance innovative wood-building systems and value-added wood products, as well as promote wood use in B.C. in order to showcase B.C. wood products and expertise to international markets.

“Product innovation and value-added processing is generating more value for British Columbians from each tree harvested, ensuring that B.C.’s forest sector continues to be a leading contributor to the B.C. economy,” said Thomson.

Delegates were encouraged to visit a wide range of manufacturers and the naturally:wood resource centre to learn about B.C. wood species and sustainable forests in addition to product manufacturing and building innovations in British Columbia.

The Wood First program and naturally:wood are managed by Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd., the province’s market development agency for forest products. The Global Buyers Mission is organized by BC Wood, a not-for-profit trade association that represents B.C.’s value-added wood sector.

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B.C. invests $2.2 million to promote new uses for wood
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The B.C. government is investing $2.2 million in the Wood First program to promote the use of B.C. wood both locally and internationally, and help advance innovative wood-building...More

The B.C. government is investing $2.2 million in the Wood First program to promote the use of B.C. wood both locally and internationally, and help advance innovative wood-building systems and value-added wood products.

The funding is being awarded to six industry trade associations and institutions with proven records in research, development and marketing of wood products and skills training to carry out Wood First activities. They include:

BC Wood Specialties Group – $558,910

Canadian Wood Council – $770,109

University of British Columbia – Centre for Advanced Wood Processing – $359,166

University of British Columbia – Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability – $65,000

FPInnovations – $428,928

Design Build Research Institute – $51,762

Funding from the Province will be supplemented with additional funds provided by industry.

Wood First is focused on advancing the use of wood in B.C. Since the program was launched in 2009, wood use in the mid-rise and non-residential construction sectors is increasing and recognition of wood as a preferred building material continues to grow. A recent survey of B.C. engineers, architects and builders confirmed that 40% are increasing the use of structural wood and 77% believe B.C. is well positioned to export its products and knowledge.

Building taller and larger with wood has also become more popular due to new innovative design and building methods. The Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, opened in October 2014, is now the largest contemporary wood structure in North America at 29.5 metres high.

The Wood First program is managed by Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd., the province’s market development agency for forest products.

This announcement is another step toward fulfilling the BC Jobs Plan commitment to develop local and international markets for B.C. forest products to spur economic activity and job creation throughout the province.

To keep B.C.’s economy diverse, strong and growing, since September 2011 the BC Jobs Plan has been building on the strengths of our province’s most competitive sectors utilizing our educated and skilled workforce.

Quotes:

Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat –

“B.C. is known around the world as a supplier of world-class, environmentally friendly forest products. We are proud to invest in the future of B.C.’s forestry industry by supporting organizations in their effort to develop wood product innovations for domestic and international markets. These innovations will be especially attractive for priority markets in Asia, the U.S. and emerging markets in Southeast Asia and India.”

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson – “Product innovation and value-added processing is generating more value for British Columbians from each tree harvested, ensuring that B.C.’s forest sector continues to be a leading contributor to the B.C. economy.”

Iain Macdonald, managing director, University of British Columbia Centre for Advanced Wood Processing –
“The Wood First Program is playing a key role in advancing B.C.’s wood products industry by building new business and technical capacities in companies, transferring leading-edge technologies and practices, and connecting partners along the supply chain to exploit new market opportunities. B.C.’s future as a leader in advanced timber construction has never looked brighter.”

John Gillis, chairman, BC Wood Specialties Group – “The Wood First Program has been instrumental in positioning wood as preferred building material and British Columbia as a global leader in wood use and innovation. The capacity building programs, which are a part of Wood First, have made B.C.’s value-added wood products manufacturers stronger and better able to compete in global markets.”

Quick Facts:

B.C.’s total forestry GDP reached $7 billion in 2014 and the sector continue to represent one of the province’s top economic engines.

Employment figures in the forestry sector have recovered from the low of 50,400 in 2009, with 60,700 direct jobs today.

Forestry represents the largest export category in the province, accounting for 36% of commodities exports in 2014, up 5% since 2011.

Wood has the smallest environmental footprint of all building products and is much less greenhouse gas intensive on a life-cycle basis than other building materials.

B.C. has more forest certified by third-party organizations than any other region in the world, other than Canada as a whole.

 

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