Market Overview

FII continues to advance wood use and innovative wood construction technologies here at home.

By ensuring BC is an early adopter of new products and approaches to building with wood, including taller buildings, mass timber and engineered wood products, we’re able to further support regulatory change, stimulate jobs in the sector and showcase these advancements across North America and around the world.

Photo: Abbotsford Senior Secondary School | Credit: Aaron Millar

Key Stats

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of all mass timber buildings in Canada have been built in BC

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buildings in BC have been completed using mass timber since 2007

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of international customers agree – BC forest products are a good choice for the environment

Market Priorities

  • Grow the culture of living and building with wood in BC
  • Maximize the use of wood in public and private projects
  • Strengthen BC’s capability and competitiveness
  • Accelerate adoption of wood products and building systems
  • Position BC as a leader in wood use
Photo: West Vancouver Aquatic Centre | Credit: Nic Lehoux

Strategic Approach

FII works with industry and government partners to advance wood use in BC through: 

  • Supporting the early adoption of the 2020 building code allowing for mass timber use up to 12 storeys
  • Conducting research on mass timber products and building systems to address and remove barriers
  • Developing technical guides and materials for early adopters
  • Profiling leading wood projects in BC and sharing best practices
  • Participating in cross-government and industry projects to reduce impediments and expand wood use
Photo: Brentwood Skytrain Station | Credit: Tae IK Hwang, courtesy naturallywood.com

Featured Projects

Collaborating coast to coast

FII actively partners with its provincial and federal counterparts to ensure BC’s interests are represented in a collaborative national voice. Working with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the Canadian Wood Council’s Wood WORKS! program, FII developed communications materials for NRCan’s Green Construction through Wood program on demonstration projects located mostly in BC, ranging from schools and offices to tall wood buildings and manufacturing facilities.

Working with NRCan and the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM), FII led the development of a refreshed ccfm.org website and the development of a popular version of The State of Canada’s Forests report—called, ‘Our Roots, Our Future’—to provide updated national and provincial perspectives in the context of climate change, carbon and Canada’s vast, growing forests to Canadian and international audiences.

FII maintains the Think Wood Research Library which houses the latest research and resources on material science, prefabrication and modular construction using mass timber and light wood-frame building systems. The library currently provides easy access to over 1,750 resources from across Canada and around the world. The research library saw a 17 percent increase in records profiled and a doubling of in-progress research projects listed. This year, a pan-Canadian digital campaign connected users who are specifically searching for wood research to the library. The campaign resulted in a 268 percent increase in Canadian traffic to the site.

Mass timber demonstration program

Announced in September 2020, the Mass Timber Demonstration Program aims to accelerate the use of mass timber in BC by supporting early adopters, and help drive economic growth. The program, which supports both demonstration and technical research projects, is advancing mass timber use in a range of building types

FII will continue to work closely with the successful projects to document and share key lessons learned, results and research findings to help support future mass timber projects across BC.

Photo: 2150 Keith Drive | Credit: Rendering courtesy of DIALOG

Building a digital communications ecosystem

FII launched a refreshed naturallywood.com website in September 2020, driving positive results on search engines. Popular search terms include: mass timber, Douglas-fir and prefabricated wood.
The site now serves as a foundation for an expanded range of digital communications including LinkedIn and Facebook social channels that create awareness of B.C.’s leadership in sustainable forest management, innovative forest products and wood building systems, while driving traffic to naturallywood.com.

 

 

Supporting culturally appropriate skills training

B.C.’s construction sector is anticipated to grow significantly in the coming decade, making skills training for young people—the workforce of tomorrow—essential. To meet this need, in 2020/21 the Construction Foundation of BC expanded the Indigenous Skills initiative to grow interest in wood working among young people. Working with First Nations schools to explore culturally rooted wood working projects with educators and youth, the project provided hands-on trades discovery for K-12 classes.
Workshops were undertaken in an online learning environment or delivered in-person when safe to do so. Online delivery started with training teachers to lead their classrooms through different projects primarily using cedar. Indigenous youth used traditional carving tools to learn about B.C. wood products that celebrated West Coast Indigenous practices. Supporting education materials were also developed, including an Indigenous Skills Wood Book, IndigenousSkills.ca website, and a series of instructional videos.

Photo: Walking online workshop participants through carving a Feast Bowl | Credit: Dean Heron