B.C. is recognized as a global leader in sustainable forest management, meeting the environmental, social and economic needs of current and future generations. Stringent forest laws, skilled forestry professionals, comprehensive monitoring and enforcement support our renewable resource. This is further reinforced by Canada being the international leader in forest certification, with B.C. contributing more than any other province. The forest sector plays an important role in the B.C. economy providing jobs for people and revenue for hospitals, schools and other public institutions. In B.C. there are over 5,300 skilled forest professions ensuring B.C. forests are here for generations to come.
To learn more about B.C.'s sustainable forests, visit naturallywood.com/sustainable-forests.
Innovative new technologies and building systems have enabled longer wood spans, taller walls and higher buildings, contributing to a wider range of wood construction system solutions and building opportunities.
Wood is used as a structural building material in many types of buildings, from single-family homes to multi-story condominiums and offices, schools, health facilities, recreational centers and public gathering areas.
With growing pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment, building designers are increasingly being called upon to balance functionality and cost objectives with reduced environmental impact. Wood is a cost-effective material and a renewable resource that can help to achieve that balance.
Mid-rise wood frame construction (four to six storeys) is becoming increasingly popular as a means of boosting densification, containing urban sprawl, and respecting infrastructure limits while maintaining neighbourhood charm and community appeal.
Wood grows naturally and is renewable. Sustainable forest management involves meeting society's need for forest products and other benefits, while respecting the values people attach to forests and preserving forest health and diversity for the future.