b'RISE IN WOOD MANUFACTURINGa head start as more wood developmentsStructurlam is taking steps to prepareare available, less than one per cent is enter the pipeline. As such, it is afor that demand. In addition toharvested annually.strategy embraced by the B.C. branchincreasing their supply, it is consulting of Wood WORKS!, a Canadian Woodwith industry stakeholders to bothWe love working with wood and we Council program that promotes the usepromote the benefits of mass timber andhave a very well maintained ecosystem of wood in commercial, industrial andassist in its adoption. that allows us to do that, he adds.Photo courtesy of naturallywood.com, photo by Ema Peterinstitutional projects.Weve been working with differentB.C. IN THE LEADThe B.C. government is workingforms of wood for 57 years. We knowIn addition to upcoming National on getting the code adopted andhow to speak the industrys language andBuilding Code changes, there are also implemented by the end of 2019, andwere ready to scale up, says Wentzel.initiatives like B-354, which seeks to thats a big deal, says Lynn Embury- require the Federal Government to Williams, Executive Director of WoodMAKING A CASE FOR WOODconsider wood in federal infrastructure WORKS! BC. Thats the earliest acrossWoods growing popularity is wellprojects. Combined with enhanced the country, and its a signal to all thedeserved. In addition to enabling fasterinterest in wood-building designs and developers out here to get ready for aconstruction than more traditionalgrowing awareness for woods sustainable large number of taller wood buildingsmaterials, its environmentally-friendlyand eco-friendly properties, the forecast that will soon begin construction. attributes give it an edge among todaysis bright for all manufacturers.eco-forward building owners As for the B.C. industrys prospects, DEMAND AND SUPPLY and developers.Embury-Williams says the province Mass timber products have surged inFrom a sustainability perspective,is poised to lead the wood revolution popularity over recent years. Initiallyahead thanks to its experienced players conceived in Europe, the technologytheres nothing better in constructionand industry history: The industry became popular in Canada around 2012than wood. You can harvest it, replantin B.C. has grown significantly and is when the NBCC was altered to permitit and grow more while youre usingproducing technologically advanced wood building construction up to sixit. Its completely renewable, sayswood products and building systems storeys. Shortly after that, StructurlamWentzel, adding, All the while, woodfor a new generation of buildings being became one of the first manufacturers incan also absorb and sequester carbon,planned for our urban streetscapes. An North America to bring the technologymaking it a positive contributor to theestablished and well-aligned supply to domestic markets. environment.chain, together with the benefits of prefabrication and construction Mass timber took off very quickly asIt helps, Wentzel continues, that woodefficiency offered by wood, help a mainstream building product at theis abundant in regions like B.C., whereachieve cost competitiveness and other time, and that was largely to do with theit is integrally tied into the provincesadvantages. Today, our capabilities fact that B.C. already had a very strongeconomy. B.C.s forestry industry isand ability to innovate in the wood wood building culture, recalls Wentzel.among the most sophisticated in themanufacturing space are almost Wood is abundant here, and were keenworld; primarily, because it representssecond-to-none, with seemingly endless a significant tax base for the province.possibilities for wood in buildingto use wood wherever we can. Out of the millions of hectares thatand design.Traditionally, mass timber manufacturers like Structurlam have sold a bulk of their goods in U.S. and China markets, with Canada representing a small (but healthy) portion of sales. Now, with new limitsYOU KNOWon mass timber projects, demand is anticipated to climb.CONSTRUCTION.There has traditionally been a lot ofWE KNOWraw material supply heading to otherCONSTRUCTIONmarkets, and it has taken quite a whileLAW.to build up enough demand in B.C. and elsewhere in Canada for producersWere here for you.to become interested in producing mass timber products, says Embury- www.pihl.caWilliams. Now, with the upcoming code changes, we have new producersNathan MacDermottB.Comm., J.D. Andrew PriorB.A. (HONS), LL.B.announced in B.C., and I believe theyreConstruction Law. Commercial Litigation. Construction Law. Real Estate Law. Commercial Litigation.going to see increased demand for theirnathan.macdermott@pihl.ca andrew.prior@pihl.caproducts within the province. SICA CONSTRUCTION REVIEWFall 201949'