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Largest wood design conference set for Vancouver

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Building and design professionals from B.C. and across the continent will converge in Vancouver for what is expected to be the largest conference on wood design and construction in North America.

The upcoming 2017 Wood Design & Construction Solutions Conference is taking place on Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, March 1 at the Vancouver Convention Centre – East. Presented by Wood WORKS! BC and the Canadian Wood Council, the conference is part of Wood Week BC., four events happening over 10 days on the latest trends and topics on wood design and construction with a range of educational and networking opportunities.

Current trends and important new topics will be highlighted over two days, including mass timber and hybrid system design, transformative building technologies, recent innovations, off-site prefabrication, sustainability and fire and acoustic performance.

Distinguished speakers will be coming from across Canada, the U.S. and from around the world, including Austria, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia and the U.K. Themed seminar streams and an expanded program will be featured, including a dedicated seminar stream for contractors and builders. An exhibit hall and wood product experts will provide a venue for interaction and information-gathering for delegates.

“Climate-friendly and technologically advanced wood products and systems are recognized as significant game-changers in our future built environment. It is wood that’s playing a leading role in ground-breaking and distinctive structures in B.C. and beyond,” explained Lynn Embury-Williams, executive director, Wood WORKS! BC. “Wood WORKS! BC is pleased to support B.C.’s building and design community with renewed learning and collaboration opportunities at the Wood Design & Construction Solutions Conference.”

B.C. builders and designers are increasingly embracing wood products and systems for their many advantages, such as speed of construction and environmental benefits, appreciating that wood stores carbon and is the only renewable building material. The reduced carbon footprint and embodied energy play an important role in sustainable development and climate change mitigation.

“Continued innovation in B.C. wood design in taller, larger and more complex wood buildings, confirms that proficiency and ingenuity using technologically advanced wood products and systems are essential for the future of building and design,” concluded Embury-Williams.

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