New mass timber action plan announced – BC News
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Artist’s rendering of the new log building to be constructed on the University of Victoria campus.
NDP Cabinet Ministers today announced $1.2 million in funding for four new massive logging projects, including a new 783 student housing building for the University of Victoria.
The announcement was part of the unveiling of the government’s new solid wood action plan.
“Not only will this new…building provide affordable housing for nearly 800 students, but because it is constructed with solid wood, it will be one of the greenest and most sustainable buildings in North America,” said Ravi. Kahlon, British Columbia Minister of Employment. , Economic recovery and innovation.
Essentially, the government’s plan uses public procurement to encourage the use of solid wood and engineered wood products in the construction of public buildings – replacing concrete, steel and brick – as a way to strengthen the sector National Solid Wood Manufacturing Association of British Columbia.
Solid wood includes engineered wood products such as cross-laminated timber, which can be made from small dimension lumber. The action plan aims to see up to 10 new mass timber manufacturers in British Columbia by 2035.
“Solid timber is a new low-carbon, value-added wood product that has the potential to revolutionize the way we build here at home, but also in emerging markets around the world,” Kahlon said.
Faced with a long-term decline in the annual allowable cut in British Columbia, the government of John Horgan promoted a strategy of doing more with less, emphasizing higher value-added manufacturing such as lumber engineered and solid wood.
“The growth of British Columbia’s hardwood sector is a key part of our government’s vision for the future of forestry – a future where we get more value from every tree harvested,” said Minister of Forestry. British Columbia Forests, Katrine Conroy.
In a recent interview with BIV News, Chris Bataille, an academic at Simon Fraser University and contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Task 3 report for the sixth assessment, said he is now predicted that the use of steel in construction could be reduced by 40% in the coming decades and cement by 20% through the substitution of materials.
Solid wood is an alternative material that is already beginning to reduce the amount of cement and steel used in high-rise construction.
“Solid wood can match or exceed the structural performance of concrete and steel while reducing carbon emissions by up to 45%,” Kahlon said. “Compared to machined lumber, solid wood can offer up to seven times the economic value of our forest products. »
Kahlon said the new hardwood plan will be presented at an international conference in Portland, Oregon.
“I will take with us our Mass Timber Action Plan, which we are releasing today, to show the world what we are doing to support and grow this important industry,” Kahlon said.