Design and construction industry professionals familiar with the popular “Wood Solutions” conferences, hosted by the Canadian Wood Council for more than 20 years, will want to save the date for the inaugural WoodWorks Summit 2023 – Shaping the Future of Sustainable Construction – taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre November 14-16, 2023.

The WoodWorks Summit will take the best of the Wood Solutions Conference and present it in an expanded, high-profile, multi-day offering that includes mass timber manufacturing and building tours, a mass timber industry roundtable (by invitation only), and various networking opportunities in addition to the highly regarded educational program and exhibitor showcase of the original conference format.

This specialized conference is a valuable educational event dedicated to helping practitioners increase their capacity for sustainable wood design and construction by sharing the latest advancements and applications for wood products and building systems alongside valuable market information and code updates.

The conference organizers are pleased to present a program of more than 20 expert panelists and speakers that includes Lara Kaufman from Studio Gang Architects, Tim and Boris Gokhman from New Land Enterprises, Lindsey Wikstrom from Mattaforma, and international guest presenter Lasse Lind from 3XN / XGN in Denmark.

Several building case studies will be presented including KF Aerospace, Ascent, and the First Nations Health Authority’s new metro Vancouver office. The presentations in the educational program range from inspirational to technical, offering something for everyone. Additional technical topics include acoustics, engineered wood products, sustainable forestry, the evolution of building codes, navigating jurisdictional requirements, insuring mass timber, prefabrication and more.

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Globally, the growing prevalence of wood construction is the result of many factors. For one, wood’s environmental characteristics are directly in line with the drive towards lower-carbon construction solutions. In addition, technical advancements in engineered wood products, the growing utilization of mass timber in the marketplace, and updated building codes that permit taller and larger wood structures have enabled and encouraged designers to explore new ways of building with wood.


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