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B.C. invests $8 million to advance wood and grow global markets

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Office of the Premier

B.C. invests $8 million to advance wood and grow global markets

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Stephen Smart
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
778 389-6202
Greig Bethel
Media Relations
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
250 356-5261
Media Contacts
Stephen Smart
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
778 389-6202
Greig Bethel
Media Relations
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
250 356-5261

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Marketing Initiatives

BC Wood Specialties Group –  $528,000

  • Pursue niche opportunities for value-added wood products at high impact trade events in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Bring together B.C. and Canadian value-added wood products manufacturers with pre-qualified international buyers and specifiers at the 2016 Global Buyers Mission in Whistler.
  • Explore market opportunities and increase value-added wood product sales in China, Japan, South Korea, Mexico and Europe.

Canada Wood Group – $3.44 million

  • In China: pursue innovative uses of B.C. wood in construction and in manufacturing by addressing building code constraints and providing training and quality support.
  • In Japan: develop innovative building solutions to expand the use of lumber and panel products in non-residential applications.
  • In South Korea: continue wood-frame design and construction training to support innovative building solutions for larger scale developments, including multi-family structures and infill walls.
  • Expand the global reach of B.C. wood products with market access and development teams in China, Japan, Korea, Europe and India.
  • Respond to global phytosanitary barriers to trade and product acceptance issues for B.C. wood products.

Cedar Shake and Shingle Association – $44,000

  • Encourage the use of cedar roofing and sidewall shakes and shingles as a product of choice among specifiers in the U.S. with a multi-faceted education and marketing campaign.

Coast Forest Products Association – $116,000

  • In Japan: promote the use of B.C. coastal species for innovative hybrid solutions for multi-unit, institutional and other non-residential buildings.
  • In China: create demand in landscape and appearance grade applications for B.C. coastal species by increasing awareness and building technical knowledge.

Council of Forest Industries – $375,000

  • In China: explore existing applications and innovate new applications for B.C. forest products, such as energy efficient wood wall systems and tourism-oriented structures.
  • In Japan: expand opportunities for spruce-pine-fir (SPF) lumber by promoting wood frame and hybrid construction in the non-residential sector and in large-scale buildings.
  • In South Korea: grow the use of SPF lumber in multi-storey/multi-unit buildings including through the application of infill wall systems.

Engineered Wood Products Association (APA) – $53,000

  • Create new opportunities and demand for B.C. structural panels and engineered wood products in large-scale non-residential construction in Japan through the development of structural engineering data, supported by a diversified promotional and educational program for Japanese specifiers.

Western Red Cedar Lumber Association – $908,000

  • Increase market awareness and improve western red cedar’s value proposition with an integrated comprehensive program of marketing, communication, education and outreach efforts.

Wood Pellet Association of Canada – $87,000

  • In Europe: communicate sustainability of B.C. wood pellets to the power generation and heating sectors, and improve the regulatory environment for wood pellets.
  • In Japan: identify new customers for industrial wood pellets and increase the amount of volume under long-term sales contracts.

Wood Products Council – $645,000

  • Encourage a shift in the U.S. design and builder community that results in greater wood use in non-residential and multi-unit construction projects.
  • Provide technical advice, education, and support to drive demand and support the specification of wood over alternative materials.

For more information, please visit: http://www.bcfii.ca/investment-funding/overview

WoodFirst Initiatives

Canadian Wood Council – $544,000

  • Provide technical support and advice to address wood performance attributes in multi-family, multi-storey and non-residential projects.
  • Convey practical wood design solutions through educational events.
  • Communicate sound wood construction practices.
  • Support building and fire code changes that address the use of wood.
  • Broaden wood design awareness through a wood awards program.
  • Conduct studies on issues and barriers to using wood.

Design Build Research Institute – $24,000

  • Develop student understanding of wood by providing opportunities to translate design concepts into built objects and gain hands-on experience through design-build projects.

FPInnovations – $361,000

  • Improve entrepreneurial skills of small- to medium-size wood product manufacturers by improving their capacity to adopt new manufacturing technologies and develop new products through technology transfer projects, technical assessments, workshops, webinars and face-to-face outreach activities.
  • Conduct fire research to inform the engineering of fire stops for service openings (wall access for plumbing and wiring) in Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), and to develop fire-test data on fire door frame-to-CLT panel connections.

University of British Columbia – $346,000

  • Support value-added manufacturers in their development of new products through design, engineering, prototyping, testing and cost/benefit analyses.
  • Foster collaboration between manufacturers and industrial designers in various subsectors of the value-added wood industry through organizing a series of networking meetings.
  • Convey advanced wood processing solutions, such as industrial robotics, through educational events.
  • Research and document the construction process of UBC’s Brock Commons tall wood (18-storey) student residence.

University of Northern British Columbia – $23,000

  • Conduct research to prepare flexible connection details for use in mass timber structures in seismically active regions.

BC Wood Specialties Group – $420,000

  • Educate and train architects, engineers, interior designers and construction professionals on available B.C. wood products and their applications through a variety of educational events, such as lunch-and-learn sessions, group seminars and factory tours.
  • Promote building products and systems, as well as the benefits of wood in construction and design, with value-added forest products companies at trade events.
  • Increase competitiveness, innovation and adaptability of individual value-added wood companies by improving their marketing and business development capability through assessments, site visits, workshops and business development projects.

BC Construction Association – $58,000

  • Research barriers to innovative wood use in non-residential and mid-rise structures, and make recommendations to improve the capacity and effectiveness of the supply chain from component manufacturers to builders and installers.

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