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WoodWorks Summit Shaping the Future of Sustainable Construction

The growing prevalence of wood construction in Canada and around the world is the result of many factors. Chief among them are wood’s environmental characteristics, which are directly in line with the drive towards lower-carbon construction solutions. Technical advancements in engineered wood products, the growing demand for mass timber in the marketplace, and updated building codes that permit taller and larger wood structures have also enabled and encouraged designers to explore new ways of building with wood.

For practitioners that want to expand their networks and keep pace with new developments in wood design and construction, there’s a valuable new event happening November 15-16 in Vancouver, BC.

The WoodWorks Summit 2023 is a 2-day educational conference for AEC+D professionals that has a dynamic program of mass timber building tours, a mass timber manufacturing tour, networking opportunities, an exhibitor showcase, and an impressive educational program packed with high-profile speakers.

“Design and construction industry professionals familiar with the popular Wood Solutions Conferences, hosted by the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) for more than 20 years, won’t want to miss the inaugural WoodWorks Summit 2023,” says Martin Richard, VP of Communications and Market Development at the CWC. “This specialized conference is dedicated to sharing the latest advancements and applications for wood products and building systems alongside valuable market information and code updates.”

The theme of the Summit, Shaping the Future of Sustainable Construction, not only points to the content of the program, but also signals the important and growing role that wood construction will play in the built environment.

More than 40 expert panelists and speakers will present at the Summit including 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 at the Summit including KF Aerospace, Ascent, and the First Nations Health Authority’s new Metro Vancouver office. There will also be presentations on acoustics, engineered wood products, sustainable forestry, the evolution of building codes, navigating jurisdictional requirements, prefabrication, and more.

The educational sessions are registered with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia. AIBC members attending both the tours and educational conference can earn up to 7 Core Learning Units at the Summit.

Regular registration for the Summit is $350 +HST and includes the networking event on November 15, and the full conference pass on November 16, 2023.

Full details can be found on the WoodWorks Summit website here

A limited number of discounted passes for educators and post-secondary students are available by contacting Sarah Hicks by email [email protected]