Vancouver-based CEI Architecture Planning Interiors has used British Columbia lumber ravaged by the pine beetle epidemic in construction of a new building at Okanagan College in Penticton.
CEI negotiated with the International Living Building Institute – which urges architects, contractors and building owners to create buildings to the highest standards of sustainability – to use wood from pine-beetle kill forest on the project in lieu of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified lumber.
The Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation is the province’s first building to use pine-beetle kill wood as a stand-in for FSC-certified lumber.
The two-storey, 70,000-square-foot structure is built entirely using wood-frame construction.
The post-secondary facility, which will both promote green-construction methods and use its green features to teach students about sustainable building techniques, has been designed to meet the Living Building Challenge (LBC).
The LBC sets out a series of ambitious, environmentally friendly requirements for buildings that CEI architects say exceed LEED Platinum standards.