Okanagan College is constructing the province’s first building using pine-beetle kill wood as a stand-in for Forest Stewardship Council-certified lumber.
Vancouver-based CEI Architecture Planning Interiors designed the college’s Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation, in Penticton.
The $28-million project, to be used by 800 students, is planned as a showcase of sustainable design.
“We were able to put a case forward to use pine-beetle kill wood as salvaged wood,” CEI partner Tim McLennan, who is also director of Kelowna operations, said in an interview. “We can meet the sustainability standard using B.C. wood, specifically pinebeetle kill, which has a huge socioeconomic benefit to the region.”
CEI negotiated with the International Living Building Institute (ILBI) — which urges architects and others in the construction industry to create buildings to the highest standards of sustainability — to use wood from pine-beetle kill forest in lieu of FSCcertified lumber.