Blue-stained pine beetle wood is being used for the construction of what could be North America’s greenest building.
The BC lumber industry has been struggling for years to spread the message that the beetle-infected wood, also known as denim pine, is not defective but rather a high-quality product with environmental benefits.
West Kelowna’s Gorman Brothers Lumber donated $15,000 worth of the wood on Wednesday for the construction of a new Centre of Excellence building at the Penticton campus of Okanagan College.
Jim Hamilton, the president of Okanagan College, says the building is intended to have a zero net carbon footprint.
“If you don’t use the wood, the trees die,” Hamilton said. “They rot and emit carbon so we’re actually doing a good thing for the environment by using this wood.”
The new educational facility is under construction and is expected to be completed in March 2011.