forum Wood: Construction | North America June 12, 2015

On May 26th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on forum Wood: Construction | North America June 12, 2015

Hosted by UNBC, Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design

The forum Wood: Construction | North America will be held in Prince George, B.C. Canada on June 12th 2015. The inaugural event for the North American Edition of the very successful conference series in Europe with events like IHF Garmisch and similar events in Italy, France and others.

This year’s conference in Prince George, home of the Wood Innovation Design Center (WIDC), will focus on prefabrication, multi material construction, modern connections and more presented by international experts. The presentations will cover the natural flow from vision, design & RFP, engineering, prefabrication and on-site installation. The conference will end with a networking reception hosted in the Wood Innovation Design Center including a tour of the building.

Attendees will cover the entire spectrum of the construction industry, from stake holders and policy makers, architects and engineers to construction companies.

Please click here to register for the event

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Kiln Drying Training Program – Essentials of Wood Drying (5 days) – June 8-12, 2015

On May 26th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on Kiln Drying Training Program – Essentials of Wood Drying (5 days) – June 8-12, 2015

A comprehensive, hands-on introduction to drying technology taught from a practical, real-life perspective and backed with solid explanations into the scientific background of drying.

This highly-regarded workshop discusses the key processes and concepts involved in drying wood. Beginning with wood properties and moisture movement, students become familiar with kiln design considerations, drying schedules and kiln loading considerations. Other topics include drying with air, drying degrade, lumber storage and handling, control systems and power plants.

Date: June 8th – 12th, 2015

Location: Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, Vancouver, BC

For more information and to register, click here or contact Jason at

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Akhurst Live Demonstration Event on June 12 & 13, 2015

On May 26th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on Akhurst Live Demonstration Event on June 12 & 13, 2015

We invite you to join us at our Live Demonstration Event on June 12 & 13, 2015 

Come view the latest in Woodworking Equipment and Technology,
and enjoy machine demonstrations, food, and refreshments at our Delta warehouse.

DATE: Friday, June 12 & Saturday, June 13, 2015

TIME: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (feel free to drop by anytime)


Akhurst Delta Warehouse

1669 Foster’s Way

Delta, BC V3M 6S7

Click here for map

Click here to RSVP and for more information

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Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat natural disasters

On May 26th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat natural disasters

Japan’s scenery is both mesmerizing and inviting, yet its landscape is also often threatened by natural disasters. This leaves homeowners with the task of reinforcing their homes. One family in southwest Japan has opted to hire Architecture Studio Nolla to build a hybrid house of both traditional lumber and glued laminated timber (glulam, for short), which provides protection from Mother Nature, cost-effective climate control, and – most importantly – peace of mind.

Glulam is a versatile wooden beam consisting of multiple “wooden laminations” which are fused together with a strong, moisture-resistant adhesive. The product boasts to be, pound for pound, stronger than steel, and is revolutionary in both commercial and residential constructions. This means that the material can withstand normal weathering, as well as a more intense storm.

Cost is right alongside durability on the list of homeowners’ priorities, and luckily the Hybrid Wooden House costs about the same as a typical “post and beam” home in the area, likely due to not needing as much material as a building made of conventional timber.

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CLT Shake Table Test in Japan

On April 27th, 2015, posted in: Industry News, Japan by Comments Off on CLT Shake Table Test in Japan

As I have noted in previous articles, CLT has become one of the hottest topics in the Japanese construction industry over the past year or so. Much of this has to do with the Japanese government pushing the idea of large-scale wooden buildings as a way to increase the demand for domestic wood species. There are many ideas on how to accomplish this including the utilization of fire-rated 2×4 or post & beam assemblies. In North America, such use of fire-retardant coverings and sprinkler systems is well accepted. However, in Japan, many people believe that the structural material itself should be fire-proof as such measures could be compromised in earthquakes. Mass timber offers the promise of such natural fire resistance in large wooden structures thus leading to its ever-expanding following.

Aside from fire, earthquakes themselves are of course a major concern. Therefore, the CLT Association of Japan conducted tests on a five story CLT structure on the world’s largest shake table in Miki City, Hyogo Prefecture in February. I was fortunate enough to be invited to witness the structure being shaken with the same force as the devastating Kobe earthquake in 1995 and was able to make a video. Conducting these tests to prove the seismic strength of CLT is just another step in convincing Japanese construction companies to promote CLT structures going forward.

Please view the shake table test here: (if you can not view the video below, click on the following link:


Japan CLT Shake Table Test Video

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US Market Update

On April 27th, 2015, posted in: Industry News, USA by Comments Off on US Market Update

A few comments, suggestions, and ideas that may be of interest…

BC Wood has two important trade events taking place in the next few months that members should be aware of. Interest in both events is high as they each reach diverse, yet important target markets in the residential and light commercial construction sectors in the Western United States.


From May 11 to 13, BC Wood and member companies will be participating in The National American Indian Housing Council Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona. This exploratory event should provide a solid opportunity for BC manufacturers of prebuilt, log Home, and timber frame housing to create new market share and sales into this growing niche market. The need for quality built housing for First Nations and Native American communities is being felt across North America. This show attracts over 1,000 of the key influencers and decision makers for both the single and multi-family housing sector for tribal communities across the United States. BC Wood has made inroads on working with architect and building firms that specializes in providing housing solutions to Native American Communities. This combined with recent success from BC based prebuilt housing manufacturers selling to Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, suggests that this niche market provides potential and needs further exploration as provided by this trade event.


In late June, BC Wood will once again participate in the annual Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) in San Diego. This event provides a very effective way for BC suppliers of interior and exterior construction material and supplies to connect with builders, architects, and distributors from targeted markets across the West Coast of the United States, including California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest. With residential construction starts being strong across the California market, it is expected that member companies will develop strong leads and sales opportunities through their participation at PCBC.

We have very limited space available for both events so if you are interested, please contact me immediately at or on my cell at 604-728-8786.

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IDSwest 2015 – September 24-27

On April 27th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on IDSwest 2015 – September 24-27

The Interior Design Shown West (IDSwest) is Western Canada’s annual premiere residential design show featuring 250 exhibitors. IDSwest attracts 35,000+ attendees over 3 ½ days, including 5,000 guests to The Party on Opening Night, 6,000 designers, architects, buyers, builders/developers, and other industry professionals during trade day, and an additional 25,000 consumers interested in design. This year, IDSwest will take place from September 24 to 27 in Vancouver.

Participation is open to manufacturers, distributors, importers, retailers, designers, and others interested in marketing, selling, and promoting Canadian and international products and services for the design industry.

BC Wood will coordinate the exhibition of member companies at IDSwest with a 800 sq ft island pavilion.

At this time, all we need is an expression of interest from you as space is limited. When the actual price has been determined, pre-registration and deposit on BC Wood’s online system is required.

Contact Ken Hori at for more information and to arrange your participation.

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On April 27th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on EXPO CIHAC MEXICO CITY & TRADE MISSION, OCT 13-17, 2015

BC Wood will coordinate the exhibition of member companies at the EXPO CIHAC MEXICO CITY 2015 together with a trade mission component to meet Mexican wood importers, distributors, manufacturers, and visit construction sites. Member companies that participate in this event will have an opportunity to gain first-hand market intelligence, further develop their Mexico market network, and meet prospective importers and buyers.

This 27th anniversary of EXPO CIHAC is the best exposure for the Building Construction Industry in Latin America. Over 53,000 construction industry professionals participate in 150 conferences, 115 workshops, and see 500 exhibitors showcasing their products in building materials, machinery, equipment, tools, building systems, prefabricated technologies, and industry trends.

BC Wood will have a 21 sqm booth where member participants will have kiosk displays to show their products and services, meet attending delegates, and have the support of bilingual staff. Member participants will also have the opportunity to join the five day trade mission component, running simultaneous with the show days, to meet with qualified importers, distributors, manufacturers, industry associations, and see construction sites.

Contact Ken Hori at for more information and to arrange your participation.

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Spotlight: J&S Reclaimed Wood Custom Furniture

On April 27th, 2015, posted in: Client Visits, Industry News by Comments Off on Spotlight: J&S Reclaimed Wood Custom Furniture

J&S Reclaimed Wood Custom Furniture is a studio workshop in Vancouver, BC Canada. Their team rescues local antique wood from dilapidated heritage buildings, old barns, abandoned industrial buildings, unwanted pallets, and fallen logs. They take pride in turning unwanted material into beautiful timeless pieces of handmade furniture for homes and businesses.

Partners, Josh Hooge and Steve McFarlane have generations of wood workers in their ancestry with Josh’s reaching back to the 1600’s in Germany. In 2012, they started building reclaimed wood furniture as a hobby in their backyard. After decorating their own home, friends and family soon noticed their talent and began requesting pieces of furniture for their own houses. Word traveled and orders started piling up, necessitating a move of production to a small east Vancouver garage.

In 2012, J&S Reclaimed Wood Custom Furniture was founded. Growing commercial attention required moving to a much larger workshop and the hiring of staff to assist with full time production. Every single step of production is done by the J&S team onsite from designing to building to sanding and finishing. Every piece is engineered to suit their customer’s lifestyle and design needs. They focus on highlighting the unique natural beauty of the raw materials, while designing each piece of furniture to be durable, simple, and functional. Not only is it environmentally sustainable and eco-friendly, each piece they make has its own unique story that we want to preserve for years to come.

In 2015, they received recognition from the Industry Training Authority for ongoing sponsorship of interns from a local women’s trades training program. They provide hands-on training, practical skills, and exposure to a real world shop environment in preparation for apprenticeship in the trade. The majority of these interns have gone on to successfully pursue careers in the woodworking industry, some as apprentices on the J&S team.

Watch the video below for more on J&S Reclaimed Wood Custom Furniture (if you can not see the video link below, click here:



â-¶ J&S Reclaimed Wood Custom Furniture - Our Story


For more information on J&S Reclaimed Wood Custom Furniture, visit their website:



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Specifier’s Program Update

On April 27th, 2015, posted in: Architects, Industry News by Comments Off on Specifier’s Program Update

As this is our first Wood Connections article of BC Wood’s new fiscal year which began April 1st, we generally use the occasion to reflect back on the past year.

Our last fiscal year saw the Specifier Program conduct over 50 events; most of them being lunch & learn sessions. We also participated in a number of trade show activities that targeted specifiers including:

  • Vancouver Regional Construction Association Annual Conference
  • Wood First Forum in conjunction with the GBM in Whistler
  • Architectural Institute of BC’s Annual Conference
  • Wood Work’s Wood Solution Fair
  • Buildex in Vancouver and Calgary
  • IDSwest, Vancouver

Most recently, we also took a number of companies to the US Pacific Northwest and Alberta where they presented to architects in three major locations in each of these jurisdictions.

BC Wood also maintained membership in good standing with the following associations:

  • Architectural Institute of BC
  • Alberta Association of Architects
  • American Institute of Architects (nationally)
  • Interior Designers Continuing Educational Council
  • Vancouver Regional Construction Association
  • Independent Business Construction Association
  • Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers of Canada, BC Chapter

Lunch and learn sessions continued to be the backbone of the program. While last year we did meet with a few specifying firms for the first time, the number of these first time lunch & learns has become less and less due to our having presented to so many firms over the years and last year was no exception. Approximately 80% of all lunch & learn activities focused on one or two companies; all of which were return sessions for specifier firms who had already received the industry overview.

We also started offering, or were requested by the specifying firms, two 30 minute seminars. This was a win – win as it allowed for the specifiers to learn in fair depth about two topics and earn their full hour learning credits. It also provided the presenters with an opportunity to participate in more lunch and learn sessions. Another format that is quite popular is off-site group seminars. These are generally offered outside the Lower Mainland – primarily Vancouver Island and the Interior. Last year, we held these group seminars in Nanaimo and Victoria.

The specifier workshops we held in both the US Pacific Northwest and Alberta were very successful. Five companies from industry participated and presented in 3 cities in both markets. The total attendance for all six cities was around 170.

The associations that BC Wood is a member of are a vital component of the Specifiers program, primarily providing access to their members and allowing BC Wood to provide educational credits. BC Wood does this so that you don’t have to.

In our next Wood Connections article, we will lay out our plans for the rest of this new fiscal year. In the meantime, should you wish additional information on any of the foregoing, please contact me or call me at the office. I would be pleased to discuss it with you.

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