There are many factors that are shaping and will shape the future of tall wood construction in BC.

The environment

The first important factor is the changing face of global environmental policies. BC is already very preoccupied with the environment, but now more and more people around the world are also concerned about the environment.

As we mentioned last month, using Big Wood in construction is actually very environmentally friendly. Wood is very strong, it’s very easy to work with because of its flexibility, and if we use wood in a sensible way–replacing what we take–then the use of Big Wood is considerably more environmentally friendly than steel.

Public Policy Support

The next big factor would be the support of large public policy makers like the Canadian Wood Council. We know they support the use of Big Wood in construction because they say so out loud.

It’s very important that these large organizations educate the public that the use of Big Wood is good for BC and not a strain on our natural resources. The general public may not realize the negative impact on the environment of smelting iron to create steel, and how using Big Wood doesn’t have to hurt the environment at all.

Resilience and sustainability

Resilience and sustainability are also major trends, and, fortunately, Big Wood satisfies that trend, too. It may feel somewhat counterintuitive that “going back to nature” is what we need to preserve our future. Nevertheless, that appears to be the case.

The fact is that more lumber comes from British Columbia than anywhere else in Canada. So, those working in the lumber industry in British Columbia need to be the leaders in showing others both in Canada and abroad how to use lumber efficiently and yet sustainably. We’re up for the challenge. Are you?

If you are interested in using Big Wood for your construction project, definitely get in touch with us. This is our business.

Seagate Mass Timber is leading the revolution in “Big Wood” being used in all areas of construction. Seagate has offices in British Columbia, Canada and the US in Washington state. If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about your construction project, please call us at (604) 296-1171.

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