Daily News for May 26, 2024

Wood, Paper & Green Building

Mass timber design showcased in big and small-scale education projects

By Warren Frey
The Daily Commercial News
May 24, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Mass timber is making strides in the educational space with two new projects in Vancouver and Toronto. Acton Ostry Architects associate principal Milos Begovic presented the Here to Stay: Educational Projects in Mass Timber session during the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s annual conference held in Vancouver. Begovic highlighted innovative wood-based construction at both the Little Flower Academy, a Catholic girl’s school in Vancouver, and the Limberlost Place project in Toronto, a 10-storey building on the George Brown College campus. Currently the National Building Code only allows up to two storeys of combustible construction for assembly and occupancy projects so it was necessary to follow alternative compliance prescribed in the code to get both projects built. “If we can prove equivalent fire safety features can be achieved through alternative means and these projects used mitigating measures to achieve that goal,” he said.

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Forestry

Burnt trees, new life — thousands of trees were destroyed in a wildfire outside Halifax last year

By Aly Thomson
CBC News
May 26, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

HALIFAX — Many property owners in the woodsy suburbs of Upper Tantallon and Hammonds Plains are working with a group of organizations to have blackened trees removed from their land. They are being given a new life at a lumber yard in Greenfield, Nova Scotia. Every part of the tree has a use — from wood pellets to lumber — lumber that those in the industry say could easily wind up helping rebuild homes destroyed in the very community they were plucked from. And while clearing the trees has been cathartic for some residents who felt their appearance forced them to relive that day, those in forest ecology say they should have been left alone. …,Willett and Freeman Lumber worked with every resident to decide which trees would stay and which would go. Some people wanted mostly everything removed. Some wanted all their hardwoods kept in the hopes it would sprout new life.

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Conservation strengthened in Great Bear Rainforest

By Ministry of Forests
Government of British Columbia
May 24, 2024
Category: General

The Province and Kwiakah First Nation have created a new Special Forest Management Area supporting regenerative forestry and conservation in the southern Great Bear Rainforest. …Bruce Ralston, Minister of Forests said, “This partnership with Kwiakah represents a continuation of our joint work to ensure the Great Bear Rainforest will continue to provide sustainable jobs and healthy forests for our children and grandchildren.”Chief Steven Dick of Kwiakah First Nation, said: “By creating the M̓ac̓inuxʷ Special Forest Management Area, we are asserting our inherent responsibilities and creating an Indigenous-led conservation economy that will steward, heal and mend our territory while allowing our people to thrive.” …The M̓ac̓inuxʷ Special Forest Management Area covers 7,865 hectares of forested land within the Great Bear Rainforest. …Any lost harvesting revenue is intended to be counteracted through the generation of carbon credits and regenerative forestry jobs.

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