Increasingly large number of professionals from the community of the architects, designers, structural engineers, developers, builders, manufacturers, contractors and everything in between, has a heightened consciousness about sustainability as the need of the hour and have thus become advocates, practitioners and users of green technologies and processes to contribute their might to thwart global warming. Today, they are collectively and individually working to create more and more spaces that are great for the environment.
Canada being a world leader in sustainable forest management practices is a leading promoter of certified wood. FII (Canadian Wood), a crown agency of the Govt. of B.C. Canada are committed to a sustainable and prosperous future by promoting cost efficient lumber from sustainably managed natural forests to India and other off-shore markets.
Canadian Wood is pleased to support and participate in the recently concluded Greenbuild India at Mumbai from 2-5 November, 2017, one of the most noteworthy industry events on green building.
Vivekabhilash & Bhawna of Artius Interior Products in front of the wooden house at Acetech.
A 40 sq.m. customised booth showcased how sawn lumber in standardised grades and sizes can be used in interiors, structural and outdoors to gain green building points. Large information panels carried details on B.C.’s world-renowned sustainable forest management practices with 52 million hectares certified to one of three internationally recognized certification standards – PEFC (CSA, SFI) and FSC.
While the three programs used in B.C. Canada have a different approach, they all promote the same principles, criteria and objectives that are viewed as the basis of sustainable forest management around the world. All three have balanced governance, with boards representing environmental, social and economic interests, and all three revise their standards regularly through an open public process.
B.C. Canada has adopted an inclusive approach and accepts all internationally-recognized third-party forest certification programs. An engaging infographic put forward the positive wood miles that wood accumulates even when shipped from B.C.
Pranesh Chhibber, Country Director, FII (Canadian Wood) made a brief presentation to the stake holders at the GreenBuild on “Wood from Sustainable Sources”. The booth was visited by green building consultants, architects, interior designers, builders, developers, government officials, international agencies, corporates, town planners, project management consultants and manufacturers amongst others.
Seminar on wood from sustainable sources
At the adjoining “AceTech Exhibition” which was concurrently held during the same period, one of the finest specimen of building with certified wood was showcased by one of their channel partners “M/s Artius Interior Products” through a North American Style Wooden House made entirely with Canadian Wood species from British Columbia.
An array of species from B.C. Canada were used including SPF, Douglas Fir, Yellow Cedar, Hemlock & Western Red Cedar in various applications within the house of approx. 2000sq.ft. Visitors to the house were amazed at the versatility of these species and the options it presented in terms of ease of working with surface finishes and staining etc.
Greenbuild supported by United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.