Wood in Structural Use - Building Techniques

Building Techniques with Canadian Wood: webinar unveils critical technical information

Forestry Innovation Consulting India Pvt. Ltd., popularly known as Canadian Wood has been actively promoting building with wood sourced from the sustainably managed forests in B.C., Canada. Educational seminars and training workshops by Canadian Wood have helped promote awareness about its wood species, specific applications, and appropriate methods of use.

With the Covid-19 scenario posing limitations of physical engagement, Canadian Wood has substituted its educational seminars with a series of webinars.

Canadian Wood hosted its first webinar on ‘Wood in Structural use: Features and Benefits’. This was in response to the rising interest in the use of wood in structural applications, post its engagement with wood working companies in India on demo projects, and the display of the two wooden houses on its booth at the Indiawood show in March 2020.

The second webinar, involving a more advanced sharing of knowledge - this time on ‘Wood in Structural use (II) - Building Techniques’ wherein as the title suggests the emphasis was on the detailing involved in different styles and techniques of building with wood.

Well known architects, real estate developers, structural engineers, and hospitality sector professionals participated in the webinar. Peter Bradfield, a technical advisor at Canadian Wood presented to the audience different styles, methods, and details on building with wood. Building methods such as Tongue & Groove (T&G), Wood Frame Construction (WFC), Posts-and-Beams, and Hybrid style which is using wood in tandem with local stone/bricks were demonstrated to the audience.

These were showcased along with credible examples of several successful projects that Canadian Wood has partnered in by providing material or technical assistance or both, across India. Benefits and features associated with every style of the building were also elaborated upon in the webinar while highlighting the associated best practices. Various topics like wall frame design, WFC wall construction, soil treatment for termites, termite mitigation of wooden structures, key points for site preparation and foundation, roof design, waterproof, weather shield, fire safety, noise abatement were discussed in detail.

Additionally, other topics like flashings intended to divert or control water movement, waterproofing of roofs and decks, gutters and downpipes, ventilation, cladding choices, and landscaping were also elaborated upon.

Speaking about the webinar Mr. Peter Bradfield, Technical Advisor at Canadian Wood said, “Building with wood means conforming to a system, without deviation and without taking shortcuts. In India, though building with wood is still in its nascent stage, adherence to the systems and best practices will help overcome the inexperience and add to the understanding and execution of successful projects. Canadian Wood can help architects, developers, builders, and PMCs with technical assistance, sourcing
of wood and hand-holding as we have effectively done in the past.”

Commenting on the webinar, Mr. Pranesh Chhibber, Country Director, FII India, stated, “With social distancing here to stay for some time, Canadian Wood will continue its series of ‘webinars’ as an important tool to leverage for knowledge sharing and staying connected with our target audience. Going forward you can look forward to webinars on different topics involving the use of wood i.e. furniture, doors/windows & door/window frames manufacturing, interior, and outdoor applications and many others.”

Asserting on the importance of the topic of the webinar-2 he added, "It was a part of the series in response to the growing interest amongst architects, real estate developers and hospitality industry, to think of projects with wood as a construction material. Additionally, private villas, country homes and farmhouses in wood are fast catching the fancy of the HNIs in India. This highly focused follow-up webinar on Wood in Structural Use (II) – Building Techniques details various technical aspects of building with wood. It also shows the commitment of Canadian Wood in educating the stakeholders in the Indian market through the sharing of best practices and handholding on three popular techniques of building with wood: 1) Tongue and Groove (T&G), Wood Frame Construction (WFC) and 3) Post-and-Beam construction.”

About Forestry Innovation Consulting Pvt Ltd (Canadian Wood)

Forestry Innovation Consulting India Pvt. Ltd. (FII India) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Forestry Innovation Investment (FII) Canada; a crown agency of the government of British Columbia (B.C.), the westernmost province of Canada. The office is also supported by the Canadian federal government through Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). FII India’s brand Canadian Wood was established in 2013 to promote B.C., Canada as a global supplier of quality, environmentally-responsible wood products from sustainably managed forests. FII India’s team creates awareness about B.C. wood products through seminars, exhibitions, networking events, and media channels under the Canadian Wood name. Its team of wood experts assists leading manufacturers, builders/developers, architects, and interior designers in identifying the right species and appropriate grades of Canadian wood for their projects. FII India’s business development team supports Indian wood importers by identifying and connecting them with the B.C. lumber companies for a steady supply of Canadian wood species.

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