Holzbau Pacific Northwest

February 23rd – 24th, 2017

UBC – Forest Sciences Building (2424 Main Mall)

In Europe, the hugely successful “HolzBau Forum” (“holzbau” means “wood construction”  in German) has become the largest single annual conference event in its field, held for 22 years each December in Garmisch Partenkirschen in southern Germany and normally attracting around 1500 architects, engineers, manufacturers and construction professionals. Holzbau events are now held in Italy, France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, with many focusing on specialist topics such as passive homes, timber bridges, and others. In 2017, a collaboration between UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, Oregon State University College of Forestry, University of Northern British Columbia and FPInnovations will launch an annual Pacific Northwest version of the conference series here on home shores.


In Canada organisations such as Woodworks offer a variety of high quality learning opportunities on timber construction for architects and structural engineers. The Holzbau Pacific Northwest event is intended to fill a critical gap in the current provision of professional development by addressing questions specifically of interest to the manufacturing community. The conference will be focused around three key themes;

(1) Manufacturing processes for wood-based construction products and systems – latest developments in machinery and technology, business models for entering markets such as mass timber, capital equipment needs, return on investment potential, anticipated future market demand for wood-based building products

(2) Building physics – energy efficiency trends, the changing regulatory landscape, and the implications for building product manufacturers

(3) Recent research and development in wood construction – the relevance and potential opportunities for manufacturers

Who Should Attend?

 Manufacturers and building professionals seeking more detailed technical solutions that will enable them to fully participate in the growing market for mass timber, tall wood, passive house and large multi-family wood structures

Policy makers and public sector agencies seeking to support development of the wood building products manufacturing sector


To register, please follow this link Wood Week BC

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