Flexibility & Versatility

Construction flexibility

Construction flexibility

Most builders appreciate wood-frame construction because it has a proven history of performance, it is easy to use, is readily available and is cost effective. Wood buildings can be constructed year-round in most climates, and workers with varying levels of skills and experience can quickly learn and apply wood construction techniques.

Wood is lighter than other construction materials such as masonry, concrete or steel so it is easier to transport. It can be sized and cut on site, reducing the number of workers and amount of heavy lifting equipment needed on a construction site.

Wood's immense flexibility makes it the best choice for specific applications and the easiest construction material for renovations. Wood buildings can be redesigned to suit changing needs, whether this involves adding a new room or moving a window or door. Making changes is virtually impossible when walls are poured in concrete or when expensive and time-consuming reworking of the construction material is needed off site.

Design versatility

Design versatility

Wood showcases the beauty of nature, radiates warmth and adds value better than any other building material. Its grains, colours and textures provide warmth and elegance in both interior and exterior applications. In many cultures, the use of wood in a home’s construction, and elaborate decoration, is seen as a symbol of wealth, social status and pride.

Wood can be used in many different ways, and is capable of great artistic refinement. Craftsmen have long favoured the properties of wood to express their skill in construction and decoration. Designers and artists use it to achieve creative expression and ergonomic appeal.

The flexibility of wood-frame construction reduces the costs usually associated with articulations and angles. Interesting angular design configurations are possible without paying a large premium over the standard rectangular structure.

Engineered wood products expand the opportunities to use wood in commercial, institutional and industrial construction. Long, clear spans using glulam, I-joints and LVL are both highly efficient and environmentally responsible. Glulam is often used as an attractive architectural and structural building material. It can be manufactured to an almost limitless variety of straight and curved configurations, offering artistic freedom without sacrificing structural requirements.

Healthy buildings

Healthy buildings

Wood is a natural material that not only offers amazing architectural potential, but can also make any building a healthy, comfortable place to live, work, study or play.

Wood generates positive feelings because of its warm and natural attributes, and evidence suggests that this can contribute to an individual's overall sense of well-being. In an office, this can improve performance and productivity; in a hospital it can have a positive impact on patient recovery.

Wood floors contribute to better air quality because by minimizing the accumulation of dust and microbes, and can be kept allergen-free with regular dust mopping, sweeping and vacuuming. Engineered wood products used for sheathing and for beams and joists are made with glues that do not contribute to allergies.

Particleboard products used in furniture and cabinetry have been modified to reduce formaldehyde emissions by 80 to 90 per cent from 1980 levels. Structured glued wood products use adhesives with even lower emissions.

Wood helps make a building more comfortable by moderating indoor humidity. During times of high humidity, it absorbs moisture; during dry periods, it releases moisture to the air. Research has found that interior wood panelling can reduce peak moisture loads in a typical Canadian home by 10 to 25 per cent, making it more comfortable and reducing the need for air conditioning and ventilation.