Canada joins international tall wood alliance

In October 3, 2017

(CA) – Canada’s special envoy to the European Union Stephane Dion joined 19 other international dignitaries in signing the Bordeaux Alliance recently, committing nations to adopting strategies to boost the use of wood in midrise and tall wood buildings.

The initiative was one of several taken to promote the use of wood in construction at Woodrise 2017, a conference held in Bordeaux, France beginning Sept. 14. A media statement called it the first world congress dedicated to midrise and tall wood buildings.

The representatives also made a formal call for stakeholders to take one step closer toward carbon neutrality by strengthening the share of wood used in building construction.

Canada’s FPInnovations, said to be a not-for-profit world leader specializing in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness, was one of six organizations to sign a research memorandum.

FPInnovations’ has more than 430 employees and its laboratories are located in Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Hinton, Alta. and Vancouver.

Other nations participating in the research memorandum were Brazil, Finland, France and Switzerland.

Alain Juppe, former French prime minister and president of Bordeaux Metropole, issued a call to “create a community committed to promoting wood as a solution to reduce the environmental impact of construction, store carbon and develop an ecosystem based on short and traceable paths between harvest sites, eco-friendly processing and innovative use of wood in urban tall construction projects,” noted the statement.

“The economic relationship between rural production and eco-friendly urban construction will help respond to the environmental challenge highlighted during COP21 in Paris.”

Other goals targeted at the conference were encouraging international synergy; identifying good practices in terms of wood usage, from the forest to recycling buildings; and evaluating quantitative and qualitative evolution in wood usage of construction worldwide, the statement said.

Also on the agenda was the release of the Woodrise Paper, described as a compendium of international best practices in economic, industrial, urban and architectural development encouraging wood as a material, from the forest to the city, with a commitment to sustainability

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