June 2016     VOLUME 14     ISSUE 40

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BC LTBIA Launches New Website

The BC LTBIA is excited to announce the launch of our new website. The goals for the new web site are to improve the visitor experience; provide our members with better exposure; get the message out that building with a BC builder is environmentally friendly; and to promote the BC Log & Timber industry worldwide. Every member of the Association has a profile page on the website that is linked back to their corporate site. Members have the ability to update their business profile and post pictures of their work.In the members only section, we are building a resource library of materials that will be helpful for our members in their businesses. Check out the new site and let us know what you think.
Members - How to update your page on the BC LTBIA Website
Member Login on BC LTBIA Website
To set your password on the new BC LTBIA website visit the website 
and click on the Member Login button in the top right corner. On the login screen click the Forgot your password? link then enter the email address associated with your BC LTBIA account. An email containing a password reset link will be sent to that email address, click the link then reset your password.

If you are unsure of the email address that is associated with your BC LTBIA account - check your current profile page on the site - the email listed for your contact information is the associated email address.

Once logged into the website you will be able to update your company profile and photos, change your email address and password and access the Members Only Resources section.
Wood’s Vital Role in New Quebec
Vidéotron Centre Design
© Photos : Stephane Groleau
©The Sansin Corporation 2016. Reprinted with permission.
The Vidéotron Centre is a new multi-use indoor arena in Quebec City, Quebec.  It occupies approximately 64,000 square meters (689,000 sq. ft.) of space and has a capacity of 18,482 spectators for hockey and 20,396 for non-sporting events.  It will mainly be used for ice hockey, other indoor sports and music concerts, although it is hoped the sleek, new, state-of-the-art venue can also help boost the city’s chances for a future NHL hockey team. 

Opened in September 2015, the US$400 million, seven-story arena fits into the city’s strategy of building sustainability projects. It is currently in the process of becoming LEED certified at the silver level for the construction and renovation of its building. It has a dual-structural system consisting of ductile concrete walls and a steel frame, and wood plays an important role not only in the arena’s sustainability, but also in its structural integrity, performance and beauty.

The arena was created by the Integrated Team SAGP (a consortium comprising ABCP architecture, GLCRM, Populous, and SNC Lavalin).  Francois Moreau, CEO of ABCP architecture, a firm internationally known for its sustainable design and a member of the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC), explained the design for the arena, saying, “The number one motivation for using wood in the arena was to give the building a distinctive local signature and foster the quality of the interior spaces.”  He added, “However, given the structural capacity and fast construction time required for of this type of building, wood also proved to be an economical choice. The environmental benefits of wood were another reason for choosing this material.”

These environmental as well as additional benefits have implications for other building designs.  Moreau explained that although many materials such as concrete and steel are recyclable, wood is the only renewable building material and takes very little energy to harvest and process compared to other materials.  Proximity to a plentiful supply, such as in the case of the arena’s location, reduces shipping costs and helps local employment. In addition, wood timber is a carbon sink, a natural reservoir that accumulates and stores carbon dioxide. So every cubic meter of wood used offsets one ton of greenhouse gas emissions, Moreau noted.
The need for proper protection to maintain the durability and aesthetic performance of wood in building construction cannot be overstated.  At the Quebec City site, for example, environmental conditions can be daunting, with long periods of cold from the arctic air.  High performance, water-borne, environmentally friendly wood finishes were used, some prior to construction.  The finishes were selected to complement the coloration of the wood and were recommended by Cecobois, a regional program of the Québec Forest Industry Council whose goal is to support innovation and provide leadership on the use of wood and wood products.

The arena’s design is part of a growing trend in building design, as increasingly wood is becoming the logical choice for large structures. Beyond aesthetic and environmental considerations, wood structures are now becoming very competitive options.  For one, wood has virtually infinite building possibilities given its ability to be shaped into curves.
“Architects and engineers are starting to see the full potential of wood as evidenced by media coverage in many local and international publications,” stated Moreau.  “However, despite these efforts, certain prejudices remain, and many buildings that could benefit from the use of wood do not.”  Moreau believes it’s the responsibility of design and construction professionals to educate their clients of the myriad possibilities wood has to offer. 

The Vidéotron Centre is the biggest public investment in Quebec City’s history.  The developers’ trust in a wood design demonstrates their foresight and stands as a world-class example for building structures of all sizes, shapes and functions.   
© Photos : Stephane Groleau
© Photos : Stephane Groleau
The Versatility of Wood
ABCP Architecture CEO Francois Moreau explains the symbolism of the Amphitheatre design:
“Inspired by winter, the white aluminum oval of the Vidéotron Centre stands out in the urban landscape with its variable architectural treatment evoking drifts of snow. The geometry of the wood structure that supports the outer wall and is exposed in the open concourses recalls the shape of a hockey stick. Meanwhile, the rectangular shape of the entrance blends the building into the urban landscape, highlighting its ultimate function as a public venue. Supported by a wood structure, the amphitheatre façade serves as a second skin for bioclimatic purposes and represents the icy water of the St. Lawrence River—an important symbol for the City of Quebec.” 
About the Author
Sjoerd Bos is Vice President of The Sansin Corporation, whose finishes and stains were selected to protect and beautify the wood construction of the Vidéotron Centre.  Sansin is the only wood protection company focused exclusively on researching, developing, and introducing environmentally-friendly, ‘water-borne’ interior and exterior wood products and technologies that deliver outstanding color, durability and performance without the toxicity found in conventional stains. Headquartered in Ontario, Canada, Sansin has dealer locations across Canada and in the U.S. Visit
BC Log and Timber Building Industry Association
Releases New Industry Promotional Video
The BC LTBIA is proud to release our new video.This video has been produced to promote the BC Log and Timber building industry.  Click on the link to view and we encourage you to share it on your social media sites such as facebook, linkedin etc.
Not a member of the BC Log & Timber Building Industry Association - We invite you to join us - download the member application and send it in today to become part of your industry association!

Please support our 2016 Corporate Sponsors and Members
Click the name to visit their website

Baron Insurance Broker Group                                                 Nicola Logworks
BC Wood Specialties Group                                                     PlastiFab/Insulspan
Daizen Joinery Ltd.                                                                     Roundhouse Forest Products
Dietrichs NA                                                                                 Sansin Corporation
Lee Valley Tools                                                                          Sansin / The Coast Group
Magard Ventures Ltd                                                                  Sproing Creative
Makita Canada                                                                            Timber Tools
My-Ti-Con Connectors Inc.                                                       West-Eco Panalized Building Systems
                                                                                                       Whitehead Carvings

For complete contact information for all our 2016 Corporate Sponsors CLICK HERE to download and print the directory.
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