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Western Forest Products

Western Forest Products

800-1055 West Georgia Street, Royal Centre Building, PO Box 11122
Vancouver, BC V6E 3P3
Phone: 604-648-4500
Fax: 604-681-9584

  • Alaska yellow cedar (AYC) is one of the most visibly unique woods available to builders, architects, and homeowners. It is sustainable and rot resistant and has a natural beauty that requires very little staining or finishing. AYC is popular for exterior and interior residential applications, such as decking, landscaping features, shakes and shingles, paneling, mass timbers, and beams. This course examines the performance characteristics of AYC, including fire resistance and durability, and various applications are also discussed.

  • Western red cedar's (WRC) aesthetic, economic, and environmental benefits are just some of the reasons why builders and designers are increasingly gravitating to this species of wood. Presented here are modern, historical, and cultural uses of western red cedar, as well as its performance characteristics, grade specification, and finishes. Also discussed are sustainable forest management practices and certification agencies, and how sustainably sourced wood can contribute to LEED® credits.

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  • Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic upswing in the number of companies that want to build reputations as good corporate citizens. Natural, organic, and sustainable are all highly desirable characteristics in the world of building supply products. According to a 2020 study by accounting and consulting firm Deloitte Touche, it’s the company’s responsibility to provide "greener, cleaner, and more responsibly produced" products to remain relevant to their growing green customer base. But with the plethora of environmental claims by companies seeking to advance their products, “green,” “eco-friendly,” “sustainable,” and the like are terms that have become confusing at best and meaningless at worst. In order to keep from drowning in greenwash, the market has demanded greater transparency and verifiable evidence of sustainable performance all along the supply chain. This course discusses how architects can be reasonably assured that products, particularly western red cedar wood products, are maximally sustainable. Life cycle analysis (LCA) and forest certification are discussed in terms of their place on an architect’s sustainability agenda, and an LCA of western red cedar is presented to demonstrate the level of research involved, along with results that can be expected from the life cycle approach.