WOODRISE: International showcase for mass timber buildings

The construction of tall wood buildings has experienced explosive growth over the past decade. Internationally, the development of new wood products and innovative techniques has enabled mass timber buildings to reach greater heights. These numerous changes have led to the modification of construction standards and paved the way for significant changes.

FPInnovations is part of this movement. For nearly a decade, the organization has helped to further the development of the tools and standards required to enable Canada to continue developing tall wood buildings that are safe, efficient, and greener.

With the knowledge of numerous international partners being shared through webinars and congresses, experts at FPInnovations and stakeholders across Canada are able to keep abreast of new research results and innovative approaches.

Founding member of the Woodrise Alliance

The Woodrise Alliance is a grouping of organizations whose aim is to form a global network on innovation and research and development to improve and promote medium to high-rise timber buildings.

The Alliance represents a commitment for each of its members to collaborate at a global level, in order to exchange on low-carbon construction and the harmonious development of urban and rural territories. Formalized on September 14, 2017, during the first Woodrise Congress in Bordeaux, it originally included three co-organizers: FCBA (France), the Building Research Institute (Japan), and FPInnovations (Canada).

Today, the Woodrise Alliance includes 24 official representatives from 15 different countries.

Next International Woodrise Congress to be held in 2023

Québec City welcomed the 2019 International Woodrise Congress. Held under the theme Building our cities for future generations, the three-day event brought together more than 1,000 attendees who came to hear international speakers share their knowledge on topics related to the development of wood construction during several simultaneous presentations.

After making a stop in Kyoto, Japan, last fall in a modified format due to unique circumstances, the biennial event is now preparing for its next edition, which will be held in Bordeaux in the fall of 2023. In the meantime, an international technical conference will be held in Slovenia in fall 2022; it will focus on the topic of renovation, rehabilitation, and restoration of existing urban buildings with the use of wood-based technologies.

FPInnovations will be in attendance to share with its international partners and move Canada’s wood construction sector forward. Stay tuned for more details!