Finding a Miracle Building Product.

    VANCOUVER, July 9 /CNW/ - Wouldn't it be great if someone could invent a
solar-generated building product? One that is versatile, easy to use and not
too expensive?
    In British Columbia we already have plenty of this miracle product. It's
called wood.
    "In a province like ours, it is easy to take wood for granted," says Mary
Tracey, executive director for BC Wood WORKS! (Canadian Wood Council). "We've
been building with wood for centuries, and for good reason. Today, wood has an
added bonus - it may be one of the easiest, most attractive and most
comfortable ways to show we care about the environment."
    Take a closer look and the benefits are obvious. Wood is natural - it
comes from forests that grow with solar energy, clean the air and water,
provide habitat and recreational opportunities. When it comes from sustainable
managed forests, like those in Canada, it is totally renewable. Wood products
have immense versatility; they are durable, strong, lightweight, reusable -
and look fantastic.
    "Studies have proven that wood is a high-performance building material,"
Tracey says. "It doesn't weigh a lot yet it has a high density, with excellent
load-bearing and thermal properties. It has a higher strength-to-weight ratio
than either steel or concrete."
    There is a wide range of wood products to meet any construction need.
Wood-frame buildings are an excellent platform for solar panels or modern
technology systems that control humidity and ventilation and recover heat.

    The Canadian Wood Council helps people build with, live with and embrace
Canadian wood products. Visit to learn more about the benefits of

For further information:

For further information: Mary Tracey, executive director for Wood WORKS!
BC,, phone: 1-877-929-9663, ex 1

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