New Okanagan College building uses pine-beetle ravaged lumber

Vancouver-based CEI Architecture Planning Interiors has used British Columbia lumber ravaged by the pine beetle epidemic in construction of a new building at Okanagan College in Penticton.

CEI negotiated with the International Living Building Institute – which urges architects, contractors and building owners to create buildings to the highest standards of sustainability – to use wood from pine-beetle kill forest on the project in lieu of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified lumber.

The Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation is the province’s first building to use pine-beetle kill wood as a stand-in for FSC-certified lumber.