Building the Future for Wood and Mass Timber

Dec 8, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM



Globally, many regulatory and policy initiatives are proving advantageous to wood.  In addition, there are the systemic changes occurring in the building sector. These include: densification, urbanization, technology (design, BIM, energy and building modelling, wood and resin manufacturing and processing), energy and carbon performance, life cycle analysis and productivity concerns affecting the construction trades globally. Other expectations for buildings include healthy and biophilic design, designing for deconstruction and the circular economy and affordability.

While not all of these are regulatory, they are considerations that the building sector deals with every day and, for the most part, there are solutions offered by increasing the amount of wood used.


Speaker: Peter Moonen, BSC, National Sustainability Manager, Canadian Wood Council

Peter studied Marine Biology, Zoology and Forestry the University of British Columbia and has used that science-based foundation as a technical communications specialist to advance a better understanding of wood products and the forest sector. He has more than 30 years experience dealing with regulatory, environmental, sustainability and operational issues.

He is National Sustainability Manager for the Canadian Wood Council (CWC), a technical and knowledge transfer organization, which provides free technical support to designers, contractors, building and fire officials, owners and regulators to build a strong wood culture in Canada through education, training and awareness.  In this role, he is developing a training and accreditation programme for heavy, mass and prefabricated wood component installation for trades and general contractors.

He regularly presents on achieving greater sustainability, durability and the appropriate use of wood in Asia, Europe and throughout North America to design professionals, contractors, educators, regulators and building officials. 

He is a regular participant and session facilitator with the UN Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry as well as a market reviewer specializing in wood and the green economy for the Forest Products Annual Market Review published by the UNECE Forestry and Timber section.

He is a member of the Low Carbon-Assets through Life Cycle Assessment (LCA^2) Initiative of the National Research Council of Canada.