I’m proud to recognize the University of British Columbia for successfully completing the world’s tallest wood building. At 18 stories high, Brock Commons shattered the previous record of 14 stories for wood construction. Trees sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide and their wood stores the carbon, so in addition to being aesthetic, versatile and safe, wood is a sustainable building material.
Expanding possibilities for wood construction is good for the environment and it’s good for the economy too, since wood product innovation provides new markets, new jobs, and new export opportunities. UBC’s newest wood building will serve as a living lab for continuing this innovation.
Mr. Speaker, B.C.’s forest industry leadership, our world-class university and its partners, and this record-busting building have shown that through green innovation, the economy and the environment do go hand in hand, and when it comes to green buildings, the sky is the limit.
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