MONTREAL – WoodRise, a global conference dedicated to mid-rise and tall wood buildings, is running in Bordeaux, France, this week.

Organised by the Institut technologique FCBA (France), FPInnovations (Canada), and the Building Research Institute (Japan), with the participation of ADIVbois, WoodRise will bring together more than 1500 international stakeholders from the wood, construction and urban planning professions. The conference will centre around the subject of wood as a material essential to the development of sustainable cities.

The conference opened with presentations by Georges-Henri Florentin of the Institut technologique FCBA, Pierre Lapointe of FPInnovations, and Mitsumasa Midorikawa of the Building Research Institute. Other notable speakers over the course of the four-day event include the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Canadian Ambassador to Germany and Special Envoy to the European Union and Europe, Alain Juppé, Mayor of Bordeaux, Robert Jones of Natural Resources Canada, and Michael Green of Michael Green Architecture, Canada.

To better understand the unique qualities and potential of wood buildings, WoodRise is bringing together a large community of stakeholders around 4 objectives:

  • Confirm globalization of demand for mid-rise and high-rise wood building construction into a dynamic low-carbon environment for sustainable cities,
  • Demonstrate international scientific and technological excellence in mid-rise and high-rise wood buildings,
  • Identify economic development opportunities and how to implement them with regard to these new markets of the wood sector.
  • Value competencies and national resources in a circular economy.