Timber Frame Environment

Canadian Timberframes cares about Sustainability and building green homes

We are active in keeping our British Columbia forests plentiful.


Canadian Timberframes takes its responsibility towards the environment seriously.  We source 90% of our timber (Douglas Fir) locally, from sustainable and ethically managed forest stands within a two hour drive of the plant.

Our Douglas-fir is harvested locally from sustainably managed forests, ensuring that these forest eco-systems maintain their bio-diversity, regeneration and vitality. Maximum utilization of the log, along with utilization of the by-product, allows for a healthy environment.

Industries are becoming more concerned with the environmental impact of their practices; the building industry is no different, with many companies aiming to decrease the "carbon footprint" of their projects. The result of well-managed forests is a never decreasing capacity of trees, because, aside from being a building material, trees and forests are an integral part of our ecosystem. In Canada, and British Columbia specifically, we harvest less than one percent of our trees and plant over half a billion seedlings a year.

British Columbia Forestation

At nearly 50%, the largest amount of Canada’s total expenditure on silviculture (the care and cultivation of forest trees) occurs in the province of British Columbia.

B.C.’s independent Chief Forester sets the harvest rate, known as the Allowable Annual Cut (AAC).

The Chief Forester is required by law to determine how much wood can be harvested in each of the province’s 70 management units. Timber supply reviews can be postponed, or new harvest levels set, to accommodate abnormal situations such as insect infestations. 

British Columbia is a world champion at reforesting its working forests. Although B.C. generally harvests less area annually than Ontario and Quebec, it plants two to three times more area per year

"Wood is universally beautiful to man, and the most humanly intimate of all materials"

- Frank Lloyd Wright

Our Operations

As concerned & conscious manufacturers we ensure that all wood, off cuts and wood waste products that are produced in the daily operations are sold to other manufactures or donated so that there is zero waste produced at our facility. Canadian Timberframes sources, 90% of its timber (Douglas fir) locally, from sustainable and ethically managed forest stands within a 2-hour drive of the plant. The timber is milled at one of our two sawmills. Checking is limited by using two-year-old logs that have been cant-cut to promote drying. Logs are milled to first obtain the largest and best quality products. Secondary products (boards and slabs) are sorted by grade and quality for use in stairs, trim, siding and decking and other products. Shavings and sawdust from manufacturing are donated free to local farmers. The remaining bark slabs and offcuts (less than 5%) are ground and trucked to a burner/steam unit in Golden, BC to generate electric power for Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

We Care About Sustainability.

British Columbia Forestation Facts: Less then one percent of Canada's managed forest is harvested each year; area's must be promptly regenerated. And plants over half a billion seedlings a year.


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