Regional Materials & BC Wood

Regional materials are often sought because they match a local design aesthetic or are more durable in the local climate. However, choosing regional materials also supports local economies and reduces the environmental impact of transportation.

At Local Government House

Local Government House is a showcase of BC materials! Aquamist granite from Boston Bar and black marble tiles from central Vancouver Island are just two of the BC materials in the building.

In the garden, rocks that were unearthed during site excavation were reused in the rock wall, the decorative boulders are from the Lake Cowichan area, and the exterior sign and bench are yellow cedar that was milled in Port Alberni. A Pacific Dogwood, the provincial flower of BC since 1956, is planted near the rain garden as well.

Local Government House is also a showcase for BC wood. There is extensive use of mountain pine beetle wood including the exposed glue-laminate beams in the ceilings, exterior soffits, sunscreens, baseboards, countertop edging, windowsills in each office and the tongue and groove interior ceilings. The exposed posts are Douglas Fir and BC lumber was used for all framing. The boardroom tables are Western Maple veneer with a solid Western Maple trim. The meeting room table is Madrone Arbutus veneer with BC Alder and Black Poplar trim and an Arbutus base. Clearwater Industries Inc, in Esquimalt, designed and produced the tables.

Beetlecrete - a concrete containing wood chips from pine beetle wood that was developed at UNBC – has been used as the countertop at reception. Flat grain Western Red Alder and edge grain Western Hemlock veneers, produced in Abbotsford, are featured in much of the millwork. Red Cedar shingles are a main exterior feature of the building and the patio furniture, designed and manufactured in Metchosin, is Red Cedar as well.

In Your Community

  • Know your region: work with contractors and developers to determine where materials are from and what regional options are available.
  • Develop and maintain a list of regional materials and manufacturers.
  • Work with local retailers and organizations to promote regional materials and the economic and environmental benefits of utilizing local assets.

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