Born in Canada, Made in India!
Wood News|July - August 2020
Forestry Innovation Consulting India, better known as Canadian Wood, is rekindling interest in wooden architecture in India and supporting furniture manufacturers with knowhow

India has a rich history of architecture with wood. Its heritage is adorned with several awe-inspiring examples of wooden architecture that integrated the use of this natural material in the design and built in the most innovative styles.

These time-tested creations have withstood diverse climatic conditions and are a testimony to the sheer resilience of wood as a building material over several centuries. The different construction methodologies of these structures adopted by regions to suit varied conditions and local needs are worth noting.

Building with wood is quicker than conventional materials. It is also an ecofriendly material, thus making it not only good for the environment, but also for the health of the occupants.

Over time, the art of designing and building with wood was lost due to many factors, including excessive deforestation. But many present-day architects and designers, real estate developers and hospitality industry professionals in India are rediscovering wood for its beauty, benefits and ease of working.

FII India

“It is interesting and heartening to see that architects, developers and the hospitality industry are increasingly looking at building country homes, farmhouses and resorts with wood, in addition to emphasis on the use of wood in re-man applications,” says Mr Pranesh Chhibber, Country Director, Forestry Innovation Consulting India Pvt. Ltd. (FII India), better known as Canadian Wood.

“It is this trend that encourages us at Canadian Wood to increase our efforts directed at sharing of best practices, organising seminars, and training workshops for our stakeholders.”

All these activities focus on manufacturers and contractors to be able to execute such projects with local skill and expertise, thereby making them commercially viable, he says.

FII India is a crown agency of the government of B.C., mandated to promote B.C. forest products in offshore markets. Established in 2013, it is actively engaged in educating the wood industry about Canadian wood species through various initiatives, including sharing of best practices in re-man and structural applications of the species.

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