The first North American- style home constructed using the light wood frame (LWF) method is now a part of the creative initiatives of Forestry Innovation Consulting-India (FII) to spread awareness and education about Canadian Wood and its species in the country. The interest it has generated also prompted FII India to build a 2,000-square-foot house comprising a large living and dining area, two bedrooms, bathroom and outdoor decking. This house was displayed at DelhiWood 2019.
FII India had a stall display measuring 250 sq.mt. under the Canada Government pavilion. A Light Wood Frame (LWF) house structure covering 200 sq.mt was the main highlight of the FII India booth with the balance 50 sq.mt allotted to the participating five B.C. Lumber companies for kiosks. Nine Canadian companies participated either under the aegis of BC wood or as individual stalls.
FII India showcased B.C. wood species in various applications under key product segments
- Light Wood Frame Construction
- Window & Window Frame
- Door & Door Frame
- Indoor & Outdoor Furniture
Information was provided at the booth on available species and their applications as well as sustainable forest management practices in B.C., Canada through collaterals and interactive audio-visual kiosks. “Light wood frame building is quick, easy, user-friendly, beautiful and is right for our planet because it is made from sustainable wood,” said Mr Peter Bradfield, Technical Advisor, FII India.
FII is aware that wooden houses, with it’s inherent advantage of being portable, are gaining popularity in India not only for resorts at beach locations and hill stations, but also for farm houses and countryside home sites with infrastructure and access challenges. And with the Indian market getting aware of environmental implications on construction, wooden houses offer an ideal solution due to the low carbon footprint of the solution. This prompted FII to organise an LWF training for the Indian T&G house manufacturers who liked what they saw at the exhibition and expressed interest in this method of construction, because of its different style.
LWF construction is the assembly of dimensional lumber or engineered wood that is spaced regularly and put together with nails to create floor, wall and roof assemblies. The predominant method adopted is the very basic prefabricated tongue and for this system, mainly light structural lumber is used. This lumber is milled from Conifers (softwood trees) such as spruce-pine-fir (SPF) that are sawn and machine-planed to standard dimensions (2’x4’, 2’x6’, 2’x8’, etc.).
As the name suggests, LWF construction is light, allowing quick construction with no usage of heavy tools or equipment. Practically any geometric shape is possible in this construction, and the system can be clad using a variety of materials.
FII India organised 9-10 days training programs in North and South India. Read the details here. This hands-on training course required all participants to learn through action how to build a light timber-frame house constructed from start to finish. The learning includes all aspects of LWF construction from cutting, nailing, measuring and construction of the foundation and the floor, wall and roof framing, and bracing, using a variety of quality tools.
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