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 our facility. 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. All wood, off cuts, and wood waste products that are produced in our daily operations are sold to other manufactures or donated locally.
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.
90% of Canadian Timberframes timber is sourced from within a 125-mile radius or 200km drive from our 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 off-cuts (less than 5%) are ground and trucked to a burner/steam unit in Golden, BC to generate electric power for Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
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