The Canadian Wood Villa was unveiled by Forestry Innovation Investment (FII), also known as Canadian Wood, a crown agency of the British Columbia (B.C.) government and MAK Projects. BTR Greens is a gated neighbourhood on the outskirts of Hyderabad. The project, a partnership between the two prestigious organisations, was managed by MAK Projects with technical assistance, project management expertise, and training coming from FII.
The Chief Guest, Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali of Telangana’s Home, Prisons, and Fire Services, and the Guest of Honor, H.E. Cameron Mackay, High Commissioner of Canada to India, officially opened the Canadian Wood mansion. H.E. Dr. Nawab Mir Nasir Ali Khan, the promoter and MD of MAK Projects as well as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, was among the other dignitaries present. Pranesh Chhibber, country director for Canadian Wood in India, and Michael Loseth, CEO of Forestry Innovation Investment. Following the official opening, Peter Bradfield, a technical advisor to Canadian Wood in India, gave a tour of the Canadian Wood Villa to the VIP visitors.
The project started in October 2021 and ended less than a year later.
The villa includes a sizable living and entertainment area, a kitchen, a pantry, four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a gym, etc. on a spacious 15,000 square foot site that is divided into two levels. One of the first national initiatives of its sort, Canadian Wood Villa combines mass timber, prefabricated building, and light wood frame construction. By assisting in lowering the time and expense associated with construction, this strategy optimises the building process. The majority of the villa’s materials, including spruce-pine-fir (S-P-F), Western red cedar, Yellow cedar, and Western hemlock, are sustainably harvested and certified from British Columbia, Canada.
The construction of this project makes use of the advantages of wood construction in terms of aesthetics, the environment, durability, and performance. The use of wood and off-site fabrication, together with better thermal performance, reduce the carbon footprint of the house. As a result of the structure’s heavy use of wood, the project’s carbon footprint was reduced by 481 metric tonnes, or the equivalent of taking 102 automobiles off the road for a year. Residents also gain from the timber home’s biophilic attributes. The house’s architecture is reminiscent of the popular Canadian West coast style, with a subtle blend of natural elements like brick, stone, and various wood applications like a gently sloping hipped roofline, double-height cathedral ceilings, and exposed natural materials.
“It’s a really responsible move on the part of MAK to pick certified Canadian wood species coming from sustainably managed forests of British Columbia,” said Pranesh Chhibber, country director of Canadian Wood in India.
Wood is a natural, renewable, and sustainable building material, according to Khan. Wood may simultaneously cut carbon emissions, increase a building’s life cycle sustainability, and promote occupant well-being. It has a high strength-to-weight ratio and considerable design flexibility when compared to concrete and steel. In terms of heat and cold insulation, wood is known to be 400 times better than steel and 15 times better than concrete.
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