The Wood Innovation Research Laboratory

The WIRL provides students, faculty members and researchers from UNBC’s Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design program with the ability to build and test large-scale integrated wood structures using engineered wood products such as Cross-Laminated Timber, Glued Laminated Timber and Laminated Veneer Lumber. The over-height, single-storey structure features a high-head lab for tall projects and a portion of the building consists of a strong floor and wall to support testing equipment and a crane.

Rendering of Wood Innovation Research Lab

Rendering of Wood Innovation Research Lab

The building is designed to meet Passive House standards, which includes stringent energy efficiency requirements. Certified Passive House buildings use up to 90 per cent less energy for heating and cooling when compared with standard buildings and use up to 70 per cent less energy overall.

The $4.5 million building is a joint federal-provincial investment, with the Government of Canada contributing $1.88 million and the Government of British Columbia contributing $2.62 million. The City of Prince George is providing land for the lab.

The WIRL complements the nearby Wood Innovation and Design Centre by providing dedicated research space, which enables researchers to discover new, sustainable ways to integrate wood into building design and construction.


Wood Innovation Research Laboratory
1153 4th Ave
Prince George, British Columbia
V2L 3J2 Canada


WIRL Stories

  • Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor Dr. Oliver Iorhemen looking at a wastewater experiment in a lab
    Thursday, August 11, 2022

    Imagine being able to extract valuable resources from our wastewater that can be re-used for biomedical, pharmaceutical and geotechnical purposes. With the support of a Natural Sciences and... more

  • Kiley Jackson
    Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Helping her dad maintain the family trapline is, in part, what led Kiley Jackson to pursue a degree in Environmental Engineering at UNBC. Although she is a descendent of many nations - her... more

  • Dr. Jianhui Zhou in the lobby of the wood innovation and design centre
    Wednesday, March 30, 2022

    Whether it is reducing vibrations or improving sound insolation, Dr. Jianhui Zhou wants to make the next generation of wood buildings as comfortable as possible for occupants. The... more