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

  • UNBC Engineering Assistant Professor Dr. Wenbo Zheng in his lab
    Thursday, July 8, 2021

    We use it to heat our homes and our water and as fuel for transportation, but how can we get natural gas out of the ground safely and efficiently? By integrating geomechanics with geofluids... more

  • UNBC Geoffrey R Weller Library
    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

    Prince George, B.C. – TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink project is renewing its partnership with the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and investing $180,000 over the next three years to... more

  • Albert Koehler
    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

    Prince George, B.C. – Dr. Albert Koehler, a renowned engineer who championed bringing post-secondary engineering education to northern B.C., is slated to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree... more