North America

United States

The U.S. remains B.C.’s largest and most mature export market despite the U.S. economic slowdown.  Forecasts now state that the U.S. residential market is not expected to recover to historic levels of >1 million housing starts until 2014. Despite the slow recovery in residential construction, there is significant opportunity to expand wood use into the non-residential (commercial) sector which has traditionally used very little wood. Furthermore, as the green building sector continues to grow in importance, Canada provides the architectural community with scientific data which supports that using wood in building is the best building material for the environment.