Eligible local governments throughout B.C. are invited to become early adopters of mass-timber technology for construction of buildings up to 12 storeys, up from the current allowance of six storeys. Forest communities will continue to see more jobs and opportunity from B.C.’s proactive adoption of building code changes that allow the safe construction of taller wood buildings.
“Companies like Structurlam are leading the way with innovative engineered wood products that create jobs in the forest sector and opportunity for people in communities throughout B.C. Changes to the national building code that allow for taller wood buildings take effect next year, but we’re not waiting to get started. Our government is ready to work with communities to build safe, secure and green tall wood buildings that will create jobs, grow B.C.’s value-added sector and realize our low-carbon future.”
– Premier John Horgan, Province of B.C.
Building taller with wood remains achievable with advanced construction technologies and modern mass timber products such as glue-laminated timber, cross-laminated timber and structural composite lumber. Around the world, over 30 tall wood buildings (seven storeys or taller) have been built or are currently underway over the past five years.
“Wood WORKS! BC is proud to support the Government of B.C. as it moves forward and provides early opportunities for municipalities to build taller and faster, using wood. We look forward to assisting those municipalities and project teams requiring information and support to move ahead with this exciting opportunity.”
– Lynn Embury-Williams, executive director, Canadian Wood Council/Wood WORKS! BC
With construction professionals and designers seeking lower carbon building alternatives and renewable materials, there is a growing opportunity to use tall wood buildings as a solution for the built environment, especially communities committed to sustainable development and climate change mitigation.
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