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.
A performance overview case study of Brock Commons was recently conducted to assess a wide range of factors, including structural elements, building systems, building envelope, durability, moisture protection and fire. By also including a cost analysis, an environmental impact analysis and an assessment of inhabitant comfort, the case study demonstrates that taller wood buildings like Brock Commons can be built economically while also delivering community and environmental benefits.
Explore this study featuring 100 of the most significant buildings constructed from CLT in the United Kingdom over the past 15 years.
This facility showcases an example of hybrid construction in which glue-laminated beams and columns, cross-laminated timber panels, steel and concrete are combined for optimal structural performance, economy and visual effect.
Forest communities will see more jobs and opportunity from B.C.’s proactive adoption of building code changes that allow the safe construction of taller wood buildings.
The 2019 Wood Design Awards, hosted by Wood WORKS! BC, honours excellence in wood building and design.
Located in Surrey, B.C.’s fastest growing municipality, this facility with its dramatic suspended roof form is the first project to be completed on the ‘super block’ that is destined to become a regional campus of health, wellness and sports excellence.
People spend as much as 90 per cent of their time inside buildings, and for children, adolescents and an increasing number of young adults, most of this time is spent either at home or in school. Given this situation, the design of schools is of clear importance where wood plays a vital role.