Four case studies and architectural drawings that provide solutions to common issues in mass-timber building design are now available for download in PDF and Revit. Recognizing there is a need to support early adopters and foster the uptake of mass-timber buildings, these case studies will make it easier for specifiers and engineers to incorporate emerging building system methods into their practice.
This phased project consisted of preliminary research, a workshop involving industry leaders and the resulting design solutions which are summarized in the Emerging Building Systems and Wood Innovation report.
The case studies were developed through a collaborative process between architecture, engineering and construction leaders in B.C., where the technical and regulatory issues that arise when applying innovations in mass-timber building design were explored.
Design solutions to common problems were developed into diagrams, drawings and key project considerations to help overcome barriers to mass timber adoption. The conceptual examples include mixed-use residential in Vancouver, multi-tenant office in Victoria, seniors housing in Surrey and commercial mixed-use with supermarket in Vancouver.
Four case studies and architectural drawings that provide solutions to common issues in mass-timber building design are now available.
Advancements in construction technology, modernized building codes, and a demand for sustainable design are making wood the right choice for a variety of residential and hotel projects. Wood products from B.C.’s sustainably managed forests are also helping to meet the growing demand for affordable housing; wood is well-suited for economical and timely construction — notably in hard to reach places, including downtown sites and remote locations.
More multi-family developers are discovering that the innovative use of wood and mass-timber construction doesn’t just save money, it can be an advantage that sets you apart in a sea of condos that begin to all look the same. Increasingly, both buyers and renters are placing importance on organic materials, sustainability, and warm, inviting interiors—all areas where wood construction excels.
The Shore is a multi-building residential development located a few blocks from the North Vancouver waterfront. The project includes both five and six-storey wood-frame buildings constructed over a single storey concrete parking garage. On completion of the fourth building in 2017, the complex will include 359 apartment units.
Leadership in structural and architectural wood use by local governments was recognized at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Vancouver.
People spend the vast majority of their life inside buildings. For children and young adults, many of those hours are spent inside educational institutions. Having wood visible in learning spaces has been shown to lower stress and improve concentration and test performance. Along with health and wellness benefits, wood construction is cost effective and often faster than other methods. Learn more about the benefits of building with wood in schools.