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Six Storey Wood Frame Buildings in BC

The BC Building Code was revised on April 6th, 2009 to allow for up to six storeys of wood frame construction for residential buildings only. On this web site, we have compiled information based upon the experience of other jurisdictions where the practice of Midrise construction has been undertaken for more than six years and in some cases since 1995.

Within the framework of this website you will find reports, media clips and contact information of persons that may be in a position to assist those in the design community that are looking to design/build Midrise buildings of their own.

If you have a specific inquiry- please email  Sukh Johal.

PS: Did you know that wood Midrise construction (5-6 storeys) was the norm in the early 1900’s? And that some of these buildings are still here in Vancouver and being occupied?  Not bad for 100+ years old Wood building!

Wood First Act

The Wood First Act, which received Royal Assent on October 29, 2009, requires provincially-funded projects to use wood as the primary construction material. Wood WORKS! BC is a recognized resource to help BC communities with the Wood First Act’s “build with wood” requirements on publicly-funded projects.

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The Wood Use Matrix

Where can I use wood in this type of building?
Which building elements is it preferable to use wood components?
Are there existing buildings that have already done this successfully?
Which designers, builders, consultants have experience?

The Wood Use Matrix is an on-line tool that summarizes the current best practices in the use of wood building materials and systems for all building elements of a wide variety of types of buildings.

Click here to enter the WoodUseMatrix now!

(or enter http://www.WoodUseMatrix.com in your web-browser)