BC communities lauded for architectural and structural use of wood in design and building

NORTH VANCOUVER, September 23, 2020 – As the virtual annual convention of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) is underway this week, leading BC organizations involved with wood in design and building are applauding local governments for their vision and leadership for wood use in communities. Wood WORKS! BC together with BC Wood are noting the many community projects in the past few years that have showcased wood products and building systems, including mass timber, in design, technology and construction.  READ MORE…


A Nuclear First for Canada – Wood Used at the Chalk River Laboratories

The wood products industry can add ‘nuclear’ to its resume! The Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) project located in Chalk River, represents the first research campus in the country to use engineered mass timber as a structural material. The new wood hybrid buildings will receive support under the Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) Program. The Program, administered by Natural Resources Canada, aims to broaden the awareness of wood as a sustainable and renewable construction material and to increase the domestic capacity for wood in Canadian construction. Read the press release

NEW Online Tool for Wood Construction – CodeCHEK: Webinar hosted by Wood WORKS! BC


Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 – 1pm PDT – webinar

Presented by Marc Alam, Manager, Codes & Standards – Fire, at the Canadian Wood Council, this webinar will cover two new free online tools for checking wood design and construction building code conformance: Codices and FRR & STC tools.

CodeCHEK allows designers, builders, as well as building and fire officials to determine if and when light wood-frame, heavy timber, mass timber and/or encapsulated mass timber construction can be used in a variety of building types within the current building codes. Developed by the Canadian Wood Council under the Wood WORKS! program, CodeCHEK’s capabilities include the B.C. Building Code, the new City of Vancouver Building Bylaw and the recently implemented 2020 National Building Code Tall Wood Provisions.

Developed by the Canadian Wood Council, the FRR & STC tool (fire-resistance rating & sound transmission class) determines the applicable construction requirements related to fire safety in Sections 3.1 and 3.2 of the National Building Code (NBC). The FRR & STC tool helps designers, builders, as well as building and fire officials with the determination of generic fire-resistance rating designs of light wood-frame wall, floor, and roof assemblies using the Component Additive Method described in Appendix D of the NBC, which is referenced as an acceptable solution in Section 3.1 of the NBC and can be used for buildings permitted to be of combustible construction. In addition, the tool provides the sound transmission class (STC) value that is associated with each wall or floor assembly for which STC information is available.


This webinar has been accredited for issuing one continuing education unit by the Architect Institute of BC, BC Housing and The Engineering Institute of Canada.

Additional information about CodeCHEK can be found at: codechek.ca