Heavy Timber Construction Building Code and Fire Engineering Opportunities

Heavy timber construction has a long history of use in buildings up to and including 8-storey buildings still in use in both Vancouver and Toronto. Although heavy timber has been the preferred material for construction of large buildings at the turn of the last century, it fell out of use in the middle of the last century due to building codes that were introduced to the country with strict requirements for combustible construction. However, there is now a renewed interest for wood in large buildings due to the material’s benefits to the environment, ease of workmanship, and the warm and inviting aesthetics.


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