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The Canadian Wood Council and Wood WORKS! produces and distributes a number of case studies and publications.  A list of Free publications is available for download from the CWC website.  The Canadian Wood Council also publishes a number of publications that are available for purchase from the CWC/Wood WORKS! WebStore.

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New technical reports outline viable three- and four-storey wood school building options

The Canadian Wood Council and Wood WORKS! BC are pleased to announce the release of two technical reports and one cost comparison report related to the use of mass timber and/or wood-frame construction in taller schools than currently permitted under the BC Building Code. Some BC school boards have identified the need for larger 3- and 4-storey schools, and mass timber/light wood-frame provides a sustainable cost-effective option for meeting this need.  Only two-storey wood schools are allowed under the existing BC code. It is important to recognize that solutions which are not included in the building code can be viable solutions but have not yet been explored or put forward to the national and provincial building code committees.  Three- and four-storey schools require an Alternative Solution for an approved building permit.

Titled Design Options for Three-and Four-Storey Wood School Buildings in BC, and Risk Analysis and Alternative Solution for 3- and 4-Storey Schools, the first two reports illustrate viable timber construction approaches that offer the same level of performance relative to fire safety as currently required by the building code.

A third report compares the total expected costs of the three different wood solutions with a comparable steel-designed solution.  While the wood designs are more cost effective, particularly the hybrid mass timber and light wood-frame option, all options are relatively close in cost, and are below the cost of the steel option. 

It is hoped that these studies will inspire school boards to use wood for taller schools in urban areas, toward healthier lower-carbon, higher density buildings for better living and learning.   

Download your copies of the reports below:

Design Options for Three- and Four-Storey Wood School Buildings in BC Final

Risk Analysis and Alternative Solution for Three- and Four-Storey Schools of Mass Timber and Wood-Frame Construction

Four-Storey Wood School Design in British Columbia: An Analysis of Structural System Cost Comparisons


Wood WORKS! BC Case Studies

NEW! Case Study: Wood in Civic Buildings

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Case Study: Wood in Commercial Buildings

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NEW! Case Study: Industrial Buildings

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Case Study: Brock Commons

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Mid-Rise Best Practice Guide

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Case Study: Mid-Rise 2.0

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Case Study: UBCO Fitness and Wellness Centre

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2016 Seismic promoCase Study: Seismic Design With Wood

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WIDCpromoCase Study: Wood Innovation and Design Centre

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PuttingWood2WorkinBCPutting Wood to Work in BC: A User’s Guide

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Case Study: Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office

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Case Study: Mid-Rise Wood Frame Residential Construction in BC  

The expansion of mid-rise wood-frame residential design across the province

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SMH Case StudyCase Study: Surrey Memorial Hospital

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ContractorsBrochure21st Century Wood Design, Building and Construction Solutions – A primer for contractors and builders.

This comprehensive yet concise publication provides an overview of a new generation of wood building products, systems and techniques which are making bigger, taller and more complex wood buildings possible.  This B.C. publication showcases where innovative wood products have been used in recent projects in B.C. and answers common questions.

Contact Wood WORKS! BC for a free hard-copy.


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Wall Thermal Design Calculator

Developed by the Canadian Wood Council, this interactive online tool allows designers to quickly determine suitable wall assemblies for each climate zone throughout Canada.  The wall assemblies will comply with any building code that enables designers to choose an effective R value.

Visit www.cwc.ca/wtd or contact Rob Jonkman for more information.


Building with Wood in British Columbia – It’s Our Story


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