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.
Online Learning with the Wood WORKS! eLearning Centre
Free online courses – found at www.woodworkselearning.com – are self-paced and available 24/7. Courses feature a prestigious international faculty of Architects, Engineers, Researchers and Educators that present online modules providing you with the most current information on wood materials, design and applications. Click HERE to browse the course catalogue.
New technical reports outline viable three- and four-storey wood school building options
The Canadian Wood Council/Wood WORKS! BC are pleased to announce the release of two technical reports relating to the future use of mass timber and/or wood-frame construction and taller schools than currently permitted under the building code. The Vancouver School Board has 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, but this option is not currently included as an acceptable solution in the building 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. While two-storey wood schools are included in the BC Building Code, 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 reports illustrate viable timber construction approaches that offer the same level of performance relative to fire safety as currently required by the Building Code. It is hoped that these studies will inspire school boards to use wood in taller schools in urban areas.
Download your copies of the reports below:
Wood WORKS! BC Case Studies
Click here to download your electronic copy of the guide and here for the insert; or contact Wood WORKS! BC to receive a free hard-copy by mail.
The expansion of mid-rise wood-frame residential design across the province
21st 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.
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.
Building with Wood in British Columbia – It’s Our Story
naturally:wood is a comprehensive information resource featuring:
- Videos and case studies on leading edge non-residential and mid-rise structures using B.C. wood products
- Guides to wood and green building
- Wide variety B.C.’s softwood and hardwood species and products
- Research and facts on B.C. forests
- 600+ B.C. manufacturers of exterior and interior, construction and finishing, specialty and reclaimed products of all kinds
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