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, one cost comparison report and one life-cycle analysis 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.

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