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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.

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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

 

Wood Webinar Wednesday (August 12) – Mass Timber: Unlocking the Mysteries of Connection Design and Fabrication

Melissa will discuss the role of the specialty structural engineer in glulam connection design for your project. Tips will be provided to help streamline the work of the project architect and engineer of record, and also highlight specific detailing situations to help construction run more smoothly. Glulam fabrication will be discussed: from chisels to CNC machines. Some examples will be given to see what is possible during this timber connection renaissance, made possible by 3D fabrication models and CNC machines.

Wood Webinar Wednesday (July 29) – DLT & Mass Timber Construction: Beautiful, Efficient, and Versatile

What does it take to efficiently engineer and build mass timber buildings? How can timber be integrated into a project so that the structure is cost-competitive, while still maintaining the architectural vision, elegance and quality? We will explore these questions and also look at the features and key design parameters when using DLT, the all wood mass timber product. Larger mass timber commercial buildings such as The Soto Office in San Antonio will be examined, as well as the use of mass timber in several local schools and community centres. 

Wood Webinar Wednesday (July 15) – Online Tools for Wood Construction – CodeCHEK and FRR & STC

This webinar will cover two new free online tools developed by the Canadian Wood Council: CodeCHEK and FRR & STC Tool. Register today!

CodeCHEK helps designers to determine if and when lightweight wood-frame, heavy timber, mass timber and/or encapsulated mass timber construction can be used, and to determine the applicable construction requirements related to fire safety in Sections 3.1 and 3.2 of the National Building Code (NBC).

The FRR & STC (fire-resistance rating & sound transmission class) Tool helps designers in the determination of generic fire-resistance rating designs of lightweight 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.