Wood Innovation in Emerging Building Systems

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Four case studies and architectural drawings that provide solutions to common issues in mass timber building design are now available for download in PDF and Revit. Recognizing there is a need to support early adopters and foster the uptake of mass timber buildings, these case studies will make it easier for specifiers and engineers to incorporate emerging building system methods into their practice.

This phased project consisted of preliminary research, a workshop involving industry leaders and the resulting design solutions which are summarized in the Emerging Building Systems and Wood Innovation report.

The case studies were developed through a collaborative process between architecture, engineering and construction leaders in B.C., where the technical and regulatory issues that arise when applying innovations in mass timber building design were explored.

Design solutions to common problems were developed into diagrams, drawings and key project considerations to help overcome barriers to mass timber adoption. The conceptual examples include:

Case Study 1: Mixed-use residential in Vancouver

A six-storey mixed use building with ground floor commercial space, four storeys of residential apartments and a rooftop daycare. The challenges in this project were the need for a Passive House compliant fire rated exterior wall for a zero-lot line condition, the fire separations between, and access to, the residential and daycare, and zoning setbacks at the fourth and fifth storeys.

Case Study 2: Multi-tenant office in Victoria

A four-storey, multi-tenant commercial office building arranged around an atrium, with a requirement for a high-performance curtain wall with maximum transparency.

Case Study 3: Seniors housing in Surrey

An eight-storey seniors’ residence with common areas on the ground floor, and the possibility of future conversion to a care facility. The main challenges in this project related to the code implications of the proposed change of use, and the need for a shallow floor depth to comply with height restriction in the zoning bylaw.

Case Study 4: Commercial mixed use with supermarket in Vancouver

A four-storey commercial building with a supermarket on the ground floor and offices above. The main challenge in this project was the need to transfer loads from the smaller column grid of the upper floor offices to the larger grid required by the supermarket.

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