UBC wood tower a game-changer for construction

August 10, 2016

A student residence under construction at the University of British Columbia could set a new precedent for wooden towers in Canada. The 18-storey Brock Commons is intended to show developers and the public that wood can be as effective as steel or concrete, better for the environment and support the country's forestry industry.Taller buildings require so-called mass timber supports and special cross-laminated timber plates that act similarly to concrete slabs. Mass timber is a large section of wood, suitable for competing with concrete, masonry or steel construction.