Building capacity local prefab mass timber solutions

Advancing mass timber

Building capacity local prefab mass timber solutions presents recommendations and steps local governments can implement to develop policies and regulations that support the adoption of mass timber construction in their jurisdictions. The guide is the result of extensive consultation conducted by Simon Fraser University’s Renewable Cities.

In 2022, Renewable Cities assembled an interdisciplinary project team of architects, planners, developers, and building officials to work with over 230 municipal and building stakeholders to increase understanding of key land use and permitting barriers for the construction of prefabricated and mid-rise mass timber structures. The result of those engagements is the development of this guide.

Local solutions

Mid-rise buildings (7 to 12 stories) constructed with prefabricated mass timber can offer environmental, economic, and community benefits across the province. Even though mass timber has advanced in British Columbia (B.C.), there are still hurdles to making it mainstream. The mid-rise mass timber building form provided in the BC Building Code does not necessarily align well with existing local government regulations and procedures.

This guide offers deep insights and specific recommendations to help support the advancement of mass timber construction in B.C.

Who is the guide for?

  • Local governments: To gain a better understanding of how prefabricated mass timber construction can support thriving communities.
  • Developers: How to support more mid-rise mass timber buildings at the local level.
  • Government: To learn how provincial and federal policies affect construction standards for municipalities and developers working on mass timber projects and ways to advance innovation in this space.


Building capacity local prefab mass timber solutions guide

This guide by Renewable Cities provides policy and process solutions that can be adopted by local governments to support the adoption of mass timber construction.

See all three guides

Click to get access to additional guides: The Local government quick reference handbook, and the Design solutions to prefab mass timber construction.

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