Wood in low-rise commercial buildings

Innovative examples of mass timber use

Structural wood products offer viable and innovative solutions for low-rise commercial buildings. Compared with concrete and steel construction, the benefits of building with wood are substantial and far-reaching, and include reduced carbon impacts, accelerated speed of construction and enhanced building performance. As the three projects in this case study testify, building and design professionals have clearly embraced mass timber and technologically advanced wood systems as a new paradigm. These projects demonstrate reduced carbon impacts, accelerated speed of construction and enhanced building performance, and showcase mass timber and technologically advanced wood systems.

This WoodWorks BC case study examines three recently completed commercial buildings using mass timber and presents detailed information on the technical aspects to make mass timber a viable and innovative structural solution.The three projects featured are:

The MEC flagship store in Vancouver uses a cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam structure as part of a holistic approach to sustainable design.

MEC flagship store

MEC flagship store | Photo courtesy of Fast + Epp

The Fast + Epp home office in Vancouver uses CLT and glulam to showcase what is possible with mass timber design.

Fast + Epp Home Office Exterior

Fast + Epp home fffice | Photo credit: Michael Elkan Photography

PH1, now known as 1 Londsale, a zero-lot-line building located in the heart of North Vancouver’s Shipyards District built entirely of wood and designed to achieve Passive House certification.

PH1 rendering Hemsworth Architecture

PH1 (now 1 Londsale) | Rendering courtesy of Hemsworth Architecture

Wood in low-rise commercial buildings

This WoodWorks BC case study examines three recently completed low-rise commercial buildings in B.C. featuring mass timber products and systems as viable and innovative structural solutions.

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People at a workstation inside a wood building with a full glass wall with view to a green and sunny exterior.

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Log loading credit Nik West courtesy naturallywood.com

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