B.C. seems to be topping out when it comes to tall wood structures, with roughly 250 wood buildings built, under construction or planned in the province. At the University of B.C., an 18-storey student residence is touted to be one of the tallest wood buildings in the world, once complete in 2017.
The search for ways to build greener, more energy-efficient buildings has triggered a 21st century version of the old skyscraper race, but these contestants aren't made of concrete and steel. The recent Globe Conference on sustainability in Vancouver featured a session on how some municipalities are pushing the boundaries of building higher with wood.