British Columbia building codes recognize wood’s safety and structural performance capabilities and allow its use in a wide range of building types. Many public buildings in B.C., including schools, libraries, hospitals and government buildings, are using wood for its versatility, durability and environmental benefits.
Building codes and regulations across North America have recognized the advances in wood science and building technology, which have expanded options for wood construction in residential and non-residential buildings, including multi-family, mid-rise, educational, commercial, industrial, retail, public, recreational and institutional buildings.
Building codes in various jurisdictions, such as B.C., Ontario, Japan, France and New Zealand, have been amended in recent years to allow wood-frame buildings as high as six storeys. Brock Commons Tallwood House at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is a 53 metre-high (173 feet) mass timber hybrid student residence. Brock Commons is comprised of 17 storey of mass timber construction over one storey of concrete and two concrete stair cores. It is the tallest contemporary structure of its kind in the world at 18 storeys in height.
Some design guidelines to consider for wood use include Allowable Stress Design, Load and Resistance Factor Design and fire resistance ratings. To find out more about the building codes and regulations in your jurisdiction, contact your local authorities.
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