Nearly 70 mid-rise wood-frame buildings are either under construction or consideration across British Columbia, demonstrating growing support for the Province’s Wood First Initiative, Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell announced recently as part of National Forest Week.
“Thanks to Wood First and changes to the B.C. Building Code, we’re proving that B.C. is a leader in wood design, knowledge and technology,” said Bell.
One example is the Library Square development in Kamloops. Framing of the six-storey, commercial-use, wood-frame building was recently completed. Originally the project included a steel frame but was redesigned to realize cost savings following changes to the BC Building Code in 2009 that allow for six-storey, wood-frame construction.
The Wood First Act became law in October 2009 and requires that wood be considered as the primary building material in all provincially funded building projects.
To assist local governments in incorporating more wood into their building projects, the Province will launch a web-based tool called the “Appropriate Use of Wood Matrix” this fall. The matrix will summarize best practices for using wood building systems and materials, and provide access to case studies and other design resources.
For more information on the Province’s Wood First Initiative, visit: www.for.gov.bc.ca/mof/woodfirst.