Wood construction takes centre stage this year at Buildex

Posted by Rumin Mann
February 12th, 2013

As stronger wood products hit the construction market, expect the height of wood structures to rise, say engineers and architects.

In the seminar Innovation in Wood Construction, engineer Eric Karsh and architect Jana Foit will hammer home the benefits of wood construction and how new wood building materials will lead to projects beyond the six-storey limit that exists in B.C. today.

“The new wood products have progressed so much. Building codes need to recognize the differences and include them in the standards,” said Karsh, a civil engineer and principal at Vancouver’s Equilibrium Consulting.

One product he expects to be included in Canadian building codes within a few years is cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels.

The panels, which can be 10 feet wide by 40 feet long and up to 16 inches thick, are built up from narrow planks, roughly one inch thick.

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