Reaching New Heights – Brock Commons Tallwood House
Feature article – Canadian Architect
Author – Bruce Haden, MRAIC, Vancouver-based architect and urban designer
The world’s tallest contemporary mass timber building is nearing completion in Vancouver, presenting a pragmatic argument for how mass wood can be used for all types of buildings, from the audacious to the everyday. The new Brock Commons student residence at the University of British Columbia will be the tallest contemporary mass timber building in the world when finished this May. The term “mass timber” or “mass wood” covers an array of approaches, usually referring to a structural system combining engineered wood columns and floor slabs. In Canada, the most commonly referenced technical innovation, and one of the ones behind Brock Commons’ structure, is the cross-laminated timber (CLT) slab, available in a variety of thicknesses for different span requirements. Read the article.
New Permanent Wood Foundations Publication Now Available!
This publication brings together all of the standards and building practices used to build these types of foundations. The new 2016 edition has been updated to conform to the requirements of CSA S406-16, CSA O86-14 and NBC 2015. In addition, updated stud selection tables for PWF which support up to 3-storeys above the foundation, updated selection tables for PWF walls which support even backfill heights (e.g. walk-out basements), updated building science guidance and details, and additional requirements for PWF in high wind and seismic locations are also included. Purchase your copy today!
Wood Design & Construction Solutions Conference
The Wood Design & Construction Solutions Conference is timed to coincide with Wood Week BC – four events across 10 days, driving innovation in wood design and construction toward a low carbon, cost-effective and efficient future built environment. Hosted by the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, FPInnovations, Wood WORKS! BC, BC Wood, and supported by the Government of B.C., through Forestry Innovation Investment, this multi-day program will focus on the latest trends and topics in wood building and design, wood research, innovation and environmental performance with a range of educational, touring and networking opportunities. Learn more at www.woodweekbc.ca.
The Forest Products Association of Canada and the Canadian Wood Council bullfrogpower Head Offices as part of “30 by 30” Climate Challenge
Ottawa, ON, September 22, 2016—Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, is announcing a new partnership that will see both the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) choose 100 per cent green electricity and 100 per cent green natural gas for their head offices in Ottawa. Read the press release.
Tall Wood Building Demonstration Project Reaches New Heights in Canada
Three years after launching a request for an Expression of Interest, through funding received from Natural Resources Canada, for Canadian design teams willing to undertake an innovative approach to designing and building high-rise wood demonstration projects, the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) was proudly in attendance at the ‘topping out’ celebration of the University of British Columbia’s Brock Commons Phase 1 tall wood student residence. Read the press release.
2015 Wood Design Manual is now available!
The Wood Design Manual is the essential wood design publication. The 2015 edition (published 2016) is updated in compliance with National Building Code of Canada 2015 and CSA Standard O86-2014. The major updates include the mechanics based approach for determining the shear resistance of shearwalls and diaphragms along with the selection tables that were developed based on this methodology. Also included are updated nails, screws and bolts selection tables, and design information on mid-rise wood frame construction. The 2015 Wood Design Manual includes the “Engineering design in wood” Standard (CSA O86-14) and is available in a printed format. An electronic format will be available soon. Purchase your copy today!
Press Release – Tall Wood Building Momentum Reaches Québec
Canadian Wood Council Applauds Announcement of the Origine Project.
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Ontario Develops Best Practice Guideline for Fire Safety during Construction
As an organization dedicated to safe construction practices, the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) and its Ontario Wood WORKS! program expressed appreciation to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) for the opportunity to participate in the development of a best practice Guideline: Fire Safety during Construction of Five- and Six-Storey Wood Buildings in Ontario. Read the press release.
Forest Product Industry First to Respond to Growing Climate Change Challenges
The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) is supportive of the Forest Products Association of Canada’s (FPAC) May 2nd launch of the ‘30 by 30’ climate change challenge – a commitment to help Canada remove 30 megatonnes (MT) of CO2 by the year 2030. Read the press release.