Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 – 1pm PDT – webinar

Presented by Marc Alam, Manager, Codes & Standards – Fire, at the Canadian Wood Council, this webinar will cover two new free online tools for checking wood design and construction building code conformance: Codices and FRR & STC tools.

CodeCHEK allows designers, builders, as well as building and fire officials to determine if and when light wood-frame, heavy timber, mass timber and/or encapsulated mass timber construction can be used in a variety of building types within the current building codes. Developed by the Canadian Wood Council under the Wood WORKS! program, CodeCHEK’s capabilities include the B.C. Building Code, the new City of Vancouver Building Bylaw and the recently implemented 2020 National Building Code Tall Wood Provisions.

Developed by the Canadian Wood Council, the FRR & STC tool (fire-resistance rating & sound transmission class) determines the applicable construction requirements related to fire safety in Sections 3.1 and 3.2 of the National Building Code (NBC). The FRR & STC tool helps designers, builders, as well as building and fire officials with the determination of generic fire-resistance rating designs of light wood-frame wall, floor, and roof assemblies using the Component Additive Method described in Appendix D of the NBC, which is referenced as an acceptable solution in Section 3.1 of the NBC and can be used for buildings permitted to be of combustible construction. In addition, the tool provides the sound transmission class (STC) value that is associated with each wall or floor assembly for which STC information is available.


This webinar has been accredited for issuing one continuing education unit by the Architect Institute of BC, BC Housing and The Engineering Institute of Canada.

Additional information about CodeCHEK can be found at: