An update on wooden mid-rises, now permitted up to six storeys in Ontario, B.C. and QuebecCanadian Contractor
Ontario, B.C. and Quebec are now the three main jurisdictions permitted to build structures with wood up to six storeys.
Recently, the Quebec government published a wood building construction guide, showing how to use “mass timber” for building up to 12 storeys.
If 12 storeys sounds like a stretch for a wooden building, remember that structures exist in Europe – and not historical ones, either. Modern day practice.
Is there a possibility we might see timber structures this tall in Canada one day?
It’s entirely possible.
On cost, four-storey wood frame structures run about $150 a square foot, while six-storey ones costs $160-$190. Obviously these figures depend on finish quality and design. Concrete by comparison is about $230 a square foot.
Why not go the whole hog, roll back the clock to the 1904 era and to timber framing as it was back then, as shown in this illustration from Wikipedia:
Food for thought, will these wooden structures sell for less than there concrete version? Personally I don’t think so. What do you think?
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