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Wood construction up to 10 storeys? Canada Wood Council wants your ideas

In Ontario, you can't legally build a woodframe structure over the height of four storeys. In BC, that has been increased from four to six storeys.


June 12, 2013
By Steve Payne
Steve Payne

Two weeks ago, we reported how various groups in our industry are asking the Ontario government to change the building code to allow wood-frame construction to go up to six storeys, instead of the current four-storey limit.

B.C. increase the wood-frame height limit to six storeys a few years ago.

Now, the Canada Wood Council (www.cwc.ca) wants all of us to dream big. ย They are asking for ideas from builders, developers and architects on projects that would see wood-frame construction go up to the 10th floor. Wow. Is there a serious pushback from lumber producers to counter all those steel-and-glass low rise structures every big city is utilizing for condo construction, or what?

If you want to learn more about this “Call for Proposals” from the Canada Wood Council, click here.

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The photo shown on the front page of our website is The Landing, a medium-rise timberframe building (with exterior brick cladding) at 375 Water Street, Vancouver. That building would be illegal to build in Ontario, right now.ย