Future Looking Up for Wood-Frame Structures

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - One thing standing in the way of six- to
eight-storey structures made with wood in Canada is a National Building Code
that limits wood construction to four storeys.
    "There are so many reasons why we should be building mid-rise structures
with wood, especially in Canada," says Mary Tracey, executive director of BC
Wood WORKS!, an initiative under the Canadian Wood Council. "Wood is the most
sustainable, natural and renewable building material. Many countries,
including the United States, England and New Zealand, have been building
6-8 story wood frame buildings for many years."
    Just last month, the British Columbia government announced plans to
increase the limit on wood-frame construction in the BC Building Code to six
storeys from four in January 2009. British Columbia will also work with BC
Wood WORKS! on an innovative demonstration project that will provide
additional insights into six-storey wood construction in the province.
    The Canadian Wood Council is working hard nationally to explode the myths
and show wood is a safe, durable, comfortable, high-performance choice for
taller buildings. It commissioned a position paper, and recently held expert
forums in Vancouver and Toronto so industry experts could explore challenges
and solutions, and learn from experiences in other countries.
    "Once we design and build prototypes in eastern and western Canada, we
will be in a solid position to apply for revisions to the National Building
Code," says Tracey.

    The BC Wood WORKS! Wood Design Luncheon Conferences in Kelowna (Nov. 28)
and Victoria (Dec. 2), will include a presentation by Shelley Craig, a partner
with Urban Arts Architecture in Vancouver, on the architectural, code and
structural challenges that need to be addressed. The seminars are tailored for
decision makers in the construction industry, and attendance is free for those
who register by Nov. 28. Call Lorna Malone at 1-877-929-9663 (ext 4) or visit
the BC Wood WORKS! conference page at www.wood-works.ca

For further information:

For further information: Mary Tracey, Executive Director BC Wood WORKS!,
mtracey@wood-works.ca, or 877 929 9663 ext 1

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