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Building code revisions lead to taller wood buildings
Building code revisions lead to taller wood buildings
May 2014
Canada
Building code revisions lead to taller wood buildings

Following a comprehensive process involving extensive public and technical consultations, the B.C. Building Code was revised in 2009 to increase the maximum height for wood-frame residential construction from four-to six-storeys. B.C. was the first province in Canada to make this change.

The result has been a boom in mid-rise construction across the province. Today in B.C. there are more than 150 projects comprising 202 mid-rise buildings either completed or in various stages of development – from project planning through to design and permitting.

Following B.C.’s lead, Quebec and Ontario have made changes to allow for taller wood frame buildings. Changes are anticipated in 2015 in the next update to the National Building Code of Canada.