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After receiving support from Canada Wood China, in February 2017, China’s Ministry of Housing and UrbanRural Development issued a new standard for multistorey and high-rise timber buildings (the new code will take effect on October 1, 2017). In line with a global push towards taller wood structures, the code aims to broaden the scope of application of timber structures beyond the current three-storey limit, allowing wood structures up to five-storeys and, on a case-to-case basis, up to 18 storeys.

In 2016/17, several delegations from China, including representatives from the Donghu Group, visited Brock Commons at the University of British Columbia. At 18 storeys, it equals the highest timber structure now permitted in certain parts of China.