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Burnaby won’t be seeing 12-storey wood-frame buildings anytime soon

By Dustin Godfrey
Burnaby Now
February 12, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Burnaby won’t be seeing 12-storey wood-frame buildings anytime in the next couple of years, with city staff expressing significant concerns with the province’s pilot program to double the height limits of wood construction. But the city will likely be removing red tape around five- and six-storey wood-frame buildings in the near future. …“While the planning department is generally agnostic with respect to construction methods for new development projects … the building division and fire department have justified reservations about early adoption of encapsulated mass timber construction,” staff wrote in their report. Staff also noted that the use of mass timber construction is still “experimental in nature.” “Staff feel that the initiative is premature, as the relevant building codes have not yet been adopted nationally. …Staff also noted that the use of mass timber construction is still “experimental in nature.”

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