What Is the BC Tall Wood Initiative (and How Is It Important?)

by Feb 27, 2021Mass Timber, Mass Timber Projects, Tall Wood Construction0 comments

A tall wood building is described as a building with over six storeys that uses wood for its building system and internal structure. The BC Tall Wood Initiative is a proposal to change the national building code in Canada, to allow for buildings that are up to 12 floors.

The Tall Wood Initiative in Canada is a cheaper, dependable, and environmental alternative compared to other types of building structures. Using wood has many benefits, including cost, sustainability, and improvements in time required for builds.

Mass timber buildings have environmental benefits as well. Trees get energy from the sun and absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As the trees grow they store carbon and when they are harvested consecutively they reduce greenhouse gases. The wood to be used in construction is to be harvested in a sustainable way.

The carbon stored in wood is not exposed to the atmosphere when harvested.  As fresh trees are planted, the new trees will continue the cycle of carbon storage.

The advances in technology have made it easier for wood to become the material of choice for the construction of tall buildings. Wood is a sustainable, renewable resource and helps to mitigate climate change.

Tall wood buildings provide an opportunity to connect rural resources with urban communities. This supports forest restoration, drives green building and addresses carbon emission mitigation objectives. The British Columbia Tall Wood Initiative offers benefits to everyone because of its durability, great performance, and long-term impact.

Seagate Mass Timber is leading the revolution in “Big Wood” being used in all areas of construction. Seagate has offices in British Columbia, Canada and the US in Washington state.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about your construction project, please call us at (604) 529-7685.

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