In 2015, the Province of Ontario modified its building code to accept mid-rise (5- and 6-storey) wood-frame buildings. It is anticipated that the success story in British Columbia (where more than 250 such buildings are now completed, under construction, or in the design stage since the British Columbia code change in 2009) will repeat itself at a higher magnitude in Ontario in the next five years.
In order to enhance the ability of the Ontario design and construction communities in designing mid-rise wood-frame buildings, FPInnovations, Wood WORKS! Ontario, and the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) staff joined forces and organized a very successful symposium. The event, which was held in Toronto on October 14, gathered over 200 participants who were interested in hearing about the latest developments in construction of mid-rise wood-frame buildings. The themes of the symposium related to structural analysis, fire, floor vibration, building movement, sound insulation, building enclosures, wood elevator shafts, and prefabrication, with some of them being presented by researchers of FPInnovations.
Each registrant received a copy of FPInnovations’ Mid-rise Wood-Frame Construction Handbook, a publication prepared in cooperation with CWC and the National Research Council. This way, findings from years of research that was conducted under Natural Resources Canada’s Transformative Technologies Program and at universities are being shared with the design and construction communities.
To get your copy of the Mid-rise Wood-Frame Construction Handbook or for more information on our Advanced Building Systems program, please visit FPInnovations’ website.