With considerable input from Paul Morris and Rod Stirling, two Canadian standards have been substantially updated and revised, with new editions published in 2015. These are CSA O80 Series-15 General Requirements for Wood Preservation and CSA O322-15 Procedure for Certification of Pressure-Treated Wood Materials for Use in Permanent Wood Foundations.
The CSA O80 series had undergone several minor amendments since the 2008 edition but most of the text remained unchanged from the major conversion of the CSA wood preservation standards to the use category system based on the American Wood Protection Association standards. That had been a major effort, involving a complete re-write, so it was not surprising that omissions, inaccuracies, inconsistencies, and a level of disjointedness among sections had all crept into the standard. All of these issues, identified in a thorough review, were addressed in the 2015 edition. In most cases, FPInnovations staff were called upon to track down omissions from previous editions, correct inaccuracies, and resolve inconsistencies. The staff also helped re-order the first few sections of the standards to make them flow more logically and be more understandable to the user.
CSA O322 had undergone virtually no review since it was originally written in 1976 and none of the original drafters were still active on the committee. Considerable re-interpretation and rewriting was also needed on that standard.
A related standard, CSA S406-14 Specification of Permanent Wood Foundations for Housing and Small Buildings, was updated and published the previous year. This was very timely because permanent wood foundations are the ideal approach for construction of northern and indigenous housing since they are easier than concrete to transport to remote locations, have a lower carbon footprint, are easier to insulate, and can be constructed in cold weather that would preclude the use of concrete.
As of fall 2014, Rod Stirling has been the vice-chairman of the CSA A366 committee.