Research in Canada and internationally has shown that it is possible to construct safe and functioning wood buildings greater than 6 storeys with the use of mass timber construction rather than the traditional light wood framing method. The province of Québec recently decided to follow Europe where mass timber construction is permitted. To that end, the Government of Québec announced last August the launch of a technical guide (in French) entitled Mass Timber Buildings of Up to 12 Storeys.
Prepared by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), this document contains guidelines for carrying out designs of mass timber buildings that would provide equivalent performance required by the building code. The technical expertise of FPInnovations researchers contributed to the successful completion of this document by providing support with regard to specific technical aspects such as fire safety.
The document has recently been translated into English to allow consultation by other jurisdictions or Canadian provinces. To learn more about this guide or to obtain an electronic copy, please visit this web page.