Recent changes to the National Building Code (NBCC), and a trend towards more diversified housing options, have meant that many Canadian jurisdictions are acting quickly to capture the environmental, economic and social benefits of higher wood buildings. The NBCC now allows for the height restriction of light wood frame construction to be increased to 6 stories. Today, already 75% of Canadians live in jurisdictions that allow 6 storey wood frame construction.
With the overall benefits of using wood as a building material well documented, Atlantic WoodWORKS! embarked on studying the opportunities for 6 storey wood construction in Atlantic Canadian Centres. UPLAND was leading a consulting team to cary out the research, which included a comprehensive market study and projections for mid-rise demand in four major centres in Atlantic Canada, a review of recent and upcoming planning changes in major Atlantic Canadian cities and a full cost analysis, comparing wood construction to three other construction methods in use in the Atlantic market using a real-life wood mid-rise structure built by an experienced builder.
The full results of this study were consolidated into a comprehensive research report by UPLAND.
UPLAND also prepared a ten-page brochure that summarizes the research results in an accessible and easy-to-read format.
The results of the study were presented by UPLAND and its partnering consulting firms at the 2016 Wood Design Awards Symposium.