B.C. expanding use of mass timber in buildings (flickr.com)

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Facts about mass timber

Mass timber products are solid, structural load-bearing components, such as columns, beams and panels, used to build residential and industrial buildings.

  • Most mass timber used in buildings is encapsulated, but proposed code changes would safely allow for more exposed mass timber or fewer layers of encapsulation in some buildings, adding for more architectural options through visually exposed wood.
  • Mass timber can match or exceed the structural performance of concrete and steel, while reducing carbon emissions by as much as 45%.
  • By 2035, B.C.’s mass timber sector is projected to be worth $403 million, supporting over 4,000 direct and indirect jobs in manufacturing, technology, forestry, design and engineering, and bring new jobs to communities throughout the province.
  • The mass timber sector will also promote new technologies and approaches to further support existing jobs.