Time for mass timber and prefab? B.C. eyes changes to ‘bias’ in building code

By Penny Daflos
CTV News
May 24, 2023
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government in BC is looking at ways to bring housing online faster and more sustainably. Prefabrication and mass timber construction make up only a small portion of the housing built in the province and the housing minister sees regulations ripe for change to make them a more attractive option for builders. “It means you can get projects done at double the speed of traditional methods,” said Ravi Kahlon of pre-fab construction. “We (also) need to look at the building code to find ways to make the ability to use mass timber in housing much more smooth. We know there’s a bias against mass timber in the building code.” …In B.C., houses and townhomes are essentially built from scratch on-site but in much of the world panels are pre-fabricated more efficiently in warehouses and assembled on-site.

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