Vancouver approves new incentives for mass timber construction

By Claire Wilson
Business in Vancouver
February 28, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ken Sim

Vancouver city council is branching out with new incentives to spur more mass timber construction. The motion approved on Feb. 27, which will amend the city’s zoning and development bylaw, proposes a rezoning policy to accelerate mass timber construction for new buildings taller than six storeys. New buildings in areas that would typically allow for eight to 11 storeys can qualify for two additional storeys, and buildings in areas that allow for 12 or more storeys can qualify for three additional storeys. The city’s aim is to provide additional support at the pre-application stage for those looking to build with mass timber. …The province announced last December it would consider changes to B.C. building and fire codes to allow as many as 18 storeys. “It’s a game-changer, offering significant environmental benefits by reducing emissions compared to typical concrete buildings. It’s not only affordable and safe, but stands strong against fires and earthquakes,” said Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim.

Additional coverage in the Daily Hive, by Kenneth Chan: New policies encouraging mass-timber towers approved by Vancouver City Council

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