From the outside, the four-storeyapartment building clad in brick and vinyl looks like any other new mid-rise residential structure. What sets it apart – and signals a coming trend – is hidden from view: The building is framed in wood, not concrete or steel.
Here, and elsewhere in Canada, wood-frame construction is about to lose its invisibility.
Under recent and pending building codes revisions in several Canadian jurisdictions, wood will be permitted in multiresidential and office buildings up to six storeys (compared with fourstoreys in most jurisdictions) with extra fire safety safeguards.
Image by Province of British Columbia / Flickr.com