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FPInnovations releases Mid-rise Wood-Frame Construction Handbook

October 28, 2015 – FPInnovations has published the Mid-rise Wood-Frame Construction Handbook to help facilitate the design and construction of five- and six-storey wood-frame buildings across Canada. The handbook is intended to be used by early adopters and mainstream design practitioners to design mid-rise wood frame buildings in compliance with the National Code, Provincial Codes, and the Canadian Standard for Engineering Design in Wood.

“FPInnovations is continuing to assume its leadership role by paving the way for wood-based, living solutions,” said Pierre Lapointe, president and CEO, FPInnovations. “The Handbook provides architects, engineers, code consultants, developers, owners and authorities having jurisdiction the knowledge necessary to design and construct buildings to the highest possible standards of safety using wood, an abundant and renewable natural resource and a cornerstone of the Canadian economy. I hope that this handbook will attract and inspire the vision and creativity of budding architects, engineers, designers, and builders to adopt wood construction systems.”  

The growing interest in wood-frame construction as an economical and environmentally friendly type of construction, along with the growth in the urban population, prompted the regulatory authorities of many provinces to allow taller wood-frame buildings over the past few years.

Developed in collaboration with the Canadian Wood Council and the National Research Council, and with financial support from Natural Resources Canada, the Mid-rise Wood-Frame Construction Handbook is comprised of 10 chapters covering multi-disciplinary aspects. The handbook captures in a single document the knowledge of more than 40 experts and specialists, and provides practical solutions by making use of the most recently developed technical and research information to assist designers, architects, and engineers.

The Handbook is available in a print and a print/pdf combo version at http://midriseguide.fpinnovations.ca.