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Vancouver to allow for 12-storey mass timber buildings

May 27, 2020  By  PJ Boyd

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In a goal to reduce carbon pollution from construction materials and designs, Vancouver will soon allow for 12-story mass timber residential and commercial buildings, according to a Vancouver city council staff report set to go before city council today, Business Vancouver reports.

“Accepting taller mass timber construction with the building bylaw will make it easier to build with low carbon materials, support future housing affordability and represent an important first step in reducing our carbon pollution from construction,” said the report, noting the manufacture, use and disposal of construction materials represent 11 per cent of global carbon pollution.

The staff report noted studies of mass timber projects showed a reduction of carbon pollution by 25 to 45 per cent or more during construction. The buildings are also more energy efficient since wood is a natural insulator.

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