Intelligent City and LWPAC co-author the B.C. 12-Storey Mass Timber Practice Guide

British Columbia is leading the way in high-rise mass-timber construction, and Intelligent City and LWPAC are at the forefront.

We are proud to announce that, co-authored by Intelligent City and LWPAC, the Joint Professional Practice Guidelines – Encapsulated Mass Timber Construction Up to 12 Storeys (PDF) were jointly published by the AIBC and Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia.

For architects, these guidelines provide important information and identify issues to be considered when providing architectural services for Encapsulated Mass Timber Construction (EMTC) buildings. These guidelines deal with the performance of specific activities in a manner such that architects and engineering professionals can meet their professional obligations under the Architects Act and the Professional Governance Act.

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The Joint Professional Practice Guidelines – Encapsulated Mass Timber Construction Up to 12 Storeys were published to provide guidance on architectural and engineering considerations relating to changes made to the 2018 BCBC, the 2019 VBBL, and the 2018 BCFC. Specifically, these guidelines were developed in response to new classifications of building size and construction relative to occupancy introduced in the 2018 British Columbia Building Code (BCBC), under Division B, Article Group C, up to 12 storeys, Sprinklered, and Article Group D, up to 12 storeys, Sprinklered. These new classifications were introduced in Revision 2 of the 2018 BCBC on December 12, 2019 and in Amendment 12715 of the 2019 Vancouver Building By-law (VBBL) on July 1, 2020. Additionally, provisions related to Encapsulated Mass Timber Construction (EMTC) were introduced in Revision 1 of the 2018 British Columbia Fire Code (BCFC) on December 12, 2019.


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