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DES517-A – Mid-Rise Light Wood Frame Construction Gains Momentum

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The case for using wood in mid-rise multi-story construction is continuing to grow - fuelled in large part by rising costs, green building mandates, and the need for urban intensification. In recent years, jurisdictions across North America have amended or expanded building codes to permit the use of wood as a structural material in mid-rise construction. A growing list of exemplary projects - many of which employ the most modern design approaches to seismic and fire safety, acoustical and material performance - and subsequent studies and best practices, are leveling the playing field so that wood, concrete and steel can compete equally. This course discusses the growing acceptance of mid-rise light wood frame construction.

Learning objectives: 

  1. Be able to list the advantages of mid-rise light wood-frame construction.
  2. Be able to discuss the impact of changes in the BC Building Code, combined with the BC Wood First Act.
  3. Be able to identify and describe several examples of mid-rise wood-frame construction.
  4. Be able to explain the correlation between wood use and carbon footprint.

Equivalencies: 1.0 Hours of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1 Learning Units (LU)


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