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Vancouver city council has adopted new rules that incentivize mass-timber developments.

Vancouver Incentivizes Mass-Timber Developments

Vancouver city council has adopted new rules that incentivize mass-timber developments.

Councillors approved a motion to create a new zoning bylaw that allows for taller buildings constructed with mass timber. The new rules are designed to promote more sustainable construction practices and reduce emissions.

Buildings in areas that allow eight to 11 stories will be allowed to add two additional floors. Three storeys may be added to buildings in areas that permit 12 or more levels.

“It’s a game-changer, offering significant environmental benefits by reducing emissions compared to typical concrete buildings,” said Mayor Ken Sim of mass timber in a news release “It’s not only affordable and safe, but stands strong against fires and earthquakes. Embracing eco-friendly materials like mass timber isn’t just responsible – it’s a boost for our local economy, creating jobs right here in our community.”  

Vancouver’s move comes after the B.C. government increased the maximum height of mass timber buildings by 50%.

According to the city’s news release, mass timber has the potential to reduce embodied emissions 25% to 40%. Engineered for strength, mass timber products are thick, compressed layers of wood used for columns, beams and panels that uphold buildings.

Mass timber products deploy small pieces of wood that are fastened together to create in one large component.

Pictured: Vancouver mass timber building

Photo: City of Vancouver


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