Green Building Elements (10/05/16) Abdelhamid, Aisha
Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, recently attended the "topping out" ceremony of the Brock Commons Residence, a new University of British Columbia student housing tower. The 18-story structure is a hybrid system comprised of cross-laminated timber floor slabs, glulam columns, steel connectors, and concrete cores. The building structure, which is on pace to achieve LEED Gold certification, was completed less than 70 days after delivery of prefabricated components to the site. Construction will now focus on finishing the building's interior elements, with completion scheduled for early May 2017. By using wood in the construction, the new building will store more than 1,750 metric tons of global-warming related greenhouse gases. The new building is part of Canada's Tall Wood Building Demonstration Initiative, which aims to expand the North American market for Canadian wood products, especially for use in wood-frame construction. Since 2007, Canada's national forest research institute, FPInnovations, has been collaborating with the Canadian Wood Council and the National Research Council to develop technical information supporting changes to the National Building Code of Canada. Meanwhile, Natural Resources Canada has invested $5 million to support the design and construction of wood buildings 10 stories tall or higher.