All-wood B.C. building sets green standard

Posted by Mike Confino, June 20, 2014

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Nine months into construction, crews in Prince George, B.C., have unveiled the facade of the first high-rise built entirely of wood.

Standing 30 metres high, the Wood Innovation Design Centre at 5th Avenue and George Street will be the tallest modern all-wood building in the world when it’s completed.

“Once we leave the ground, there’s nothing but wood,” said the building’s architect, Michael Green. “It’s a really unique project from that point of view.”

The province gave Mr. Green’s firm special permission to build the university and office space as a pilot project outside the rules of British Columbia’s building code, which has a six-storey limit for wood construction. The high-ceilinged building will have six storeys, but be as tall as most 10-storey high-rises.

via All-wood B.C. building sets green standard – The Globe and Mail.

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