BC’s Mass Timber Demonstration Program in Around Town

September 15, 2022

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In 2020, Canada’s National Building Code was updated to permit buildings up to 12 stories to be built using wood and mass timber construction.  Expressions of Interest are being accepted for the 3rd intake of the Mass Timber Demonstration Program (MTDP).

The rehabilitation and addition to 837 Beatty Street in Vancouver a project funded under the Mass Timber Demonstration program. It is an existing three-storey former warehouse. The project will restore the existing building and add four stories of commercial mixed-use space. Rendering courtesy of the office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers inc.

Successful applicants may be eligible to receive up to $500,000.00 towards the incremental costs in the design and construction of buildings that showcase emerging or new mass timber or mass timber hybrid building systems and construction processes.

Eligible applicants include:

  • For-profit organizations registered in British Columbia (i.e. developers, building owners);
  • Not-for-profit organizations incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation or society formed under an Act of Canada or the Province of B.C. and in good standing under the relevant Act;
  • British Columbia local governments (i.e., municipalities and regional districts); and
  • First Nations governments and organizations.

The long-term goals are to expand the use of mass timber in B.C., to overcome barriers to the development of mass timber expertise and construction, and to lock in B.C.’s global leadership in advanced wood products, technologies and services.

An informational webinar on September 21 at 12:00pm will go over key highlights of the program including submission requirements and showcase projects that are currently being funded. To attend, visit www.masstimberbc.ca/how-to-apply.

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