Woodwork

Remember the provincial government's controversial promise to allow the construction of five and six storey wood-frame buildings? You remember, the ones that could be especially vulnerable to earthquake and fire damage? Well, the Campbell administration is having a stakeholder meeting on September 17 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Vancouver to "help ensure that all the potential issues involved in this change are carefully considered." Gee, what a grand idea! The following is a complete copy of the invite to that meeting, which will be attended by Housing and Social Development Minister Rich Coleman.

Ref: 131876
File: 255-30/6STRY
August 25, 2008
Greetings,

Re: 6 Storeys Residential Wood Buildings Project

The Province of British Columbia is developing a regulatory framework to allow the construction of 6 storey residential wood buildings.

I am writing to invite you to a stakeholder meeting in Vancouver on the afternoon of September 17th. Your organization's perspective and experience will help us ensure that all the potential issues involved in this change are carefully considered.

The meeting will take place in the Burrard Room of the Century Plaza Hotel at 1015 Burrard Street from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. Refreshments will be served beginning at 2:30 pm.

On the agenda for this meeting:

* Rich Coleman, Minister of Housing and Social Development, plans to attend to outline the government's intentions and expectations;
* Technical consultants will present their preliminary assessment of the regulatory changes required;
* We will explain the process we will be following on this project including approximate timelines and your opportunities for involvement; and
* You will have an opportunity to provide comments and ask questions.

Please forward to us contact information for the person who will represent your organization by return email to building.safety@gov.bc.ca.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,
Jeff Vasey
Executive Director, Building and Safety Policy Branch
Office of Housing and Construction Standards

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