Those supporting the taller wood-frame buildings in British Columbia could get a boost tomorrow. That's when Wood WORKS!/Canadian Wood Council sustainability and special projects director Peter Moonen is scheduled to speak at Buildex Vancouver delegates about the economic advantages of green buildings. And, during that discussion, Mr. Moonen has said he'll be citing a nine storey wooden residential building in East London as one of his examples. Speaking to the Journal of Commerce's Jean Sorensen, Mr. Moonen said using wood in innovative ways to create larger structures is topical for builders because of the government's recent decision to allow the construction of five and six storey wood-frame buildings. That decision has become mired in controversy, with engineering, fire and earthquake experts raising safety concerns about such buildings.
February 11, 2009